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The Swedish Royal Court announced this morning that Prince Carl Philip – second child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia – has proposed to Sofia Hellqvist, his girlfriend of four years. Actually, Carl Philip asked her this morning, she said yes (obviously), and the press release was announced. (No sense putting it off, I guess.) The press conference can be seen here or here.

Sofia is a former model and reality show contestant (she participated in the Swedish version of the show Paradise Hotel in 2005) and was once photographed for a men’s magazine wearing only bikini bottoms and a boa constrictor wrapped around her upper body, but in more recent years she became the co-founder of Project Playground, a program in South Africa that offers recreational activities to disadvantaged children.

A wedding date has not been announced, but will take place some time next summer.

Grattis (congratulations) to the happy couple!

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