Princess Sofia may be Sweden’s newest royal, but the beautiful brunette hasn't forgotten her roots. On the second day of her tour with husband Prince Carl Philip, the newlyweds visited the tiny town of Alvaden, in Dalarna County, Sweden, where the former model grew up. The Tuesday visit, during which the couple toured cellulose company I-Cell, was the new princess's first trip home since her wedding and visibly moved her to tears.
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers eager to welcome the couple. As she emerged from the car, Sofia was clearly taken aback by the strong show of love and support and went over to speak to the crowds that had been waiting for her.
“I’m glad that so many have come, I really appreciate that,” she said. “I was not sure if any would come.” This was Sofia’s first trip to her hometown since marrying Carl Philip three months ago. After shaking hands and chatting briefly with the crowds, she officially addressed her admirers.
“Dear Alvdalsbor, many thanks for allowing us to be with you here today. I must admit that I was pretty nervous to come here in a complete new role, but your warm reception made it much easier,” she said. “I was touched to see you here. It felt very special.”
She continued: “Dalarna has a very important place in my heart and especially Alvaden. Here, I’ve spent years, and it largely shaped me as a person…Dalarna is very beautiful, I am not only thinking of the nature but also of the beautiful people here.”
Later that day, the 30-year-old took her husband for a walk in the countryside before the couple visited the Idre Sami Village and spoke to the local media about how much they have enjoyed their visit so far.
The day before, Sofia and Carl Philip visited a unit for refugees in the Dalarna province in central Sweden. The pair showed off their maternal and paternal skills entertaining the children by playing peek-a-boo and clapping their hands.