Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip tested positive for coronavirus shortly before announcing the pregnancy

By Stephanie Petit
January 12, 2021 01:19 PM
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Everything is going well for Princess Sofia of Sweden and baby!

The Swedish Royal Court has given an update on the royal's pregnancy to the Swedish's Svensk Damtiding magazine. "Princess Sofia is still fine, and everything is going well," they said in a statement.

Princess Sofia's pregnancy news came in December, shortly after she and husband Prince Carl Philip announced that they had tested positive for coronavirus and were quarantining. 

The royal couple began to experience flu-like symptoms in late November, not long after family members gathered to mourn Queen Silvia's brother, Walther Sommerlath, who died on Oct. 23.

Princess Sofia, 36, has been praised for her efforts to help amid the pandemic. In April, in order to help ease the strain on the healthcare system, she completed an intensive online training program in order to volunteer at Sophiahemmet Hospital, of which she is Honorary Chair.

Princess Sofia
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Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip shared their baby news 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."

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

Princess Sofia gave a small glimpse of her baby bump in new photos and video of their family lighting candles to mark the third Sunday of Advent and celebrate St. Lucia's Day.

"We also want to express our warmest thanks for all the nice congratulations to our growing family," they wrote on Instagram.

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Prince Carl Philip's father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, announced in October 2019 that he decided to strip the HRH titles from children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia as well as his daughter Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's third child will be the family's first new addition since the rule went into effect. The baby won't have a HRH title like Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel did when they were born. The baby will have the title of Prince and Princess, but the title is personal and any future spouses or children will not have a right to them.