The bride-to-be has been learning the ropes of her new job (as princess!) as she prepares to wed Prince Carl Philip of Sweden on Saturday
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While most brides experience a slight flutter of nerves before their big day, Sofia Hellqvist s vows come with an additional role – that of princess.

“No matter how much you read up on it, it’s hard to compare with real life experience,” says Hellqvist in a new interview appearing in Hello!.

On Thursday, the bride-to-be was spotted alongside other members of the photogenic Swedish royal family at a wedding rehearsal at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, reports Swedish newspaper Expressen.

When asked if she attended “Princess School,” the former reality TV star replies, “I don’t know what you mean by princess school, but if it is knowledge and experience about my future as the wife of a prince, then I definitely have.”

All her training will soon come into play as she prepares to wed her fiancé race car-driving Prince Carl Philip of Sweden at the Royal Palace on Saturday in a ceremony attended by hundreds and watched by millions. Once married, the 30-year-old’s full title will be HRH Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland.

In the interview, the couple talk about wedding planning and how important it was to put a personal stamp on things like music and flowers amongst the pomp and ceremony that come with a royal wedding. “I think it makes us feel safe – that once we’re there, no one else has done it. It’s ours,” reveals Hellqvist.

The couple couldn’t help but gush about their feelings, with the 36-year-old prince, third in line to the Swedish throne, praising his wife-to-be for her strength and down-to-earth nature.

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“You have your feet on the ground, your outlook on life is wonderful and you go your own way, which I think is great,” he said.

As for the future and whether it involves the pitter-patter of tiny royal feet, Hellqvist remains coy: “You never know!” she says.

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