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Another baby expected as Sweden royal family expands

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/23/2017
FILE - In this Saturday, June 13, 2015 file photo, Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and his bride, Sofia Hellqvist travel in a carriage after their wedding ceremony, in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are expecting their second child, the royal palace announced on Thursday March 23, 2017. (Mikael Fritzon/TT via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Saturday, June 13, 2015 file photo, Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and his bride, Sofia Hellqvist travel in a carriage after their wedding ceremony, in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are expecting their second child, the royal palace announced on Thursday March 23, 2017. (Mikael Fritzon/TT via AP, File)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are expecting their second child.

The prince, son of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and fifth in the line of succession, says they are "looking forward to welcoming a new little member to our family."

In Thursday's statement, the royal palace said the birth is expected for September.

The 37-year-old prince wed Sofia Hellqvist, now 32, in June 2015. The couple has already one child, Prince Alexander, who was born April 19, 2016.

King Carl Gustaf is Sweden's head of state, but his duties are ceremonial and he holds no political power.

The royal family is hugely popular in Sweden and the monarchy enjoys widespread support despite the egalitarianism that otherwise characterizes society in the Nordic country.

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