Coronavirus: Swedish royals Prince Carl and Princess Sofia test positive

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
·3-min read

A the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep a firm grip on many European countries, it’s now been revealed two members of the Swedish royal family have tested positive for COVID-19.

Prince Carl Philip and his wife Princess Sofia are now in isolation after receiving positive results, after they attended a private funeral, the royal household confirmed.

Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden
Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden in December 2019. They are currently isolating. Photo: Getty Images

“On Wednesday, November 25, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia in quarantine after they showed symptoms of illness and were subsequently found to be infected with COVID-19,” a statement read.

Prince Carl Philip is the second oldest child of the king and queen of Sweden. He has been married to Sofia since June 2015 and they have two children.

The couple are said to feel “well under the circumstance” and are showing “milder flu symptoms”.

“Immediately after the illness, the Prince and Princess were quarantined at home with their children. Infection tracing is initiated under the supervision of the King,” the statement continued.

“The King and Queen and The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel, who are part of the infection tracking, will be tested on Thursday.”

Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip
Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding their sons Prince Gabriel (L) and Prince Alexander, in 2017. Photo: AP

In an update on Thursday, the royal household said King Carl, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria, as well as Prince Daniel, all returned negative tests.

“After the Prince and Crown Princess' illness on Wednesday 25 November, the royal couple and the Crown Princess couple have now been tested again and confirmed to remain healthy.”

Coronavirus and the royals

The royal couple are the latest of several royals around the world to contract coronavirus.

it was revealed in October that Prince William had in fact contracted the virus in April but had kept it secret as he didn’t want to alarm the public.

The 38-year-old was reportedly left ‘struggling to breathe’ just days after his father, Prince Charles, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed they had contracted COVID-19.

The future king reportedly didn’t want to alarm the nation by revealing he had contracted the virus.

“As a result of his own experiences, he realises absolutely anyone can catch this awful disease - and knows how imperative it is that we all take this second lockdown seriously,” a source told The Sun.

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Prince Charles, now 72, contracted the virus in March and self-isolated in Birkhall, his Scottish home, but was able to continue working throughout, getting mild symptoms.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Charles and Camilla, here in Berlin in November, had to isolate in March after Charles contracted coronavirus. Photo: Getty Images

Though three months after contracting the virus, Charles revealed he had still not fully recovered.

Jeff Mills, 47, a healthcare assistant from Cheltenham General Hospital, told media: "He did speak of his personal experience, so first-hand experience for him.

"He also spoke about his loss of smell and taste and, sort of, still felt he's still got it now."

Wife, Camilla, tested negative at the same time he returned a positive test, but self-isolated anyway in line with government guidelines.

In November, Princess Michael of Kent became the oldest British royal, at 75, to contract the virus.

She was said to be over the worst by her spokesman.

Additional reporting by Rebecca Taylor.

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