|Prince Carl Fredrik|
| Prince of Sweden |
Duke of Västerbotten (more)
|Prince Carl Frederik and his son|
|Spouse|| Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten |
| Princess Leona, Duchess of Öland |
Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland
Prince Frederik, Duke of Jämtland
Prince Gabriel, Duke of Smäland
Prince Louis, Duke of Västmanland
|Carl Fredrik Edmund Oscar Bertil|
|House||House of Bernadotte|
|Father||Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden|
|Mother||Silvia of Sweden|
|Born|| 13 May 1979 (age 37) |
Drottningholm Palace, Sweden
|Religion||Church of Sweden|
As of April 2017, Prince Carl Fredrik is fourth-in-line to succeed the Swedish throne after his sister and her two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar.
Early Life Edit
Prince Carl Fredrik was born on 13 May 1979 at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, Sweden. He is the elder twin and second child of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and German-born Queen Silvia of Sweden (née Sommerlath). He is of Swedish, German, Danish and Portuguese Brazilian (through his maternal grandmother) ancestry. One of his distant ancestors was chief Tibiriçá, a famous Amerindian chief from São Paulo. He is a member of the Royal House of Bernadotte. Born as Crown Prince of Sweden, he was succeeded by his elder sister Crown Princess Victoria on 1 January 1980 when the parliamentary change to the act of succession that introduced equal primogeniture. Through his father, a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Carl Fredrik is also in the Line of succession to the British and other Commonwealth thrones, being currently he is 286th in line to succeed the British throne.
Prince Carl Fredrik and his twin brother Prince Carl Philip were christened at the Royal Chapel on 31 August 1979.
His names are:
- Carl - He shares his first name with his father and twin brother
- Fredrik - This was the name of a 18th-century king of Sweden one of his ancestors
- Oscar - His parents liked this name and means "God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior" and is the name of his ancestors.
- Bertil - He shares this name with his brother to honour their great-uncle, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland
His godparents are:
- Margrethe II of Denmark
- Constantine II of Greece
- Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland
- Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson
Prince Carl Fredrik and his twin brother, Prince Carl Philip were both confirmed on 5 July 1994 In Öland.
During 1984-1986, Prince Carl Fredrik and his younger brother both attended Västeried parish preschool. In the autumn of 1986, he and Prince Carl Philip started school at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma which they attended at junior level, for the intermediate level the Princes attended Ålstensskolan in Bromma, preceding from there, in the summer of 1992, to senior level at Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm. In the Summer of 1994, Prince Carl Fredrik enrolled at Kent School. The prince continued his Studies in a Business Management, Politics and Sports Program at Lundsbergs upper secondary school. He graduated in the spring of 1998. He still continued to study Business Mangement and politics, sports physiology and graphics in Sweden.
He speaks his native language Swedish, Danish, German, English and speaks fluent in french.
Royal Duties Edit
A member of the House of Bernadotte, Prince Carl Fredrik undertakes royal duties on behalf of his father, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. He acts as regent or representative when his father or elder sister Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden are absent or out of the country.
The Prince undertakes royal duties on behalf of his father and the people of Sweden. His duties include the celebrations of Sweden's National day, the King and Crown Princess's birthday, the Nobel festivities, dinners and state visits with other member of the royal family. The Prince and sometimes with his wife represents Sweden when he or they visit other counties around the world especially sporting events.
On 15 September every year since his 18th birthday in 1997, Prince Carl Fredrik attends the opening of Swedish Parliament with his wife and the rest of the Swedish Royal Family.
From 18 to 24 January 2017, Prince Carl Fredrik with his wife, Princess Nathalie and their five children, Princess Leona (age 15), Prince Wilhelm (age 11), Prince Frederik (age 9), Prince Gabriel (age 7) and Prince Stefan (age 2) visited the United States of America for the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald John Trump, on 20 January 2017 and they all attended the National Prayer Service on 21 January 2017.
Prince Carl Fredrik has been a scout and is fond of outdoor life. He is keen of Sports and Athletics like Football, Golf, Skiing, Sailing, Running and Swimming. In 2003 he, his father, younger brother and his wife`s cousin had participated in the historic Swedish "Vasaloppet" the longest cross country ski race in the world, Prince Carl Fredrik also enjoys Skiing and snowboarding and racing, which he inherited from his great-uncle Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland which he, his brother and his son's both enjoy.
With a great interest for design and drawing, the prince began studying and sometimes he still enjoys. In December 2003, for Queen Silvia's 60th birthday, he and his brother designed the cover for a CD of the music of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, which was released to honour Her Majesty's Landmark birthday (the proceeds from it goes to the world Childhood Foundation, an organisation that was founded by Queen Silvia, his wife and younger sister are also in the organisation).
Military service Edit
The Prince started his military career in 1996 at the age of 17 by joining the Swedish Royal Navy. On 13 May 1997, On his 18th birthday his father King Carl XVI Gustaf promoted him to Lieutenant. In the summer of 1998, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander. On 13 May 1999, his 20th birthday he was promoted to the rank of Commander.
In the summer of 2000, Prince Carl Fredrik joined the Royal Swedish Army as a Officer Cadet. In January 2001, His father King Carl XVI Gustaf promoted him to the rank of Second Lieutenant, eight months later in September 2001, he was later promoted the the rank of First lieutenant or Lieutenant. In the spring of 2002, Prince Carl Fredrik was promoted to the rank of Captain in the Army, In January 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Major. In 2007-2008, Prince Carl Fredrik served for 78 days in Helmand, Afghanistan as part of the Swedish Army. He returned in 2012, for a 22-week deployment in 2012-2013 at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan as part of the Swedish Air Force. He returned from his 22-week deployment on 21 February 2013.
In the spring of 2006, Prince Carl Fredrik joined the Royal Swedish Air Force and is now achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel .
Personal Life Edit
Prince Carl Fredrik had always refused to talk about his private life he had frequently been the subject of the press regarding romances. Only about two women were confirmed as his girlfriends. Only about two lasted as a long term relationship.
Prince Carl Fredrik's first girlfriend was Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt. They were socialized in the same circles and they were friends before they started dating in 1996. The press found out that Prince Carl Fredrik and Victoria broke up in mid 1997. Victoria told Swedish Expressen that Prince Carl Fredrik wanted to focus on his naval career.
In March 1998, Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that 19-year-old Prince Carl Fredrik had a new girlfriend his third cousin and horse rider, 21-year-old Princess Nathalie, the niece of the Queen of Denmark. When the news broke and the media in Denmark turned its attention on her as it already was because of her title and family. In May 1998, Nathalie moved to Sweden permanently. In August 1998, He and Nathalie were pictured kissing for the first time when they were at Gråsten Palace, Denmark for the summer with Nathalie's family and then they travelled back to Sweden for the Summer photoshoot.
Engagement and marriage Edit
Swedish media have often speculated about the upcoming engagement and marriage of Prince Carl Fredrik and Princess Nathalie. On 10 September 1999, rumors announced that the couple were engaged and that wedding plans were imminent became particularly intense Between the King and the prime minister Göran Persson. Under the terms of the Swedish Act of succession, the government, if requested by the King, must approve a marriage of a Prince or Princess of Sweden. Otherwise, the prince or princess loses his or her right to the throne. Later that day, it was officially confirmed that permission was granted and that Prince Carl Fredrik would marry Princess Nathalie in the summer of 2000. The wedding date was set in the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm on 2 June 2000.
The wedding took place on 2 June 2000. More than 1200 guests including royalty and statesman from various countries were invited to the wedding ceremony which took place at The Royal Chapel, at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. After the wedding, the bride and groom rode in horse and carriage through the streets of Stockholm then rowed in the antique Royal barge over the Stockholm waters Vasaorden to the Royal Palace where the wedding banquet was held. On the evening before the wedding, their was a gala concert dedicated to the couple in the Stockholm Concert Hall (where the Nobel prizes are handed out).
More than half a million Swedes waved with Swedish flags and cheered the couple from their cortege, the Royal chapel to the castle.
Following their wedding The Duke and Duchess of Västerbotten moved into Rosersberg Palace.
On 21 August 2000, The Swedish royal court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant and expecting the couple's first child in April 2001. At 5:25 pm on 27 April 2001, Nathalie gave birth to a baby girl, measuring 50 cm long (19 inches) and 4,280 grams (8 pounds, 5 inches), three days before her grandfather the king's 55th birthday. The newborn at the time of her birth was third-in-line to the Swedish throne.
- Princess Leona, Duchess of Öland (Leona Victoria Ingrid Silvia Benedikte of Sweden)
On 10 July 2004, The Swedish royal court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant again and expecting the couple's second child in September 2005. At 04:26 on 30 March 2005, Nathalie gave birth to a baby boy, measuring 49 cm long (19 inches) and 3,280 grams. The newborn was the King and queen's first grandson and at the time of his birth he was fourth-in-line to the Swedish throne.
- Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland (Wilhelm Frederik Carl Richard Gustaf of Sweden)
On 26 August 2006, The Swedish Royal court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant for the third time and expecting the couple's third child in March 2010. At 12:14 on 15 March 2007, Princess Nathalie gave birth to another son, measuring 47 cm long (18 inches) and 3,380 grams (7 pounds, 3 inches). The newborn at the time of his birth was fifth-in-line to the Swedish throne.
- Prince Frederik, Duke of Jämtland (Frederik Alexander Andreas Christian of Sweden)
On 21 May 2009, The Swedish Royal Court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant and is expecting the couple's fourth child in January 2010. At 16:27 pm on 16 January 2010, Princess Nathalie gave birth to another boy and fourth child, measuring 47 cm long (18 inches) and 3,436 (7 pounds, 4 inches)
- Prince Gabriel, Duke of Smäland (Gabriel Arthur George Frederik of Sweden)
On 12 October 2013, The Swedish Royal Court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant and is expecting the couple's fifth child. At 22:38 pm, on 18 May 2014, Princess Nathalie gave birth to another boy and fifth child,
- Prince Stefan, Duke of Västmanland (Stefan Erik Alexander Gustaf of Sweden)
In 2000, A few months into his marriage, Prince Carl Fredrik invested as a equal secret partner in Balance and Master Training at Central Stockholm, Sweden. He is also joint CEO and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Balance company. This was owned by Prince Carl Fredrik and Mr Daniel Westling (his future brother-in-law).
In July 2005, Prince Carl Fredrik and his wife, Princess Nathalie are equal partners when they bought and later opened a Stud and Equestrian Farm in Öland, Sweden.
In May 2012, Prince Carl Fredrik opened up a Racing Ground, which he and his twin brother both race on the track his eldest son, Prince Wilhelm has also raced on the track with professional racers.
The Duke and Duchess's household Edit
The Duke and Duchess were given their own household as a gift by the King on their wedding day, 3 June 2000. The Duke and Duchess's household is headed by the Marshal of the court. The Duke and Duchess's household task is to coordinate the official engagements of The Duke and Duchess.
Titles, Styles, Honours and Arms Edit
Titles and Styles Edit
- 13 May 1979 - 31 December 1979: His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Sweden, The Duke of Västerbotten
- 1 January 1980 - present: His Royal Highness The Prince Carl Fredrik of Sweden, The Duke of Västerbotten
Prince Carl Fredrik's full style and title in Full: His Royal Highness The Prince Carl Fredrik Oscar Bertil of Sweden, The Duke of Västerbotten
In Swedish: Hans kungliga höghet Prins Carl Fredrik Oscar Bertil av Sverige, hertig av Västerbotten
- Sweden: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (RoK av KMO)
- Sweden: Knight Grand Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (KNO2kl)
- Sweden: Knight Grand Officer of the Royal Order of Charles XIII (RCXIII:sO)
- Sweden: Personal Aide de Camp to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf (PADC)
- Sweden: Recipient of the Uppland Medal of Merit
- Sweden: Recipient of the Armed Forces Service Medal
- Sweden: Recipient of the Defense College Medal, Silver
- Sweden: Recipient of the Defense College Medal, Gold
- Sweden: Recipient of the Swedish Military Peace Medal
- Sweden: Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan
- Sweden: Swedish Armed Forces Medal for International Service
- Sweden: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
- Sweden: Recipient of the Silver Anniversary Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia
- Sweden: Recipient of the Wedding Medal of Crown Princess Victoria to Mr Daniel Westling
- Sweden: Recipient of the 200th Anniversary Medal of the House of Bernadotte
- Sweden: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
- Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
Foreign honours Edit
- Austria: Grand Cross of the Order of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, 1st Class
- Belgium: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold I
- Brazil: Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross
- Bulgaria: Grand Cross of the Order of the Balkan Mountains
- Denmark: Knight of the Order of the Elephant (on Marriage to The Queen's niece)
- Denmark: Recipient of the Anniversary of the birth of King Frederik IX
- Denmark: Recipient of the Queen Ingrid Commemorative Medal
- Denmark: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark: Recipient of the 40th Ruby Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark: Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Estonia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
- Estonia: Grand Cross Order of the White Star
- Finland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose
- France: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit
- Germany: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Special Issue
- Greece: Grand Cross of the Order of Honour
- Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
- Japan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
- Jordan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Renaissance
- Latvia: Grand Officer of the Order of the Three Stars
- Lithuania: Grand Cross of the Order of Grand Duke Gediminas
- Luxembourg: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
- Malaysia: Honorary Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Defender of the Realm
- Monaco: Knight Commander of the Order of Grimaldi
- Norway: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav
- Romania: Grand Cross of the Order of faithful service
- Tunisia: Grand Officer of the Order of Merit
Military Ranks Edit
- 21 July 1996 - 24 October 1996: Midshipman
- 24 October 1996 - 11 March 1997: Ensign
- 11 March 1997 - 13 May 1997: Sub-lieutenant
- 13 May 1997 - July 1998: Lieutenant
- July 1998 - 13 May 1999: Lieutenant-Commander
- 13 May 1999 - 19 November 2004: Commander
- 19 November 2004 - 18 April 2009: Captain in the Royal Navy
- 18 April 2009 - 29 September 2013:
- 29 September 2013 -present:
Royal Swedish Army Edit Edit
- 15 June 2000 - 19 June 2001: Officer Cadet
- 19 June 2001 - 28 May 2003: Second Lieutenant
- 28 May 2003 - 30 August 2006: Lieutenant
- 30 August 2006 - 14 January 2009: Captain
- 14 January 2009 - 13 May 2011: Major
- 13 May 2011 - 23 December 2013: Lieutenant Colonel
- 23 December 2013 - 30 April 2016: Colonel
- 30 April 2016 - present: Colonel
Royal Swedish Air Force Edit
- 17 March 2006 - 26 May 2008:
- 26 May 2008 - 27 July 2010:
- 27 July 2010 - 17 October 2012:
- 17 October 2012 - 17 August 2014:
- 17 August 2014 - 13 May 2016:
- 13 May 2016 - present:
Honorary Military Appointments Edit
- Denmark: Lieutenant Commander (Danish Royal Navy)
- Denmark: Captain (Danish Army)
- United Kingdom: Commander (British Royal Navy)