Swedish Prince Carl Philip to marry ex-model in 2015

Swedish Prince Carl Philip to marry ex-model in 2015

The Swedish Royal Court announced today the engagement of Prince Carl Philip, third in line to the throne, to former model Sofia Hellqvist.

The couple will get married in the summer of 2015, but the specific date is still to be decided, according to a statement published on the Royal Court's website.

Carl Philip, 35, is the only son of the royal couple.

His two sisters, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine, are both married and have a daughter each.

Hellqvist, 29, became famous for participating in a reality show before meeting the prince. She has devoted recent years to a non-profit she founded with a friend to help children in South Africa.

"Sofia today answered yes to whether she wants to spend the rest of her life with me," the prince said in another statement.

"I received the ring this morning," Hellqvist said during a press conference in the gardens of the royal palace.

The couple has been together for four years.

The Swedish monarchy's popularity has fallen in recent years amid a series of scandals surrounding the king, but a majority are still in favour of the institution. 

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