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Europe's most down-to-earth royals Princess Sofia
Europe's most down-to-earth royals Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden dress casually as they shop for a pram ahead of birth of first child
They’re welcoming their first child this year and it seems that Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip are getting preparations underway ahead of the arrival.
The couple, who recently revealed they want the baby’s sex to be a surprise, were spotted baby shopping over the festive period.
The pair journeyed to Sweden's Skane county to pick up a few baby essentials and a young woman, Alva Lennwall, spotted them and requested a photograph with the royals.
According to Expressen, Alva asked the duo for a snap and Sofia, who is around six months pregnant, replied: 'Of course', to which her husband agreed.
As the photo attests, Sofia, 31, and Carl Philip, 36, look like any other couple as they dressed down for their day out.
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Sofia, a former glamour model, wrapped her bump up warm in a grey coat, which she wore with a black top and jeans. The royal opted to go au natural but wore her glossy brunette locks loose.
Carl Philip, meanwhile, wore a cosy pullover and practical mac for the casual day out.
Alva revealed that the couple were looking at prams but the shop owner, who confirmed they made a few purchases, wouldn't reveal what exactly they snapped up.
When asked recently by Swedish newspaper Expressen whether they knew if they were having a little girl or boy, Prince Carl Philip responded: ‘No, and we do not want to know.’
His wife, Princess Sofia, added: It will be a surprise.’
In October, the couple announced that they are expecting and were seen smiling in black and white images released to celebrate the announcement.
In one image, Princess Sofia is seen gazing at her husband, wearing a white long-sleeved dress and her hair tumbling down her shoulders. In the second, the proud couple stand smiling straight at the camera.
In a statement published on Facebook at the time, the couple said: 'We are so happy and excited to announce that we are expecting our first child. We are very much looking forward to it.'
The duo also revealed they’ve been practicing by babysitting their nieces and nephews - the children of her sister-in-law Princess Madeleine, who recently moved to London with her children and financier husband Chris O'Neill. .
Princess Sofia told the Swedish journal Svenskdam: ‘Yes, we've been babysitting. It's a little more difficult now that [Prince] Nicolas and [Princess] Leonore are further away.’
The pair instead offer to babysit three-year-old Princess Estelle, Crown Princess Victoria’s daughter.
Carl-Philip, 36, is the second child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Their child, which is due in April, will be the fifth in line for the Swedish royal throne.
Carl-Philip married former glamour model Sofia Hellqvist, 30, an elegant brunette commoner known for her infectious gap-toothed smile and easygoing ways, in June.
The palace also revealed: 'The birth is expected to take place in April of 2016. No changes in the schedule of The Prince Couple's public engagements are planned during the fall of 2015.'
The Facebook post has received over 100,000 likes on the Royal Swedish Court's page.
Sofia and Carl-Philip dated for five years before walking down the aisle in June and live together in the upmarket Djurgården district of Stockholm.
Carl Philip and Sofia married in the royal palace's chapel, with the bride wearing a lace wedding dress created by local designer Ida Sjöstedt.
But thanks to Princess Sofia's reality TV and glamour modelling past, Carl-Philip's choice of wife initially proved controversial.
The now Duchess of Värmland's first shoot came at the age of 20 and saw her posing topless in a pair of camouflage print bikini bottoms and clutching a snake to preserve her modesty.
Unsurprisingly, when news of Carl-Philip's new relationship emerged in 2010, the Swedish Royal Family were initially put 'on the defensive' as sources put it at the time.
Since then, however, Sofia has gone out of her way to tone down her image while Carl-Philip has hit the headlines for antics of his own - not least his infamous 'wild summer' of 2012.
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