back to top

You Might Not Know These Royals But You Should

There's about to be ANOTHER royal wedding.

Posted on

Hey guys! Did you know that Sweden has a royal family? That's right – there's more to life than Kate Middleton!

The Swedish royal family has been in the news lately because the super ~dreamy~ Prince Carl Philip is marrying Sofia Hellqvist on June 13.

Pascal Le Segretain / Via Getty Images



Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland — Third in line to the throne.

Mark Renders / Via Getty Images

Sure he looks like Henry Cavill, Hugh Dancy, and Orlando Bloom somehow had a baby. But did you know this dreamboat of a prince is also a college-educated graphic designer? He even studied at the Rhode Island School of Design for a year!

The middle child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia met model/reality star Sofia Hellqvist in 2009 and got engaged in 2014. He has an older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, and a younger sister, Princess Madeleine.

And his bride-to-be, Sofia Hellqvist.

Torsten Laursen / Via Getty Images

Sofia is due to become Princess Sofia in a few days, but for now she's still Sofia Hellqvist, former reality star/model who appeared on the Swedish version of Paradise Hotel and posed topless with a snake for a men's magazine. Sofia is also a trained yoga instructor and opened her own center in New York.

Sofia met Prince Carl Philip in 2009 and the couple went public in 2010. Avicii and Icona Pop are reportedly playing at their wedding reception on June 13.

Now let's move on to Carl Philip's older sister, Victoria and her family.

Crown Princess Victoria — First in line to the throne.

Pascal Le Segretain / Via Getty Images

Though Crown Princess Victoria is the firstborn child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, her younger brother Prince Carl Philip was originally set to become the ruler of Sweden. In 1980, however, the Swedish Act of Succession changed to allow the eldest child of the monarch to ascend to the throne (regardless of gender). Sweden was actually the first monarchy to change the whole Kings before Queens thing so you go, Sweden!

Crown Princess Victoria attended Yale University in the good ol' US of A. She married her former personal trainer, Daniel Westling, who became Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland and the two welcomed daughter Princess Estelle in 2012. That means little Estelle will be Queen one day just like her mama!


And her husbad, Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland.

Ivan Da Silva / Via Getty Images

Born Daniel Westling, Prince Daniel met the Crown Princess Victoria when he worked as her personal trainer. As previously mentioned, the two married in 2010 and daughter Estelle was born in 2012.

In a bit of fun trivia: the day Prince Daniel was born, his future father-in-law King Carl XVI Gustaf ascended to the throne. Also, Prince Daniel shares a birthday with Prince Henry of Wales (aka Prince Harry) and Spain's Queen Letizia.

This is their daughter, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland — Second in line to the throne.

Getty Images

There's not much about this adorable little 3-year-old nugget yet — look at her conquering those slopes! What we do know is that Princess Estelle will one day be Queen Estelle, thanks to her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

And here's the youngest child, Madeleine, of the King and Queen, and her family.

Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland — Fourth in line to the throne.

Andreas Rentz / Via Getty Images

Princess Madeleine is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She grew up an avid horse lover, and even competed throughout her childhood.

She moved to New York in 2010 after a break-up with her fiancée at the time. But alas she met her financier husband Christopher O'Neill soon after and the two got married in 2013 and had Princess Leonore in 2014. The O'Neills are also expecting another bundle of joy and relocated to Sweden this year!


And her husband, Christopher O'Neill.

Andreas Rentz / Via Getty Images

Christopher was born in London, but holds dual American-British citizenship. He attended both Boston University and Columbia University, and spent time working in the United Kingdom as well as New York City, where he met his wife, Princess Madeleine.

Christopher was offered a royal title, but passed because he would have had to become a Swedish citizen. Christopher and Princess Madeleine now live in Sweden and are awaiting the birth of their second child.

Here's their daughter, Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland — Fifth in line to the throne.

Jonas Ekstromer / Via Getty Images

Princess Leonore (on the left with the oh-so-chic white jacket) was born in February of 2014. She's due to become a big sister this summer!

And we can't forget about the head honchos — the King and Queen of Sweden.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden — Current rulers, duh!

Marc Piasecki / Via Getty Images

Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia. King Carl XVI Gustaf saw tragedy early on in his life: his father Prince Gustaf Adolf was killed when Carl was only nine months old. King Carl XVI Gustaf ascended to the throne in 1973 and married Silvia Renate Sommerlath in 1976 — the first marriage of a reigning Swedish monarch since 1797. The night before their wedding, a little group called ABBA performed their song "Dancing Queen" for the first time for the Queen. They met at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. Their children, of course, are Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine.

King Carl XVI Gustaf is the youngest of five, but since he was the only boy, he got to be king! Luckily, Sweden was not about that gender discrimination, so his daughter Victoria is the Crown Princess. Queen Silvia is half Brazilian and half German. She's a trained interpreter and can speak Swedish, German, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. She also became the longest-reigning Queen in Sweden's history in 2011.