Princess Sofia of Sweden shows off growing baby bump on elegant outing

By Ainhoa Barcelona

Princess Sofia of Sweden hasn't slowed down one bit since announcing her impending motherhood, dedicating her time to philanthropic endeavours with her charities and patronages. While the mom-to-be is sure to take some time off once she gives birth to her first child with Prince Carl Philip in April, Sofia and her growing baby bump made an elegant outing for one of her newest causes on Thursday (Jan. 21).

She was appointed honorary president of Sophiahemmet in January, a non-profit organization and private hospital that has links to the Swedish royal family. Its nursing education was sponsored by Queen Sophia in 1884.

Showing her support, Sofia, 30, attended a graduation ceremony of students from the Sophiahemmet University College. The princess was given the honour of presenting each nurse, called Sophia sisters, with the university's traditional brooch.

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All eyes were on Prince Carl Philip's wife, who matched the graduates in a chic monochrome outfit. She wore a lace black dress and cream blazer, giving royal watchers a glimpse at her burgeoning bump.

This is the first time that Sophia has been seen carrying out an engagement this year. She will likely scale back official appearances as she enters the final trimester of her pregnancy.

The princess is expecting her first child in April.

So far, her pregnancy has been plain sailing. Saying that it felt "great," Sofia told a reporter last November that she and Carl Philip didn't want to know the sex of their baby. "It'll be a surprise!" she said.

The model-turned-princess joined the royal family last June, when she married King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's 36-year-old son.

"It'll be a surprise!" Sofia said of the baby's gender.

Sofia has always shown a passion for charity work and in 2010 she founded the Princess Sofia Project Playground along with Frida Vesterberg. She worked there as secretary general until April 2015, just two months before her wedding.

Since then, she has acted as the honorary president of the charity, which helps disadvantaged children.

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