Biography

HRH Princess Sofia. Photo: Linda Broström/Royal Court

HRH Princess Sofia. Photo: Linda Broström/Royal Court

Sofia, Princess of Sweden, was born on 6 December 1984 at Danderyd Hospital.

Princess Sofia's parents are Erik and Marie Hellqvist and she was christened at Tibble Church on 26 May 1985. The family moved from Täby to Älvdalen in 1991.

Princess Sofia has an older sister, Lina, and a younger sister, Sara.

Princess Sofia was christened on 26 May 1985 at Tibble Church. Photo: private.

Princess Sofia was christened on 26 May 1985 at Tibble Church. Photo: private.

Education and work

Princess Sofia attended Älvdalen Montessori School and Älvdal School. She studied the arts programme at Vansbro Education Centre, specialising in music.

Princess Sofia. Photo: private.

Princess Sofia. Photo: private.

Princess Sofia has had a number of summer jobs, including working at a sports shop, as a waitress and in a plastics factory. Since her teenage years, the Princess has visited and worked as a volunteer and aid worker in South Africa, Senegal and Ghana.

The Princess and her grandfather Stig Hellqvist, January 1988. Photo: private.

The Princess and her grandfather Stig Hellqvist, January 1988. Photo: private.

In 2005, Princess Sofia began studying accounting, specialising in business development, at the New York Institute of English and Business. The Princess is also a certified yoga instructor, which she trained for in New York. She worked as a yoga instructor at Yoga to the People, New York.

The Princess has also studied courses at Stockholm University in global ethics, child and youth studies, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in theory and Swedish practice, and gender and international relations, totalling 22.5 credits.

In 2010, Princess Sofia founded Project Playgroundexternal link, opens in new window together with Frida Vesterberg and remained as Secretary-General until April 2015. Since then, she has played an active role as Project Playground's Honorary Chairman.

On 1 January 2016 Princess Sofia was appointed Honorary Chairman for Sophiahemmetexternal link. The Princess succeeded Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson, who was Honorary Chairman since 1972.

Princess Sofia founded Project Playground in 2010. Photo: Project Playground.

Princess Sofia founded Project Playground in 2010. Photo: Project Playground.

Interests

Yoga, health and fitness are important to the Princess. She is also interested in child and youth issues.

Engagement, marriage and motherhood

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's engagement was announced on 27 June 2014.

HRH Prince Carl Philip and HRH Princess Sofia. Photo: Erika Gerdemark/royalcourt.se

HRH Prince Carl Philip and HRH Princess Sofia. Photo: Erika Gerdemark/royalcourt.se

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

H.R.H. Prins Carl Philip and H.R.H. Prinsessan Sofia. Photo Mattias Edwall/Royal Court

H.R.H. Prins Carl Philip and H.R.H. Prinsessan Sofia. Photo Mattias Edwall/Royal Court

On 19 April 2016 Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia had a son, Prince Alexander. On 31 August 2017 The Prince Couple had their second child, Prince Gabriel.