The royal mom-to-be accepts gracefully after she receives the "honor" from readers of a rural website

By Caris Davis
Updated January 18, 2016 12:45 PM
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With her treasury of tiaras and gowns, we don’t think of Sweden’s Princess Sofia as a country girl – but readers of a rural web site in her homeland disagree.

The mom-to-be says she’s “flattered” that visitors to the Swedish rural website Land have voted her “Lantis 2015” – literal translation: "Hillbilly 2015" .

“I feel honored and flattered,” Sofia, who as well as being a princess also holds the title Duchess of Värmland, is quoted as telling the site. “Lantis of the year is a fine distinction.”

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Sofia, 31, was moved to tears last October when, accompanied by her husband Prince Carl Philip, she made a heartfelt homecoming to the remote rural area of southwest Sweden where she grew up in the small town of Älvdalen.

“The years I spent here made me who I am today,” she said of the 1,800-strong community. “Dalarna will always have a very important place in my heart – especially Älvdalen.”

She and Prince Carl Philip are expecting their first child in April.