Prince Carl Philip of Sweden helps launch round the world yacht race
9 OCTOBER 2008 Prince Carl Philip, the only son of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, was on hand to inaugurate one of the world's toughest sailing challenges this week.
The handsome 29-year-old, who was briefly heir to the Swedish throne before an act of parliament passed the role onto his elder sister Victoria, flew to Alicante, Spain, to see the round-the-world yacht race - dubbed the 'Everest of sailing' - get underway.
And although his own favoured sports are football, swimming and skiing, the prince - who has been in a relationship with a Stockholm ad exec for the past ten years - was clearly enjoying being at sea with the Swedish team. As one of the patrons of the race he joined them aboard their vessel for the initial in-port race stage of the competition.
The eight participating yachts will spend nine months traversing the world's oceans, with stop-offs to race in ports such as Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Galway, Gothenburg and Stockholm.