Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland, born Sofia Kristina Hellqvist, was born on December 6, 1984. She was a glamor model and reality television competitor before marrying Prince Carl Philip and becoming a princess of Sweden in 2015. Their three sons, Prince Alexander, Prince Gabriel, and Prince Julian, are fifth, sixth, and seventh in line to the Swedish throne, respectively. Let us learn more about her on her special day.
Sofia Kristina Hellqvist, was born in Danderyd Hospital on December 6, 1984, to Swedish mother Marie Britt Rotman and Danish–Swedish father Erik Oscar Hellqvist. On May 26, 1985, she was baptized in Tibble Church. When she was six years old, she moved to Alvdalen. She attended Alvdalen Montessori School and Alvdalen School. Hellqvist studied the arts at Vansbro Education Centre. At the age of 20, Hellqvist was photographed wearing only a bikini bottom and a live boa constrictor around her upper body for the men’s magazine “Slitz,” and was later chosen “Miss Slitz 2004” by readers. “Expressen” released the images when her relationship with Prince Carl Philip was disclosed in 2010. Hellqvist was cast in TV4’s “Paradise Hotel” reality show after winning “Miss Slitz,” where she made it to the final. She had a well-publicized feud with Olinda Castielle on the show, and she eventually voted Castielle off.
She traveled to New York in 2005 to study accounting with a focus on business development. She has also studied global ethics, child and youth science, children’s communication, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, both in theory and in Swedish practice, at Stockholm University. She has also worked in New York as a certified yoga instructor. She moved back to Stockholm to study and work part-time as a waiter and glamor model. According to many tabloids, Hellqvist kissed American adult film star Jenna Jameson while filming a Swedish version of the reality show “Paradise Hotel” in Las Vegas. In July 2010, the Swedish Royal Court approved Hellqvist’s relationship with Prince Carl Philip. According to the palace, the pair moved in together in Djurgrden, Stockholm, in April 2011. The pair announced their engagement on June 27, 2014. Hellqvist accompanied her future husband to the Nobel Banquet in December. In May 2015, it was announced that she would be given the title of princess. The couple married at Slottskyrkan in Stockholm on June 13, 2015.
On April 19, 2016, she gave birth to their first child, Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland. On August 31, 2017, their second child, Prince Gabriel Carl Walter, Duke of Dalarna, was born. Finally, their third child, Prince Julian Herbert Folke, Duke of Halland, was born on March 26, 2021. On October 7, 2019, her father-in-law, the king, revoked Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel’s royal status to better associate Swedish royalty with the office of the head of state. However, they will remain in the line of succession to the throne. Hellqvist and Carl Philip both stated that their sons will now have more choices in their future lives.
She is baptized in Tibble Church on May 26, 1985.
At the age of 20, Hellqvist poses for a risque photograph for the men's magazine "Slitz," and is later chosen to be Miss Slitz 2004 by readers.
The Swedish Royal Court acknowledges Hellqvist's relationship with Prince Carl Philip in July.
Hellqvist is one of the co-founders of 'Project Playground,' a non-profit organization that helps poor children in South Africa.
On June 13, 2015, she marries Prince Carl Philip at Slottskyrkan in Stockholm and officially becomes Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland.
Why We Love Princess Sofia
She is charitable
Hellqvist was one of the co-founders of 'Project Playground,' a non-profit organization that helps poor children in South Africa, in 2010. She is appointed as the honorary chair of the foundation.
She seems fun
After their engagement, Hellqvist spent the summer of 2014 on a yacht holiday with Prince Carl Philip and friends. She also decided not to get rid of or hide her tattoos despite being a royal family member.
She is super stylish
Hellqvist’s ensembles adhere to a certain regal standard (they're usually modest and always elegant), but she's not hesitant to mix in current trends, vivid hues, and statement-making accessories. You can pick up a few pointers from her style to get some good fashion inspiration.
5 Surprising Facts
She was a yoga instructor
Hellqvist went to N.Y.C. after appearing on "Paradise Hotel," and then became a yoga instructor.
She has tattoos
Unlike other royals, Hellqvist has tattoos on her ribcage and upper back, including a butterfly and a sun symbol.
Her in-laws were uncertain about her
Hellqvist's provocative past sparked speculation that Prince Carl Philip's choice was controversial with the Swedish royal family; however, she claims she felt accepted from day one.
She posed topless
In 2004, Hellqvist appeared topless with a boa constrictor covering her chest for “Slitz” magazine.
She worked as a waitress
For two years, Hellqvist was a waitress at the Italian restaurant Serafina in New York City.
Princess Sofia FAQs
Where did Princess Sofia live after her engagement?
She and Prince Carl Philip were living together before their engagement. The couple shifted to a private estate in Sweden in 2011.
Where did Princess Sofia meet her husband?
The royal couple says they met during a lunch with friends in 2009.
Was Princess Sofia ever a bartender?
No, she has never worked as a bartender.
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