Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist’s first year married
Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia celebrated their first year of marriage on Monday (13.06.16).
The 36-year-old prince married the former reality star, 31, in Stockholm last June, and after a lavish honeymoon in Fiji, the brunette beauty fell pregnant with the couple’s first child Prince Alexander.
Since becoming husband and wife, the pair have taken their first royal tour together to visit a nature reserve in Arvika and also to the town of Älvaden, where Sofia grew up.
Sofia struggled to hold back tears of happiness during the visit and said: “I’m glad that so many have come, I really appreciate that. I was not sure if any would come.
“I must admit that I was pretty nervous to come here in a complete new role, but your warm reception made it much easier.”
Meanwhile, during his wedding speech a year ago yesterday, the prince recalled to guests how he had driven to see Sofia’s father, who works in a job centre, to ask permission to propose and thanked her family for their support.
He also hailed the former model as his “role model” and praised the citizens of Sweden for accepting their union.
He said: “We never chose the tough way – it chose us.
“You fill my life with love and happiness. Today we prove that love conquers all.
“Sofia – you’ve enriched our family. Your family has received me with equally open arms. I’ve got another family.”
Sofia – who is now known as Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland – gave birth to Prince Alexander in April and afterwards posed for pictures with her husband, who told photographers: “For me and my wife, this is obviously a great day with a lot of emotion.”