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Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland was born at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden on May 13, 1979. He is the only son and the second of the three children of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his wife Queen Silvia (née Silvia Sommerlath). Carl Philip has an older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, and a younger sister, Princess Madeleine.
Carl Philip and his family, Christmas 1982; Photo Credit – http://sverigesradio.se
In 1979, the Riksdag, the Swedish legislature, introduced an Act of Succession that changed the succession to absolute primogeniture, meaning that the eldest child of the monarch, regardless of gender, is first in the line of succession. This Act of Succession became law on January 1, 1980, making Sweden the first country to adopt absolute primogeniture. The previous 1810 Act of Succession allowed for only males to inherit the throne. Carl Philip had been born Crown Prince and retained his title and first place in the succession for seven months until January 1, 1980, when his elder sister Victoria became Crown Princess and heir apparent.
Prince Carl Philip was christened at the Palace Church at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on August 31, 1979. He was given the names Carl Philip Edmund Bertil and his godparents were:
Prince Carl Philip’s christening; Photo Credit – sunnygirl2.blogspot.com
Prince Carl Philip attended Västerled Parish Preschool in Stockholm, Sweden from 1984-86. He then attended Smedslättsskolan (link translated from Swedish), a municipal elementary school in the district Smedslätten in Bromma, Stockholm, where he completed his junior level . Next, Carl Philip attended Ålstenskolan (link translated from Swedish), a municipal elementary school in the district Ålsten in Bromma, Stockholm, completed her intermediate level.
The prince then attended Enskilda Gymnasiet , a prestigious independent secondary school in Tegnérlunden, in central Stockholm. In 1994, Carl Philip moved to the United States for two years to attend Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, USA. Upon returning to Sweden, he followed a science program at Lundbergs Upper Secondary School in Värmland, Sweden, graduating in 1999.
Prince Carl Philip completed a two year course in Graphic Design at Forsbergs School of Graphic Design in Stockholm in May 2006. He continued his studies with an internship at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C., USA, during the autumn of 2006. Carl Philip then studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, USA where he participated in a competition to create the best logo for Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Massachusetts. He won the competition in the spring of 2008 with a proposal that he submitted under a pseudonym.
Prince Carl Philip’s award winning logo; Photo Credit – http://www.resume.se
In 2009, Carl Philip began his studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp, Sweden and graduated in 2012 with a diploma in Agricultural and Rural Management.
Prince Carl Philip completed his military service in the Swedish Navy with the Amphibious Battalion of Vaxholm’s Coast Artillery Regiment and is trained as a combat boat commander. In 2001-2002, he completed a naval officer training course and was promoted to midshipman and then was promoted to the rank of sub-lieutenant in 2004. In 2007 and 2008 he went to the Swedish National Defense College and was promoted the rank of captain in the Swedish Navy.
Carl Philip in naval uniform; Photo Credit – Swedish Royal Court
In April 2010, Prince Carl Philip was linked in the press with model Sofia Hellqvist, and in August 2010, the Swedish Royal Court confirmed the relationship. On June 27, 2014, the couple’s engagement was announced and the wedding will take place in the summer of 2015.
Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist; Photo Credit – www.swedishconsulate.org
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