Biography

HRH Princess Sofia. Photo: Mattias Edwall/Royal Court

HRH Princess Sofia. Photo: Mattias Edwall/Royal Court

Sofia Kristina Hellqvist was born on 6 December 1984 at Danderyd Hospital. Her family moved from Täby to Älvdalen in 1991. Her parents are Erik and Marie Hellqvist. 

Sofia was christened at Tibble Church on 26 May 1985. She has an older sister, Lina, and a younger sister, Sara. Sofia lives on Djurgården in Stockholm with Prince Carl Philip.

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

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

Education and work

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

Sofia Hellqvist. Photo: private.

Sofia Hellqvist. Photo: private.

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, she has visited and worked as a volunteer and aid worker in South Africa, Senegal and Ghana.

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

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

In 2005, Sofia began studying accounting, specialising in business development, at the New York Institute of English and Business. Sofia 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.

Sofia 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, 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. 

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

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

Interests

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

Engagement, marriage and motherhood

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

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

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

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

The christening took place in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace on 9 September 2016.
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