Tuesday 19 June 2018

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden share precious new pictures with baby Gabriel

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden with sons Prince Gabriel and Prince Alexander. Picture: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden with sons Prince Gabriel and Prince Alexander. Picture: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden with baby Gabriel. Picture: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden
Princess Sofia of Sweden arrives to the Granslosa Moten's Sustainability and future seminar, 'A Sustainable Tomorrow' on August 2, 2017 in Bastad, Sweden. (Photo by Ole Jensen/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (L) meets the media at the Danderyds hospital in North Stockholm where Princess Sofia (unseen) gave birth to a son on August 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TT News Agency / Fredrik SANDBERG / Sweden OUTFREDRIK SANDBERG/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Alexander of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Princess Sofia, Duchess of Vaermland and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden arrive at the Royal Palace to attend Te Deum Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the 70th birthday of King Carl Gustaf of Sweden on April 30, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia leave the christening of Prince Oscar at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm on May 27, 2016. / AFP / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip and princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a gala dinner at the Operahouse in Oslo on May 10, 2017 in celebration of the 80th birthdays of King Harald of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. / AFP PHOTO / NTB scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / Nesvold, Jon Olav / Norway OUTNESVOLD, JON OLAV/AFP/Getty Images
Princess Sofia of Sweden attends the Nobel Prize Banquet 2015 at City Hall on December 10, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Phillip, Princess Sofia, and Prince Alexander of Sweden participate in a ceremony celebrating Sweden's national day at the Royal Palace on June 6, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip (L) and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander are pictured at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm during the christening of the five month-old Prince
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (L) and his fiancee Sofia Hellqvist leave the opening ceremony of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his wife Princess Sofia of Sweden salute the crowd after their marriage ceremony on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

They're two of the world's most stylish royals, so it's only fitting that the Swedish royal family's newest portrait would be just as glamorous.

Prince Carl Philip (37) and Princess Sofia (33) have shared sweet new pictures with their new arrival Prince Gabriel, who they welcomed last month, and their two-year-old son Prince Alexander.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden with baby Gabriel. Picture: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden with baby Gabriel. Picture: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden

The family portrait was taken last week at the East Gate of the Royal Palace in Stockholm by photographer Erika Gerdemark, who traditionally works with the family, including Alexander's portraits and the couple's engagement announcement. The couple, who wed in 2015, released a statement thanking well-wishers around the world for their support as they continue to expand their family.

"A big and warm thanks for all the kind congratulations in connection with the birth of our son, Prince Gabriel. We appreciate your kindness very much," they said. While this is the first time all four have been pictured together, Gabriel was introduced to the world on social media after his birth in September.

In keeping with royal tradition, the royals used the opportunity to showcase some of Sweden's finest fashion, with Sofia wearing a Veronica Virta jacket, Carl opting for Oscar Jacobson, Gabriel in Lillelam and Alexander in Gant, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen.

Sofia (née Hellqvist), a former model and reality tv star, described motherhood as "amazing". "He is very sweet and well-behaved. He’s a mixture of us both," she told Swedish publication Svenskdam last summer.

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Alexander of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Alexander of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

"The first time does take some adjustment. But it’s still absolutely amazing and wonderful. It changes your whole life."

When the couple first got together, eyebrows were raised due to the fact that Sofia had previously starred on a reality show and posed in men's magazines before meeting the royal while working as a waitress in New York in 2009. In the run up to their 2015 wedding, they both gushed about their love for one another.

Prince Carl Philip and princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a gala dinner at the Operahouse in Oslo on May 10, 2017 in celebration of the 80th birthdays of King Harald of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. / AFP PHOTO / NTB scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / Nesvold, Jon Olav / Norway OUTNESVOLD, JON OLAV/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Carl Philip and princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a gala dinner at the Operahouse in Oslo on May 10, 2017 in celebration of the 80th birthdays of King Harald of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. / AFP PHOTO / NTB scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / Nesvold, Jon Olav / Norway OUTNESVOLD, JON OLAV/AFP/Getty Images

"Carl Philip is my best friend. [He is] the person I talk to the most. He’s so smart and I feel so secure with him," she said.

"I feel extremely confident, stable and balanced when Sofia is by my side. And I’ve felt that way from the beginning," her now-husband echoed.

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)

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