Prince Carl Philip of Sweden celebrates his 39th birthday on Sunday, 13 June 2018, whilst many countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand and the United States commemorate Mother’s Day.

The Swedish Royal Court has released a new photo, taken by court photographer Erik Gerdemarke, to mark the occasion.

Photo: Erika Gerdemark, Kungahuset.se

Anyone wishing to send a birthday greeting or congratulations can do so via the Kungahuset’s Facebook page or by the Swedish Royal Court’s website’s greeting form.

However, Sweden celebrates Mother’s Day (Mors dag) on the last Sunday in May. This year, it falls on 27 May 2018.

Prinspar on Instagram

The Royal Swedish Court also announced Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia launched their official Instagram account @prinsparet today.

Follow their account at www.instagram.com/prinsparet.

Prince Carl Philip’s Life So Far …

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s second child and only son Prince Carl Philip Edmund Bertil, Duke of Värmland, was born on 13 May 1979 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

He was christened on 31 August 1979, with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Princess Birgitta and Prince Leopold of Bayern appointed as his godparents.

At the time of his birth, Prince Carl Philip was the heir apparent to the Swedish throne until 1 January 1980 when a new law came into effect, which made natural birth order the basis of succession, instead of agnatic premature.

His eldest sister Crown Princess Victoria became the heir, with Prince Carl Philip bumped down to second place at the time.

Today he is now fourth in line, following Crown Princess Victoria and her two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar.

Prince Carl was educated in Sweden and the United States, during his school years, including a science programme at Lundsberg upper secondary school.

He has struggled with dyslexia during his life, like his father King Carl Gustaf and his older sister Victoria.

Further studies included graphic design in Stockholm and the Rhode Island School of Design from 2006 and 2007, and Agricultural and Rural Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp. He graduated with a diploma in January 2012.

Prince Carl Philip also completed his military service in the Amphibious Battalion at Vaxholm Coastal Artillery Regiment in 2000, before completing a Naval Officer training course.

He married former model Sofia Hellqvist on 13 June 2015 in the Royal Palace of Stockholm’s Royal Chapel.

HRH Prince Carl Philip and HRH Princess Sofia. Photo: Mattias Edwall/Kungahuset.se

They have two sons, Prince Alexander (born 19 April 2016) and Prince Gabriel (born 31 August 2017).

Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel (right). Photo: Erika Gerdemark, Kungahuset.se

Prince Carl Philip has been a scout and is fond of the outdoors. He is a keen sportsman and athlete, especially with football, swimming sailing and skiing. He also enjoys participating in car racing including the Porshe Carrera Cup Scandinavia and the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship.

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