Royal runaway: Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's dog rescued by locals

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Thanks to a little help from locals, Siri was returned to her owners, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden. (PHOTO: Instagram/Prinsparet)
Thanks to a little help from locals, Siri was returned to her owners, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden. (PHOTO: Instagram/Prinsparet)

You'd think living in a palace and having a royal family to dote on you would be enough to make you stay put and not wander off. But it seems this little pooch doesn't know what's good for her. 

Siri, the pet of Sweden's Prince Carl Philip, his wife, Princess Sofia, and their young sons, Prince Alexander (5), Prince Gabriel (4) and Prince Julian (8 months), enjoys going walkabout. Problem is, she sometimes can't find her way back and has to rely on the kindness of strangers to reunite her with her people.

Angelina Berge (20) was driving with a friend close to the Djurgården royal park in Stockholm when she spotted the little terrier walking alone. “We saw that it was a lone dog walking on some kind of trail,” Angelina says. 

As first she and her friend thought the animal belonged to a family who was in the park but when the dog started following them they realised she was on her own.

“The dog was very calm and you could see that she had walked there before and recognised the road. We understood that she had probably run off. We patted her and tried to make her feel safe,” Angelina says. 

The two noticed a disc hanging from a collar around the dog’s neck and called the number on it but no one answered. They also tried to contact the Stockholm Police Animal Unit, but failed to get through.

Angelina's friend then joked that the dog could belong to Prince Carl Philip as he lived near the park, which prompted Angelina to take to Google to see if the the 42-year-old Swedish monarch had a dog. 

Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sophia and their three kids, Prince Alexander (5) Prince Gabriel (4) and Prince Julian (8 months), live at Villa Solbacken, not far from where Siri was spotted.
Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sophia and their three kids, Prince Alexander (5) Prince Gabriel (4) and Prince Julian (8 months), live at Villa Solbacken, not far from where Siri was spotted. (PHOTO: Instagram/Prinsparet)

“I saw a picture of the dog on Google and that her name was Siri. We started talking to the dog and calling her,  ‘Siri, Siri!’. She was super happy.”

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The friends carried her to the front door of Villa Solbacken where the royal family lives. “We rang the buzzer at the prince and princess’ house. Prince Carl Philip came down with his son and fetched the dog,” Angelina says. 

This isn't the first time Siri has gone wandering off. In 2018 the little pooch made a run for it and was found by police hours later.  “Siri was drowsy and tired after her unknown despair during the day. The colleague from Turlag 7 had to carry Siri out to the police bus, where she quickly fell asleep in her safe arms,” the Stockholm Police said on Instagram. 

Siri has been part of the royal family since 2014 when Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia adopted her. The couple are very fond of the privileged pup. She's often spotted being posted on their Instagram page and on walks with the royal family. She's even been included in some family portraits. 

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Angelina says she can see the royal family loves little Siri and Prince Carl Philip was very grateful for her safe return.

“He was so very nice and kind and thanked us again and again.”

SOURCES: HELLOMAGAZINE.COM, ROYALCENTRAL.CO.UK, PEOPLE.COM, DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, INSTAGRAM/PRINCEPARET

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