Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden are parents to Prince Alexander, 4, and Prince Gabriel, 3

By Simon Perry
December 11, 2020 08:03 AM
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The royal baby news keeps on coming! Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden are expecting their third child.

The Swedish royals made the announcement early Friday with a stunning black and white photo posted on the royal family's official Instagram page. "We are happy and excited and look forward to welcoming our third child," they said. "A new little member of our family."

Princess Sofia, 36, is said in the official announcement to be "doing well."

The baby, which the couple says is set to arrive in late March, early April 2021, will be a sibling for Prince Alexander, 4, and Prince Gabriel, 3. 

Their happy news comes just weeks after the royal couple announced that they tested positive for COVID-19 after they began to experience flu-like symptoms in late November.

"They feel relatively well under the circumstances," Margareta Thorgren, the Royal Court’s Director of the Information and Press Department, said at the time.

Sofia and Carl Philip's baby news also comes days after Mike Tindall revealed on a podcast that he and wife Zara are also set to have a third child — another great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth.

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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia/Instagram
Princess Sofia & Prince Carl Philip
Prince Carl Philip, Prince Gabriel and Princess Sofia
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Earlier this year, Carl Philip, 41 — who is fourth in line to the Swedish throne — and Sofia gave a hint of how much they enjoy taking their children on outings when they treated Gabriel to a visit to the Saterdalen nature reserve in August. There, little Gabriel painted a birdhouse that will be on show in the country park. He even wore a neon green smock to keep his blue sweater styled over a collared shirt from getting messy.

Princess Sofia of Sweden first day at work, Sophiahemmet hospital, Stockholm, Sweden - 16 Apr 2020
Princess Sofia
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In addition to taking care of her two children and preparing for a third, during the first months of the coronavirus outbreak, Sofia traded in her tiara for scrubs to help take care of patients. She completed an intensive training program online and then started working at Sophiahemmet Hospital, of which she is Honorary Chair.