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Sweden's sweethearts: Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia expecting their first child

Published 15/10/2015 | 21:30

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are expecting their first child in April next year, the Swedish royal court announced.

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The couple got married in June.

Carl Philip, 36, is third in line to the throne after his older sister Crown Princess Victoria and her daughter Princess Estelle.

Sweden's royal family has ceremonial duties but no political power.

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child

Prince Carl Philip and the former reality starlet and model Sofia Hellqvist (30) tied the knot at the Royal Palace chapel before five European queens, a Japanese princess and dozens of other blue-blooded guests.

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Some 400 guests attended the wedding ceremony, where the smiling groom and visibly emotional bride heard Swedish singer Salem Al Fakir perform a version of Coldplay’s hit Fix You, followed by a Swedish language version of Rihanna’s Umbrella by singer David Pagmar.

Sofia was wearing a dress by Swedish designer Ida Sjostedt, made from silk crepe, covered with Italian silk organza and lace details. Gospel tunes accompanied the couple as they walked down the aisle of the chapel to the waiting, cheering crowds outside.

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child

The newlyweds then travelled in a ceremonial procession through the streets of Stockholm by horse and carriage.

The couple greeted the thousands of people gathered outside the Royal Palace and a 21-gun salute was fired at five second intervals in their honor.

Hellqvist, who has also worked as a yoga instructor, gets the title Duchess of Varmland.

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia are expecting their first child

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