| Prince of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland, Prince of Denmark Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg
|Prince Charles in 2016|
|Charlie Frederik James Richard Gustaf|
|House||House of Bernadotte|
|Father||Prince Carl Fredrik, Duke of Västerbotten|
|Mother||Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten|
|Born|| 30 January 2005 |
Drottningholm Palace, Sweden
|Religion||Church of Sweden|
HRH Prince Charlie of Sweden, The Duke of Södermanland (Charlie Frederik James Richard Gustaf; born 30 January 2005) is the eldest son and the second child of Prince Carl Fredrik, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten.
As of April 2017, Prince Charlie is sixth in line to the Swedish throne after his aunt Crown Princess Victoria, her two children Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, his father Prince Carl Fredrik, Duke of Västerbotten and his elder sister Princess Leona.
As of April 2017, Prince Charlie is second-in-line to succeed the headship of the Princely House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, after his cousin, Prince Richard.
Birth and life Edit
Prince Charlie was born at 04:26 CET on 30 March 2005. As the eldest son and second child of Prince Carl Fredrik, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten. His father is the elder twin son and second child of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his German-born wife Queen Silvia of Sweden and his mother is the youngest child and daughter of Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark. The birth was greeted by two 21-gun salutes on the island Skeppsholmen, opposite Stockholm Palace in the capital of Stockholm. His names and titles were announced the following day by his Paternal grandfather, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at the Cabinet meeting. After the cabinet meeting, a Te Deum thanksgiving service was held in the Palace's Royal Chapel on 31 March 2005 to celebrate his birth in attendance was his father, his elder sister, his maternal and paternal grandparents, his maternal and paternal aunt's and uncle's and cousin's of both of his families.
The Prince has one elder sister, two younger brother's and one younger sister:
- Princess Leona, Duchess of Öland, (born 27 April 2001, age 16)
- Prince Frederik, Duke of Jämtland, (born 15 March 2007, age 10)
- Prince Gabriel, Duke of Smälland, (born 16 January 2010, age 7)
- Prince Louis, Duke of Västmanland, (born 16 January 2010, age 7)
Prince Charlie's maternal grandfather, Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg died suddenly on 13 March 2017, at Castle Berleburg, Germany. He was aged 82 at his death. On 21 March 2017, Prince Charlie with his parents and siblings attended the funeral of their grandfather (He died three days before his younger brother's 10th birthday, on 15 March and 17 days before Wilhelm's 12th birthday on 30 March)
Prince Charlie was christened on 12 June 2005 (the 6th wedding anniversary of his parents' marriage) at the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden.
His godparents are:
- Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, his father's twin brother
- Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg, his mother's brother
- Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, his mother's first cousin
- Daniel Westling, his father's friend and future husband of his aunt Crown Princess Victoria.
- Mr Gustaf Magnuson
On 25 August 2007, Prince Charlie started preschool at Äventyret Preschool in Danderyd Municipality, Stockholm. It was the school his elder sister attended, his younger brother and first cousin, Princess Estelle are now attending this pre-school.
On 19 August 2010, Prince Charlie started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte, Denmark. The same school as his third cousin, Prince Christian of Denmark. He currently resides for his education at Frederik VIII's Palace, with his second cousin, The Crown Prince of Denmark, his wife and their children. Charlie goes to school with Prince Christian and Christian's younger sister Princess Isabella.
In August 2017, Prince Charlie will be transferred back to Sweden for his secondary education, it will probably be the same school as his father and uncle attended.
Prince Charlie has been fond of the outdoor life. He is keen in Sports and Athletics, he plays football, rugby, and basketball. he also enjoys go-cart racing, snowboarding, sailing, running, swimming and Skiing. In June 2013, eight-year-old Prince Charlie took part in a sponsored charity run with his father, uncle, and second and third cousins, Crown Prince Frederik and seven-year-old Prince Christian of Denmark in central Sweden, Stockholm.
He has a keen interest in Skiing and snowboarding, like his father, uncle and great-great uncle, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, which he, his father and uncle all enjoy together twice a year to remember Prince Bertil.
Royal Duties Edit
Prince Charlie and his family celebrates his grandfather's and paternal aunt's birthday every year on 30 April and 14 July, he attends his aunt's birthday concert which is called Victoriadagen. He also attends Te Deums, christenings, Royal and family weddings, Nobel festivities and Polar prize. He also attends Nationaldagen on 6 June.
Royal Functions Edit
On 30 April 2006, 1-year-old Prince Charlie with his parents, his elder sister with the rest of the Swedish Royal Family celebrated the 60th birthday of his paternal grandfather, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
On 16 March 2007, Prince Charlie (aged 1 year and 11 months) with his father and elder sister attended the Te Deum to celebrate the birth of his younger brother. On 17 March 2007, Prince Wilhelm and his elder sister visited their mother and new brother for the first time.
On 17 October 2007, Prince Charlie (aged 2) for the first time visited his Duchy, Södermanland accompanied by his parents and elder sister to inaugurate a football path, named in his honour as "The Young Duke's Football path" in Södertälje, Södermanland. At the time of his christening, he was presented with a miniature classic boat and a certificate to the trail indicating that in the future he would perform official engagements there.
On 19 June 2009, Prince Charlie (aged 4) with his sister celebrated his parents the 10th anniversary of his parents' marriage by attending a Te Deum service and an anniversary dinner.
On 18 June 2010, Prince Charlie with his parents and elder sister attended the Pre-wedding concert of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling. On 19 June 2010, four-year-old Charlie acted as pageboy at his paternal aunt Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and his godfather and future uncle Mr Daniel Westling's wedding. He joined with his sister and parents with all the celebrations before and after their wedding.
On 21 August 2010, Prince Charlie with the rest of the Royal Family to celebrate 200 years of the House of Bernadotte being on the throne.
On January 2012, Prince Charlie with his parents and his brother and sister celebrated the 40th Jubilee Reign of his mother's aunt, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
On 22 May 2012, seven-year-old Prince Charlie along with his parents, his elder sister and younger brother attended the christening of his first cousin, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland. Prince Carl Fredrik is Princess Estelle's godfather.
On 16 March 2013, Prince Charlie with his parents, his elder sister, his younger brother, his grandparents, his paternal aunt's and uncle's and his paternal and maternal great-aunt's attended the funeral of his great-great-aunt by marriage, Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland. Her funeral was a day after his younger brothers, Prince Frederik celebrated his 6th birthday.
On 8 June 2013, Prince Charlie (aged 8) acted as pageboy/ring bearer at the wedding of his paternal aunt Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland and Mr Christopher O'Neill.
On 15 September 2013, Prince Charlie (aged 8) with parents, his elder sister, younger brothers and younger sister with the rest of the Swedish Royal Family celebrated the 40th anniversary of his grandfather's accession to the Swedish throne.
On 8 June 2014, nine-year-old Prince Charlie with his parents, his elder sister and younger brothers attended the christening of his first cousin, Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland.
On 13 June 2015, ten-year-old Prince Charlie acted as Junior supporter while his father, Prince Carl Fredrik was best man at the wedding of his paternal uncle and godfather , Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland to Miss Sofia Hellqvist, later Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland. It was also the first time Prince Charlie was dressed in Military uniform.
On 11 October 2015, Prince Charlie with his parents, his elder sister and younger brother attended the christening of his first cousin, Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland. His father is Prince Nicolas's godfather
On 30 April 2016, eleven-year-old Prince Charlie joined in with the rest of the Swedish Royal Family to celebrate the 70th birthday of his paternal grandfather, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. He celebrated his sister's 15th birthday three days earlier.
On 27 May 2016, Prince Charlie with the rest of his family attended the christening of his first cousin, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skåne.
On 9 September 2016, Prince Charles with his parents and family attended the christening of his younger cousin, Prince Alexander, Duke of Närke.
Titles, Styles and honours Edit
Titles and Styles Edit
- 30 January 2005 - present: His Royal Highness Prince Charlie of Sweden, The Duke of Sodermanland Prince of Denmark, and Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg
National Honours Edit
- Sweden: Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (since his birth, on 30 January 2005)
- Sweden: Knight of the Order of Charles XIII (since birth, 30 January 2005; presented at baptism)
- Sweden: Recipient of the Wedding Medal of Crown Princess Victoria to Daniel Westling
- Sweden: Recipient of the 200th anniversary Medal of the House of Bernadotte (21/08/2010)
- Sweden: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf (15/09/2013)
- Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf (30/04/2016)
- Denmark: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II (16/04/2010)
- Denmark: Recipient of the Ruby Jubliee Medal of Queen Margrethe II (14/01/2012)
- Denmark: Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II (16/04/2015)