Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and fiancée Sofia Hellqvist recall 'love at first sight'

With less than two weeks to go before Prince Carl Philip of Sweden marries his long-term love Sofia Hellqvist, the couple have spoken about their love – and recalled the moment they first set eyes on each other several years ago.

The charming prince and the former reality TV star met during a lunch with mutual friends, and while at first they were shy around each other, Sofia called the meeting "love at first sight".

"The first thing I noticed about Carl Philip was that he seemed very humble," Sofia told Swedish channel TV 4 in a joint interview with her future husband. "When I got to know him, I saw that he was incredibly natural, very intelligent and very humble."


"I don't think I knew the magic of love before I met Sofia," said Prince Carl Philip

Carl Philip, who is third-in-line to the Swedish throne, returned his fiancée's compliments. "Above all, she's beautiful and has beautiful eyes," she said. "But she's also a fantastic person. She's down to earth and has a wonderful personality. There are so many good things to say about her."

"I don't think I knew the magic of love before I met Sofia," added the prince, 36. "But ever since I met her, I've seen how love can change a person."

"I completely agree," said Sofia, 30. "Carl Philip is definitely the right person for me. He's my best friend."

"I've definitely been prepared," said Sofia of her future role as a princess

The couple, who first confirmed their romance in the summer of 2010, are set to wed on Saturday 13 June in the palace's royal chapel in Stockholm. After they marry, Sofia will officially become HRH Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland and naturally she has had help preparing for the role.

"I've spoken with people who have gone through a similar experience," Sofia said in another interview with Swedish news agency TT.

"Of course there's been a process. I don't know what people refer to when they talk about 'princess school' but if they mean acquiring knowledge and experiences about the future as a prince's wife, I've definitely been prepared."

Sofia, pictured with Princess Madeleine and her daughter Princess Leonore, said she has been warmly welcomed into the royal family

Carl Philip and Sofia, who said that she already feels like "part of the family", have asked guests to give charitable donations instead of wedding presents at their upcoming nuptials.

"In my new role, I'm hoping to focus on issues that are important in society, to do good," said Sofia. "For example with the wedding, we've created a foundation that supports children and young people."

As to whether they'll be hearing the pitter-patter of small feet soon, Carl Philip said: "Children are great, but we're taking things one step at a time."