Prince Carl Philip of Sweden joins army to help during coronavirus crisis


PRINCE Carl Philip of Sweden has joined the army to help during the coronavirus crisis.

Sweden’s Royal Family shared a picture on Instagram of the Prince in his uniform. They revealed he had been serving in the army since mid-May.

The Instagram post said: “Since mid-May, Prince Carl Philip has served a reserve officer with the rank of Major at the Defence Headquarters.

“The Prince is now located at the Operations Command Centre, which directs and coordinates operations for all combat forces.

“From the command centre, the Armed Forces also support and coordinate the community for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The service is performed at the Prince’s own initiative.”

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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden has joined the army to help during the coronavirus crisis (Image: INSTAGRAM)

Sweden has had 35,088 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 4,220 people have died, according to the latest figures.

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The Prince, pictured with Princess Sofia, has been serving in the army since mid-May (Image: GETTY)

The Queen, 94, who is at Windsor Castle, has made two televised addresses.

In her first message on April 5, the monarch echoed Dame Vera Lynn’s words by telling those in lockdown “we will meet again”.

In her speech to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, she praised the country’s response to the outbreak.

The Queen said: “The wartime generation knew that the best way to honour those who did not come back from the war, was to ensure that it didn’t happen again.

“The greatest tribute to their sacrifice is that countries who were once sworn enemies are now friends, working side by side for the peace, health and prosperity of us all.

“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish. Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps.

“But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other.

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The Queen has made two televised addresses to the nation during the lockdown (Image: BUCKINGHAM PALACE)

“And when I look at our country today, and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.”

Other members of the Royal Family including Prince William and Kate have been carrying out engagements remotely.

Prince Charles, 71, has recovered after testing positive for coronavirus in March.