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Princess Sofia of Sweden shows off maternal side at refugee centre

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Princess Sofia of Sweden looked a natural with a group of children she met at a refugee centre on Monday. The royal, who married Prince Carl Philip in June, was joining her husband on a two-day tour of Dalarna province in central Sweden, where the couple were carrying out official engagements.

One of their stops included a visit to a consultant unit for refugees, where Sofia and Carl Philip took part in a play session. It was the perfect time for Sofia's maternal side to shine through.

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Princess Sofia of Sweden recently married Prince Carl Philip in June

The 30-year-old and her husband entertained the youngsters who sat in a circle around them, playing peek-a-boo and clapping their hands. Sofia looked particularly charmed by one little girl who she picked up and balanced on her hip.

Last month, the brunette beauty called on members of the public to take action and help those suffering as a result of the refugee crisis. Sofia gave a speech in Pretoria, South Africa at the Global Child Forum conference.

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The 30-year-old was particularly charmed by one little girl

"I think that everybody can contribute in their own way and do something," said Sofia. "I have a great belief that every individual can make a difference and help a fellow human being.

"What action can you take as a professional and as a person to make a positive impact on a child's life? As long as children suffer, we have work to do."

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The couple took part in a play session at a refugee centre

Before joining the royal family, the philanthropist founded children's charity the Sofia Hellqvist Project Playground. The charity, which she established with a friend, aims to support underprivileged children in South Africa by providing meals, counsel and recreational activities.

Sofia worked as the charity's secretary general until April of this year, just two months before she tied the knot. Her older sister Lina still works as a project coordinator.

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Sofia and Carl Philip also visited a copper mine during their two-day visit

During their visit to Dalarna, Sofia and Carl Philip also visited the Falu copper mine, where they signed their names on a wall, alongside the old signatures of King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria.

The newlyweds also visited Skedvi Bröd, a local bakery where they made hand baked Skedvi bread using traditional ovens.

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