Swedish Royal Family issue update on pregnant princess in wake of coronavirus diagnosis

Princess Sofia walks up the aisle for her wedding in 2015

The Swedish Royal Court have confirmed that Princess Sofia’s pregnancy is “going well” despite she and her husband, Prince Carl Philip, both contracting coronavirus in November last year. Sweden’s Royal Family was forced into isolation after the couple tested positive for the virus. Weeks later in December it was then announced the Princess was expecting her and Carl Philip’s third baby.

There is no evidence that pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from coronavirus, according to the NHS.

However they are often included in the list of people at moderate risk as they can sometimes be more at risk from viruses like flu.

Sweden’s Public Health Agency recommends pregnant women take “extra precautions” from week 36 to protect themselves from COVID-19.

They warn that a respiratory infection towards the end of the pregnancy can be difficult.

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Recently in a statement to Swedish Magazine ‘Svensk Damtiding’, the Swedish Royal Court wrote: “Princess Sofia is still fine and everything is going well.”

Both Sofia and Carl Philip, who is fourth in line to the throne, quarantined in their family home following their COVID diagnosis.

The couple were said to be experiencing mild symptoms and feeling well under the circumstances.

Sweden’s King and Queen, and other senior royals, were tested in the wake of this as well.

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However this did not stop Sofia and Carl Philip from announcing their baby news weeks later.

A social media post read: “We are happy and look forward to welcoming our third child, a sibling to Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel. A new little member of our family.

“Princess Sofia is well and the birth is expected at the turn of the month March-April 2021.”

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The couple already have two sons: Prince Alexander, who was born in 2016, and Prince Gabriel, who was born in 2017.

The new prince or princess will be seventh in the Swedish line of succession.

However they will not be able to carry the title of ‘Royal Highness’.

In 2019, King Carl XVI Gustaf made the decision to limit who in the Swedish Royal Family would belong to the royal house.

This meant that the ‘Royal Highness’ title was taken away from both Alexander and Gabriel.

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