Prince Carl Philip has been serving at the Swedish Armed Forces headquarters during the coronavirus pandemic

By Heather Cichowski

Prince Carl Philip has been serving at the Swedish Armed Forces headquarters during the coronavirus pandemic

Prince Carl Philip is one of many royals around the world who is doing what he can to help during the coronavirus pandemic. He's been serving at the Swedish Armed Forces headquarters in light of COVID-19.

On May 25, the Swedish royal family revealed the news by taking to Instagram to share a photo of the father of two in his military uniform.The caption, translated from Swedish, revealed that Carl Philip has been serving at the Försvarsmakten headquarters since mid-May.

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"Since mid-May, Prince Carl Philip, who is a reserve officer with a majors degree, has been serving at the @forsvarsmakten defence force's headquarters," revealed the Instagram post.

"The Prince is located at the Operations Command's Operational Command Center, which directs and coordinates operational operations and operations for all combat forces," the statement continued.

"From the command center, the Armed Forces also support and coordinate the community with the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The service is performed at the Prince's initiative," finished the message. "The Prince made himself available to the Swedish Armed Forces following the visit to the interim management that the Prince, on the King's behalf, made earlier this spring."

Prince Carl Philip attends King Carl XVI Gustaf's 60th birthday celebrations, military tribute and changing of the guard at the royal palace in Stockholm in 2006. He was then pursuing his captain's degree. Photo: © Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

The prince has also been involved with Sweden's Navy. In 2007, he received his captain's degree in Stockholm and in October 2014 he was promote to major.

Carl Philip's wife Princess Sofia has also taken an active role in the fight against COVID-19. Last month, it was revealed she completed an intensive three-day training program at Sophiahemmet University College in Stockholm, where she is an honorary chair member. Since completing the course, the Swedish royal can help hospital staff with non-medical tasks during the coronavirus pandemic. Her first day of work was April 16.

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I förra veckan genomgick jag en sjukvårdsutbildning med fördjupning inom hälsa, vård och omsorg på @sophiahemmet Inom ramen för ”beredskapslyftet” är jag nu placerad på en av sjukhusets vårdavdelningar där jag tillsammans med andra nyutbildade kollegor stöttar och avlastar vårdpersonalen med olika uppgifter, bland annat omsorg av patienter och städning. Sophiahemmet har i sin tur ställt sina resurser till Region Stockholms förfogande. Ett 40-tal medarbetare är utlånade för att arbeta inom intensivvården på akutsjukhusen. Dessutom avlastar Sophiahemmet akutsjukhusen genom att stötta kirurgi inom främst cancer. Jag är sedan tidigare engagerad i Sophiahemmets verksamhet. Att i denna svåra tid få möjlighet att hjälpa till är oerhört givande. Tack!

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May has been a busy month for Carl Philip. He turned 41 on May 13, and a regal portrait was shared online for the occasion, which was taken by Sofia!

Here's to the birthday boy! Princess Sofia took this portrait of her husband to mark his 41st birthday. Photo: © HRH Princess Sofia

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's only son was photographed by the Duchess of Värmland on the stairs of their family home at Djurgården, an island in Stockholm.

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been more than 5.4 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 188 countries and regions. Sweden has over 33,000 of those cases. The illness has killed more than 345,000 people worldwide, but more than 3.2 million people have recovered from it so far.

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