Swedish princess cuts down royal duties to take job in hospital fighting coronavirus

Sweden’s Princess Sofia is taking a break from her royal duties to join the front line fight against coronavirus by taking a job in a hospital.

The royal, who is married to the eldest son of King Carl XVI Gustaf, underwent a training scheme at a Stockholm university before becoming a medical assistant at Sophiahemmet hospital.

She shared a photo of her wearing full scrubs on social media, and has been widely praised for stepping up to help at this awful time.

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The snap shows her name badge, which simply says ‘Sofia’.

A statement from the Swedish Royal Family said: “In the crisis we find ourselves in, the Princess wants to get involved and make a contribution as a voluntary worker to relieve the large workload of health care professionals.

Her new role will see her cleaning, helping with patient care and assisting in the kitchens.

Sofia, 35, was a model before marrying husband Prince Carl Phillips, who is fourth in line to the throne, and the couple have two children – Alexander and Gabriel.

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Last year King Carl XVI Gustaf stripped the couple’s children and their three younger cousins of their HRH titles in a bid to slim down their Royal Family – not too dissimilar from Prince Charles’s vision for the British family.

This means they will no longer perform any royal duties and will not get any taxpayer money.

Their titles – which they shall retain – will not be passed on to their future spouses or children. They themselves are still in the line of succession to the Swedish throne.

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The whole royal family had been involved in the decision, and it had been an ongoing debate for several years.

It’s believed the idea was to provide a better idea of the future roles of the children of the two younger children of the king.

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