HRH Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Erika Gerdemark/Royal Court

HRH Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Erika Gerdemark/Royal Court

Carl Philip, Prince of Sweden, Duke of Värmland, was born on 13 May 1979 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. He was baptised in the Royal Chapel on 31 August 1979 and was given the names Carl Philip Edmund Bertil.

H.R.H. Prince Bertil, H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, H.R.H. Princess Birgitta and H.R.H. Prince Leopold of Bayern were appointed godparents at the christening.
Prince Carl Philip is the second child of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia.
In accordance with the 1979 Act of Succession, which entered into force on 1 January 1980, Prince Carl Philip is fourth in line of succession, after Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Estelle, and Prince Oscar.

Prince Carl Philip achieved the rank of Major.Education

Prince Carl Philip attended pre-school in Västerled's parish in 1984. In 1986 he started school at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma, where he completed his junior level education.
He completed the intermediate level at Ålstensskolan, also in Bromma, and proceeded from there to senior level education at Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm.

Studies in the USA

In autumn 1994, Prince Carl Philip moved to the USA to study at Kent School, a private school in Connecticut, where he spent two years. The Prince then followed a science programme at Lundbergs Upper Secondary School in Värmland, graduating from this course in 1999.

Prince Carl Philip was confirmed in the summer of 1994 at Vadstena Church, after confirmation studies in Medevi.

Naval Reserve Officer

Prince Carl Philip completed his military service with the Amphibious Battalion of Vaxholm's Coast Artillery Regiment and is trained as a combat boat commander (combat boat 90). In 2001-2002 the Prince completed a Naval Officer training course.

During this time he participated in a long voyage with the mine-laying vessel HMS Carlskrona. Prince Carl Philip became a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Swedish Navy in December 2002. The Prince achieved the rank of Lieutenant in December 2007 in Stockholm. On October 1, 2014, Prince Carl Philip achieved the rank of Major.

In October 2014, Prince Carl Philip was appointed to the position of Major during a ceremony at the Amphibious Regiment in Berga, south of Stockholm. Here, he is seen together with Colonel Peder Ohlsson, Head of the Amphibious Regiment, during the ceremony. Photo: Kristina Swaan

Graphic designer

In May 2006, Prince Carl Philip completed a two-year full-time course in Graphic Design at Forsbergs School of Graphic Design in Stockholm.

Forsbergs organised a four-day final exhibition 18-21 May 2006 at the manège at the Royal Mews.

For his final project, the Prince chose to do a study of the social work of St. Clara's Parish Church in Stockholm.
Prince Carl Philip documented their work over a period of three weeks and photographed people in Stockholm city, who came in for help and who received support from the employees and volunteers of St. Clara's Church.

Internship at National Geographic

Prince Carl Philip continued his photographic studies with an internship at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C., USA, during the autumn of 2006.

He studied graphic design in the United States during spring 2006.

Exhibition during Linnaeus anniversary year

"A Glimpse of Paradise - Prince Carl Philip interprets the Botanical Gardens in Uppsala" is an exhibition featuring the Prince's photographs, which opened at Museum Gustavianum in May 2007. The exhibition was the result of the Prince's collaborative project with photographer Mattias Klum. The Prince participated in some of the journeys that were conducted for the documentary film Expedition Linné. In February 2008, the exhibition was shown at the Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts in Liège, Belgium, and at Waldemarsudde in Stockholm.

Swedish National Defence College

During the autumn of 2007, Prince Carl Philip studied at the Swedish National Defence College. In spring 2008, the Prince read business economics and continued with his military education.

Design award

In spring 2007, Prince Carl Philip studied design at the famous Rhode Island School of Design in the United States. The school announced a competition to create the best graphic look for Martha's Vineyard Museum in Rhode Island. The Prince won the competition in spring 2008 with a proposal that he submitted under a pseudonym.

Forestry and agriculture

Prince Carl Philip studied agriculture and forestry during autumn 2008 and carried out work experience at Stenhammars gods, among other places. From 2009, the Prince studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp. In January 2012 Prince Carl Philip graduated with a diploma in Agricultural and Rural Management from Alnarp.

Engagement, marriage and fatherhood

The engagement between Prince Carl Philip and Miss Sofia Hellqvist was announced Friday June 27, 2014.

The wedding took place on 13 June 2015 in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

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On 19 April 2016 Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia had a son, Prince Alexander. The christening took place in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace on 9 September 2016.

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H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip and H.R.H. Princess Sofia. Photo Erika Gerdemark/Royal Court

H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip and H.R.H. Princess Sofia. Photo Erika Gerdemark/Royal Court

On 31 August 2017 The Prince Couple had their second child, Prince Gabriel. The christening took place in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace on 1 December 2017.

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On 26 March 2021 The Prince Couple had their third child, Prince Julian.