Swedish Princess takes three-day medical course to help fight on frontline against coronavirus

Princess Sofia of Sweden has put herself on the frontline against the battle of coronavirus by becoming a volunteer in a hospital.

The royal, 35, who is married to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, 40, attended a three-day medical course at Stockholm University to qualify as a healthcare assistant so that she can assist stretched staff.

Last week, Princess Sofia announced via her Instagram page that she was able to start work at a hospital immediately, which has so far killed 1,203 people in her home country.

As most of the world is placed under lockdown Sweden is one of few places that still have businesses like restaurants and schools still open.

Meanwhile Princess Sofia decided to be more active in the fight against COVID-19 and, following in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who have been voluntarily delivering food parcels, she signed up to volunteer.

Swapping her usual glamorous wardrobe for blue scrubs, Sofia posted a snap from inside the locker room at Stockholm’s Sophiahemmet hospital where she has been placed in a care unit alongside 80 other volunteers.

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She explained that she had undertaken a healthcare course and what her role was: "Within the framework of the “emergency response”, I am now placed in one of the hospital's care units where, together with other newly trained colleagues, I support and relieve the care staff with various tasks, including care of patients and cleaning.'

Princess Sofia has been an honorary chair of the Sophiahemmet, which is providing relief to emergency hospitals by supporting cancer patients who need surgery, as well as other resources needed in Stockholm.

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The royal, who married Prince Carl in 2015, added: "I have previously been involved in the Sophia home business. To have the opportunity to help in this difficult time is extremely rewarding. Thanks!"

She was heavily praised by many of her followers for taking up the role to help provide additional care to doctors and nurses who are already fighting against coronavirus.

The hospital wrote in their own Instagram post: "Princess Sofia is not only Sophia's honorary chair, but now also works with us. This is after having completed our basic nursing education which has been developed to relieve the now severely strained healthcare staff."

She was pictured standing a safe distance apart from her fellow volunteers at the hospital as she started work

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