Sweden’s Prince Carl-Philip & Princess Sofia welcomed their third son, Julian

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Prince Carl-Philip of Sweden was born in 1979, did you realize that? I just assumed he was Prince William’s age or younger this whole time, but no. Carl-Philip is 41, and he’ll be 42 in May (William will be 39 in June). Carl-Philip’s wife, Princess Sofia, is 36. Same age as Prince Harry. Anyway, the Swedish royals are pretty fertile and happy to make lots of Swedish babies. Carl-Philip’s sister Madeleine had three kids in four years. Carl-Philip and Sofia had two boys very quickly – Prince Alexander, born in 2016, and Prince Gabriel, born in 2017.

Carl-Philip and Sofia spent a few years being parents to two boys and perhaps they decided to try for the girl, or maybe they just wanted three kids like Madeleine. Sofia got pregnant during the pandemic – while she was volunteering at a hospital too! – and during her pregnancy, they both tested positive for the coronavirus, but they reportedly never got majorly ill with the virus. And now they’ve welcomed a healthy baby boy. Three boys in five years! Crazy.

Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden are officially parents of three boys! The son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife welcomed their third child, a baby boy, on Friday at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm. That makes their sons, 4-year-old Prince Alexander and 3-year-old Prince Gabriel, big brothers!

“We are so happy and grateful to be able to welcome our third son to our family. Princess Sofia and I, and his two big brothers, have all been longing for this day. And now we are looking forward to getting to know this new little member of our family,” said Prince Carl Philip in a statement. A name for the baby boy has not yet been announced.

The new baby is seventh in line to the Swedish throne and the eighth grandchild for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. King Carl XVI Gustaf, announced in October 2019 that he decided to strip the HRH titles from children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia as well as his daughter Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s third child is the family’s first new addition since the rule went into effect. The baby won’t have a HRH title like brothers Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel did when they were born. The baby will have the title of Prince, but the title is personal and any future spouses or children will not have a right to titles.

[From People]

My understanding is that Carl-Philip and Sofia’s boys will all have prince titles and likely ducal titles at some point, but they won’t have an “HRH” title and they won’t be treated like heirs to the throne in any way. Only Princess Victoria’s two kids are HRHs and treated like heirs (which they are). It also seems to me like this probably would have been a better solution for the House of Windsor, you know? Some kind of arrangement like this, where Harry and Meghan’s children were still given titles and treated like they were, you know, part of the royal family, while still delineating that they were not in the immediate line of succession.

I can’t wait to hear the name too – I like the names Alexander and Gabriel, and I would imagine the third boy’s name will be along the same lines. I wonder if Carl-Philip and Sofia are done with three or if they’ll try again, maybe for a girl. Update: they announced the name this morning. The third boy is named Prince Julian Herbert Folke. Okay… I’m not crazy about that name, but whatever. Clearly, they were running out of boy names!

Here are some photos of C-P and Sofia leaving the hospital with their new baby! I love how relaxed she looks. A baby reveal (not really) where the royal woman is just wearing normal clothes and a mask. It’s pretty great.

Princess Sofia of Sweden, 36, welcomes her THIRD son with husband Prince Carl Philip

Princess Sofia of Sweden, 36, welcomes her THIRD son with husband Prince Carl Philip

Photos courtesy of Instagram, Avalon Red and Backgrid.

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  1. Chill says:

    Please note. The princess is wearing sneakers!!! About time.

  2. Over it says:

    Congratulations to both of them. They look so in love. I love it, no way he is older than baldimort. Baldimort looks like his uncle

  3. Lauren says:

    They are a crazy beautiful couple. Many congrats to them!

    • C-Shell says:

      They truly are a gorgeous family. I love posts about them … and King Felipe/Queen Letizia/and their pretty girls … those are the European monarchies that capture my childish imagination.

    • sunny says:

      Lovely news! They are a beautiful family

  4. Chica says:

    Amazing she is walking out.

    • Nikki* says:

      What do you mean?

      • BeanieBean says:

        I don’t know what Chica means, but I had a similar thought, because here in the US, no matter the reason you went into the hospital, they stick you in a wheelchair when you leave. It’s a liability thing (we’re lawsuit happy).

    • Escondista says:

      I speak from a vaginal birth experience, but I was encouraged to get up and walk very rapidly after giving birth.

      • ArizonaRose says:

        Speaking as a C-section mama, they *made* me get up and walk within 8 hours. I was like, damn, where is my fainting couch and 3 days of bed rest and pampering?

    • Katherine says:

      I had both my girls in US hospitals and walked out each time? I think probably a hospital by hospital thing. You can also definitely decline a wheelchair what are they going to do? Make you stay there?

  5. Rae says:

    Gosh, I love that family.

  6. Seraphina says:

    Congratulations to the happy couple. Wonderful news.

  7. Stacy Dresden says:

    Awesome news. Their public service during the pandemic speaks volumes about their priorities and values. Some other royals should take note. Maybe the ones who think Zooms and train tours are impactful when the death rate is skyrocketing.

  8. Ohlala says:

    He is so hot. I would 🤣

    Gorgeous couple

  9. FHMom says:

    They are an awesome couple. They seem so genuine. Congrats to them. I like the name, also.

  10. TheOriginalMia says:

    Congratulations to them. I think Julian is the name of a beloved uncle. Herbert & Folke may be from the Queen’s German roots.

    Not sure why King Carl Gustaf decided to change things up, but this was the best option for everyone, especially Carl Phillip & Madeleine’s families. None of those kids will get a whiff of the throne, so why not start them now on normal lives outside the monarchy?

    • Claudia says:

      Folke is not a German name, the German press says it’s King Carl Gustaf’s third name. Herbert is German indeed, maybe named after a relative?

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      Thanks everyone for the info on the names.

    • Emmelemmeleeen says:

      It’s the same in Norway, not even the second child of the Crown Prince has a HRH title – only the heir apparent, Ingrid Alexandra has one. The Crown Prince’s sister, Märtha, also gave up her HRH title ages ago – because she wanted to work. She is also not allowed to use her princess title when promoting her (very) alternative business. I’m quite surprised the British royal family hasn’t looked more to the the Scandinavian ones, to be honest.

  11. Neners says:

    They are so pretty! I’ll never get over it!

  12. harla says:

    Congratulations to this lovely family!!

  13. Courtney B says:

    Folke is a Swedish royal name. Folke Bernadotte helped Jews in ww2 but he was assassinated in Israel. There’s a bust of him in the UN building.

  14. Olenna says:

    Congratulations! Julian is one of my favorite male names.

  15. L4frimaire says:

    Congrats to the couple. 3 kids in five years takes a lot of stamina. One of my favorite relatives is named Julian but it’s not a name I’d think is very Swedish, which shows how little I actually know about Swedish names.

  16. Chartreuse says:

    Congratulations! They are a crazy beautiful family. And that woman does not look like she just gave birth!
    on the age thing, I would say 39/42 him and baldi are virtually same age? At least contemporaries.

  17. rawiya says:

    Congrats to them. Still dislike her for making fun of her disabled teacher, but can’t help be happy about a healthy baby. (Plus, she and CP make cute kids.) (Though, I do wish it had been Vic and Dan to have a third.)