Sunday 17 December 2017

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden welcome second child

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)
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)
Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden are seen after the christening of Prince Oscar of Sweden at Royal Palace of Stockholm on May 27, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/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
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 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 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 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
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander. Picture: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden
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 of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist arrive to board the SS Stockholm boat before the pre-wedding dinner the night before their royal wedding on June 12, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Princess Sofia of Sweden; Prince Carl Philip of Sweden attend a concert to celebrate the 38th birthday of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden at Borgholmon July 14, 2015 in Oland, Sweden. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
Prince Alexander of Sweden, pictured with parents Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. Picture: Kate Gabor/The Royal Court, 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
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have announced the birth of their second child.

The 37-year-old prince held a press conference on Thursday to mark the birth of their son at Danderyds hospital in North Stockholm and The Royal Palace released a statement with more details on the baby news.

The Office of The Marshal of the Realm is delighted to announce that HRH Princess Sofia gave birth to a healthy child Thursday the 31st August 2017 at 11:24 a.m. At Danderyd Hospital. Both mother and child are in good health," the statement reads.

The baby's name is still being kept under wraps, but new father Carl Philip gushed: "We are really happy. It’s a very cute boy."

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 prince 32-year-old Sofia (née Hellqvist) already have two-year-old son Prince Carl Alexander, whom they welcomed last May.

The couple, who have been together for eight years, announced the pregnancy on social media in March, just 11 months after welcoming their first child.

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 (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

"We are pleased to announce that we are expecting a child, a sibling of Prince Alexander. We look forward to welcoming a new member of our family," they said.

Sofia, a former model and reality tv star, described motherhood as "amazing".

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

"He is very sweet and well-behaved. He’s a mixture of us both," she told Swedish publication Svenskdam last summer.

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

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