Princess Birgitta’s 75th Birthday
Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern today celebrates her 75th birthday.
She was born on January 19th, 1937 to Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and given the names Birgitta Ingeborg Alice. Birgitta was the second of the couple’s five children – four daughters and one son (Princesses Margaretha, Desireé and Christina, and the current King Carl XVI Gustaf). The Princess and her siblings spent their childhood at Haga Palace, with the residence giving the four sisters a group nickname – ‘The Haga Princesses‘.
During her teenage years, the Princess had an interest in tennis, fencing and golf, and undertook language studies in Germany in the late 1950s. Golf continues to be one of her keenest interests, Birgitta hosts an annual golf competition, the Princess Birgitta Trophy, in Mallorca.
In May 1961, Princess Birgitta married Prince Johann-Georg of Hohenzollern in a civil ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, before a religious ceremony at the Sankt Johann Church in Sigmaringen. Because she married a fellow royal, Princess Birgitta retained her Swedish style, HRH (unlike her sisters, who lost the style upon marriage to commoners). The couple have three children, two sons and a daughter: Prince Carl Christian, born on April 5th, 1962; Princess Désirée, born on November 27th, 1963; and Prince Hubertus, born on June 10th, 1966.
The Princess currently lives in Mallorca, Spain. She has been seperated from her husband since 1990, although the couple has chosen not to divorce.
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