Originally Posted by Tatiana Maria
How is Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte viewed by the French?
Per an interview with Bertil Bernadotte, he is still viewed as a traitor.
Originally Posted by LadyFinn
Victoria said at her speech:
Thank you for the beautiful gift. This magnolia plant may still be small. But it holds great significance as a symbol of the shared history of our two countries.
Cut from the tree that King Oscar II planted here 119 years ago, it is a living link between the past, the present and the future.
I look very much forward to bringing this gift home to my daughter, Princess Estelle, and to help her plant it in the garden of our home.
There, at the Haga palace, it will stand to remind her of her family history and of the long-standing friendship between France and Sweden. (...).
I look forward to the day when I will return. I can’t wait to show this beautiful place to our daughter, Princess Estelle, and her younger brother, Prince Oscar.
It is nice to see that, 200 years later, the link between the royal Bernadottes and their family's place of origin is flourishing. Perhaps the Crown Princess was motivated to study French in honor of her family history.
In what way are the French Bernadottes related to the Swedish branch?
I wonder whether Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte himself expected his dynasty to remain on the throne for this long ...