In the photo, Prince Julian dons a cream jumper while laying on white sheets.
On March 26, 2021, the Swedish royal family celebrated the arrival of their youngest member — Prince Julian Herbert Folke of Sweden. The third child of Prince Carl Philip, the second oldest child of the king, and his wife, Princess Sofia, was introduced to the rest of the world when the royal couple shared an adorable picture of him just hours after revealing his name. In the photo, Prince Julian dons a cream jumper while laying on white sheets.
"We are so happy and grateful to be able to welcome our third son to our family," Prince Carl, 41, said of his new baby in a royal press release. "Princess Sofia and I, and his two big brothers, have all been longing for this day. And now we are looking forward to getting to know this new little member of our family."
The photo was posted on Instagram after King Carl Gustaf announced his newest grandson's name and dukedom at a cabinet meeting at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. What made the announcement more special was the fact that the name and title are tributes to members of the royal family, according to the Daily Mail.
While Folke is one of the King's middle names, it is also the name of the grandson of King Oscar II, who was known for getting around 31,000 prisoners released from German concentration camps during WWII. As for Prince Julian's title as Duke of Halland, it is a tribute to the former duchy of King Carl's beloved uncle, Prince Bertil. Additionally, it is in the uncle's former home that Prince Carl and Princess Sofia currently reside with their older children, sons Prince Alexander, 4, and Prince Gabriel, 3.
The difference between Prince Julian and his older brothers is that he won't immediately be given the Royal Highness status as he was born after King Gustaf revoked the style in October 2019 from Carl and Sofia's children. This makes him the very first royal to be born without the HRH title. Yet, despite being only a few days old, the little one has already made history. Interestingly enough, the children won't have positions in the Royal House nor will they have to take up duties reserved for senior royals, but they will continue to be in the line of succession.
For now, young Prince Julian gets to enjoy being the center of attention. Some noted that the youngest child's features take after his mother, Princess Sofia. "He looks just like his mom! Congrats!" said one. Another agreed stating, "Congrats from Barbados. He looks like his mom." A third person's comment translated to, "So cute. Very similar to Sofia!"
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