Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia share an adorable snap of their growing family

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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia enjoying the Swedish summer with their three sons Princes Julian, Alexander and Gabriel. (PHOTO: INSTAGRAM / @PRINSPARET)
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia enjoying the Swedish summer with their three sons Princes Julian, Alexander and Gabriel. (PHOTO: INSTAGRAM / @PRINSPARET)

As royal family pics go, this gorgeous bunch could give Kate, William and the Cambridge kids a run for their money. Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip (42) and Princess Sofia (36) have released an adorable snap of their family of five, the first since youngest member Julian arrived on the scene in March.

Basking in the summer sun, Carl Philip and Sofia were all smiles as they posed with their cute-as-a-button sons, Prince Alexander (5), Prince Gabriel (3) and tiny Prince Julian, who looked faintly bemused at all the goings-on. 

"A summer greeting from our family," they captioned the shot. 

"Life gave me not only one but four beautiful princes,’ Princess Sofia shared on the couple’s Instagram. “A sincere thank you from us for all the warm congratulations in connection with Julian's birth.” 

Little Julian, currently seventh-in-line to the Swedish throne, is to be baptised at Drottningholm Palace's church on 14 August. 

He is first grandchild of the king, Carl Philip’s father Carl XVI Gustaf, to be born without the title of His Royal Highness. 

King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia pictured in 2018, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The couple married on 19 June 1976. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES)
King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia pictured in 2018, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The couple married on 19 June 1976. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES)

In 2019 the Swedish royal court announced that, except for the two children of heir-apparent Crown Princess Victoria (43), the king’s other grandchildren would lose their HRH titles to lessen the pressure on royals when they become adults.

This means no royal duties and no access to taxpayer funds. 

"We see this as positive as Alexander and Gabriel will have freer choices in life,” Carl and Sofia said in 2019. 

The Swedish Royal family at the Royal Palace for C
The Swedish Royal family at the Royal Palace for Crown Princess Victoria's 40th birthday, in Stockholm, on July 14, 2017. (L-R) Princess Madeleine, Christopher O'Neill, Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar, Crown Princess Victoria, King Carl Gustaf, Princess Sofia, Prince Alexander and Prince Carl Philip. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES)

Ascending the throne after his grandfather’s death when he was just 27 years old, Carl XVI Gustaf has been king for 48 years, making him the longest-reigning monarch in Swedish history. 

Carl Philip, only son of the king and Queen Silvia, is currently fourth-in-line to the throne after his older sister, Crown Princess Victoria and her children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. 

Sweden’s monarchy switched up their rule of succession in 1980 so that the first-born child of the monarch is heir to the throne, regardless of their gender. 

SOURCES: HELLOMAGAZINE.COM, HARPERSBAZAAR.COM, TOWNANDCOUNTRYMAG.COM, PEOPLE.COM, KINGAHUSET.SE

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