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On this day, September 16, 1583 ~ Demise of Catherine Jagiellon, Queen Consort of King Johan III of Sweden
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On this day, October 20, 1932 ~ The wedding of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Vasterbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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On this day November 1st 1526 – Birth of Catherine Jagiellon, queen of Sweden

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On this day, November 6, 1550 ~ Birth of Karin Mansdotter, Queen of Sweden, wife of King Eric XIV of Sweden
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On this day, November 16, 1532 ~ Demise of King Gustavus II Adolphus of Sweden at the Battle of Lutzen
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The Battle of Lützen took place in 1632


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On this day, November 24, 1715 ~ Demise of Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden, wife of King Carl X of Sweden
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On this day, November 24, 1715 ~ Demise of Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden, wife of King Carl X of Sweden
Although not openly involved in politics Queen Hedvig Eleonora was for her 61 years in Sweden the axis around which the Swedish empire revolved. She is in my opinion one of, if not the, most influential woman in Swedish history.
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Hedwig Eleonora was queen for only a little over 5 years but queen mother for over half a century that must be a Swedish record!
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Hedwig Eleonora was queen for only a little over 5 years but queen mother for over half a century that must be a Swedish record!
Hedvig Eleonora's 5 years as Queen and 55 years as Queen Dowager is only beaten by her husband's step-great-grandmother Queen Katarina who after becoming the third wife of King Gustav I was Queen for 8 years and then Queen Dowager for a whopping 61 years before passing away in 1621.
Both of the ladies held the title of "Riksänkedrottning" (Queen Dowager of the Realm).
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On this day, November 30, 1718 ~ Demise of King Carl XII of Sweden at Fredrikshald, Norway
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December 7, 1976 the wedding of Prince Bertil of Sweden and Lilian



https://royalwatcherblog.com/2018/12...e-bertil-1976/


Prince Bertil Gustaf Oskar Carl Eugén was born in 1912. He was the 4th of 5 children of CP Gustaf Adolph (future Gustaf VI) and Princess Margaret of Connaught. He was the Uncle of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Margrethe of Denmark. His eldest brother died in 1947 leaving his infant son as second in line for the throne. Bertil's grandfather died in 1950 and his father ascended the throne, making the four year old Carl Gustaf first in line.

Lilian Davies had grown up in Wales. She was married to Scottish actor Ivan Craig at the time she met Prince Bertil. They divorced in 1947.


Bertil and Lilian were in love and wished to marry. But Bertil was second in line for the throne. Both his brother Sigvard and Carl Johan had given up their rights to succession when they married commoners. Bertil knew there was a chance he would be called to be regent for his nephew, and if he married Lilian he could not serve. The couple lived discreetly for 30 years.


He was never required to serve as regent as his father lived to see Carl Gustaf come of age. His father died in 1973 but at that point Carl Gustaf was 27.



The couple's love and loyalty were rewarded during the reign of his nephew. Having chosen to marry a commoner himself, Carl Gustaf gave permission for his Uncle to marry his long time love. Until the birth of Carl Philip, Bertil remained the only heir to his nephew. When the succession laws were changed to introduce equal primogeniture but limited to the heirs of CG and Silvia, an exception was made to allow Bertil to remain in line of succession.


The couple never had children but were extremely close to his nephew and his nephew's children until they died.

They were married in the chapel of Drottingham palace, he 64 and she 61. The couple were married for 20 years, her husband dying January 5, 1997.


Lilian would die 16 years later in 2013. The family had been preparing for Madeleine's wedding but came to be with her for her last days. The Swedish and Danish royals as well as Princess Astrid of Norway and Rodger Moore who had been a friend, attended her funeral.





The couple shared two homes. Their main home in Sweden was Villa Sollbachen which was left by Bertil to Carl Philip though not until after Lilian died. It is now home to him and his family.


https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_...acken_2015.jpg


The other was Villa Mirage. It is the home in France the RF often spends summers in. Bertil bought it during the 30 years before they could marry, as a retreat for him and Lilian.

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Such a shame that they had to wait so long to get married ,what a wonderful royal couple.
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December 8, 1907 death of Oscar II of Sweden.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...photo=56666652

Oscar Fredrik was born in Stockholm January 21, 1829. He was born during the reign of his grandfather, Charles XIV (born Jean Baptiste Bernadotte). His father CP Oscar was born Joseph Bernadotte in Paris, a godson of Napoleon. His mother Josephine of Leuchtenberg was a paternal granddaughter of Empress Josephine. Oscar was the third born child and son, of 5. With two older brothers Charles and Gustaf he would never have been expected to see the throne.

At the age of 11 Oscar entered the royal navy. He would later study at Uppsala University where he excelled in math. He was artistic and published works of his poetry and songs. As well as doing translations.

Oscar's father died in 1859. When his eldest brother became Charles XV Oscar found himself as heir to the throne. Charles and his wife Louise of the Netherlands had only had 2 children. Though their daughter Louise would go on to marry Frederick VIII of Denmark (mother of Christian X of Denmark and Haakon VII of Norway) the couple's only son had died in 1854 at age 2. The second brother Gustaf had died from typhoid in 1852 and since he had never been married or had a son (he died at 25) that left Oscar next in line.


September 1872 he became king of Sweden and Norway with the death of his brother. Though he spent most of his time in Sweden, he did make an effort to learn Norwegian.


He continued in his passion for the arts and sciences as king. He sponsored a number of Arctic expeditions. He also commisioned the Swedish Opera house.


In 1905 the union between Norway and Sweden ended. Oscar refused to allow any prince of his family to take the throne. It would pass instead to his great nephew Carl of Denmark, the grandson of his brother Charles.


He died in Stockholm.



https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...hoto=149953216


He was married in 1857 2 years prior to becoming heir to the throne (though he was already 2nd in line at the time as his nephew and older brother were dead). His bride was Sophia of Nassau. Sophia was a daughter of Wilhelm, Duke of Nassau and Princess Pauline of Wurttemberg. She was a younger half sister of Adolph, Grand Duke of Luxembourg among others.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...photo=76337999

The couple had four sons:

-Gustaf: succeeded his father as Gustaf V of Sweden. Married Victoria of Baden with whom he had three sons. Gustaf would live to see the birth of his great grandson the current King Carl Gustaf.

A christening photo of Oscar's great-great grandson Carl Gustaf with Oscar's son, grandson and great grandson.

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-Oscar: originally Duke of Gotland. But when he married his sister in law's lady in waiting Ebba he lost his place in succession. He became Prince Bernadotte. His maternal Uncle GD Adolphe gave them the title Count and Countess of Wisborg in Luxembourg. They had five children, youngest of whom was Folke Bernadotte. CP Victoria named her daughter Estelle in honor of Folke's wife.

-Carl: duke of Vastergotland. He married Princess Ingeborg of Denmark. They had four children. He is the great-grandfather of King Philippe of Belgium and GD Henri of Luxembourg (his daughter Queen Astrid of Belgium) and grandfather of Harald V (his daughter CP Martha of Norway). His daughter Margarethe married Prince Axel of Denmark and her elder son married a niece of Elizabeth, the Queen Mum.

-Eugen- Duke of Narke. Painter and art collector. The only son who never married though he lived to 82.


His widow outlived him by 6 years, dying December 30, 1913. Sophia held the record for the longest servng queen of Sweden until 2011 when Silvia surpassed her.
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Oskar II was also the last Swedish Monarch to be crowned

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On this day, December 13, 1533 ~ Birth of King Eric XIV of Sweden at Stockholm Castle in Stockholm, Sweden
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December 18, 1626 birth of Queen Christina of Sweden.

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She was born at Tre Konor Castle. Her father was King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. Her mother was Maria Eleanora of Brandenburg. She was her parents only child. She had an older half-brother Gustav of Vasaborg who was ten years older, but he was her father's son by a mistress. There had been three previous pregnancies for her mother but two were stillborn and one daughter who died in infancy. Despite wishing for a male heir, her father seemed quite pleased with his new daughter and was reportedly very close to her.

At the time of her birth Christina was the soul heir to the Swedish throne. Sweden denied succession rights to the heirs of any deposed princes, so the lines of both Erix XIV and Sigismund III were eliminated. Her father's brothers were dead, the last dying in 1622. And his sister Catherine had removed herself as heir in 1615 when she married a non-Lutheran.

When her father left to fight in the 30 years war he secured Christina's right to the throne. Sadly her father would not make it back, dying on the battle field in 1636 when she was six. Her mother who may have been mentally unstable prior to his death, went mad with the loss. She refused to allow him to be buried until she could be buried with him. She visited his body as it decayed, until the minister left as Christina's marshal stepped in and had her blocked from entering. It took 18 months for his body to finally be buried.


Christina's mother who had never shown any interest in her before, suddenly tried to take control of her daughter. Her husband had ensured though that his daughter would be taken care of. Her mother was sent to Gripsholm castle and she was placed into the care of her aunt Catherine of Sweden. Her father's illegitamite half-brother Carl Gyllenhielm had been named as regent by his brother in case he died.

Christina thrived in the care of her aunt but sadly Catherine died 3 years later. After that a foster mother was appointed (she had four over time) but she never had any attachment to any of them.

She was educated as a man would have been. She studied religion, philosophy, Greek and Latin. Along with politics she seemed to have become fluent in eight languages (including her native Swedish).

In 1644 she was declared an adult and came to the throne in her own right. In 1649 she sought to reduce the power of Axel Oxenstierna (her marshal turned chancellor after her father died). She had the help of her Uncle John Casimir, the widow of her beloved Aunt Catherine. She recognized his son Charles as her successor to the throne. The nobles were against it but the other estates had supported her choice. She had decided she would take the example of Elizabeth I and not get married.

In February 1654 she announced her plans to abdicate the throne. She was planning on converting to Catholocism. Her popularity had been suffering for some time. She abdicated in favor of her cousin and chosen heir in June of that year at Uppsala Castle. Her cousin became Charles X Gustav.


She had shipped most of her things abroad, and left dressed as a man to ride safely through Denmark. She settled in the Netherlands for a time where she was visited by many including the Prince of Condi. She converted to catholocism finally int he chapel of her friend Archduke Leopold Wilhelm. Her conversion was not made public as she feared the Swedish counsel would stop paying her an allimony if they learned of it.

She eventually headed for Italy where she settled in the Palazzo Farnese which was a home of the Duke of Parma. Unfortunately for her the Swedes learned of her conversion and confiscated all of her revenue as she had feared.

She spent some years visiting France where she was at first welcomed by Louis XIV and his mother but eventually Anne grew tired of her. She returned to Rome in 1658. She no longer had the popularity she had her first time in Italy as her closest ally had been executed, and the pope would no longer receive her. She made Palazzo Corsini her home and it remained her home for the remainder of her life.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palazzo_Corsini,_Rome

She returned home to Sweden in 1660 for a short time after the death of her cousin when his five year old son succeeded the throne. She returned home in 1662 but headed back to Sweden in 1666 but was told she could only go as far as Swedish Pomerania. She ended up settling in Hamburg for a time. When the old Pope died, he was replaced by another of her good friends, Clement IX. She threw a huge party in celebration in Hamburg. When she returned home to Rome for the last time in 1668 the new pope was often a guest in her house.


Christina remained a patron of the arts her entire life. Her support for the theater which saw opposition from future popes after Clement, brought her into some conflict. She often had plays in her home, and even allowed women to act in them. She was extremely tolerant of other views religiously.


In February 1689 the 62 year old feel severely ill and received last rites. She recovered. But in April she contracted Erysipelas and pnemonia. She sent a request to the pope asking for forgiveness before her death. She died in her palazzo April 19, 1689 in the morning.


Christina had wished for a simple burial but the pope insisted she be buried with the honors of a queen. She was on display for four days. She was one of the only three women buried ever in the Grotte Vaticane.




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The Tomb of Queen Christina of Sweden - Vatican Grottoes
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On this day, December 20, 1537 ~ Birth of King Johan III of Sweden at Stegeborg Castle
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December 30, 1913 death of Sophia of Nassau, Queen of Sweden.

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Sophia Wilhelmine Marianne Henriette was born July 9, 1836 in Biebrich palace in Hesse.Her father was Wilhelm, Duke of Nassau. Her father was married twice. Her mother was her father's second wife Princess Pauline of Württemberg . Sophia was the youngest of her father's children. Her father had 12 children, 8 from his first wife Louise of Sax-Altenburg and 4 from Pauline. 7 of them reached adulthood, 4 from Louise and 3 from Pauline. Her older half brother became Grand Duke of Luxembourg (Adolphe). Her nieces included Queen Elisabeth of Romania (daughter of her half-sister Marie) and Queen Emma of the Netherlands (daughter of her only full sister Helena).

Her father died when she was only 3 years old, and was succeeded by Adolphe.

She was unique for a woman of her time trained in fencing to help with her posture. She was well educated for women of her time, surrounded by academics and artists at court. She learned English from a young age and had an upbringing comparable more to a Victorian household. She was said to have been intellectual and serious with an interest in languages and history.

She spent a winter with her mother at the Russian imperial court. Her mother wished for her to have an education at life at such an important court. Her Aunt Charlotte was married to Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich, so they were guests of her Aunt and Uncle. Her mother did not seek a husband for her there as she didnt wish for her daughter to convert. They left with the outbreak of the Crimean war.

Her mother died in 1856. At that time the 20 year old was sent to live with her half sister Marie who was a Princess of Wied by marriage.


It was in July of that year when a guest of Marie and her husband at their summer residence that she was introduced to Prince Oscar of Sweden. The 27 year old was the third son of Oscar I of Sweden. He was the 2nd eldest living son, as his elder brother Prince Gustaf had died in 1852. His brother Charles was married to Louise of the Netherlands but their only son had died in 1852. On the death of his older brother and nephew, Oscar was the future heir to the throne when Charles succeeded. And he needed a suitable bride.


Sophia and Oscar did not have an arranged marriage. They both seemingly had freedom of choice in who they wed. She had turned down previous offers. He had been sent to various courts to meet princesses and find a bride. He had turned down Princess Mary of Cambridge.


Oscar returned home to Sweden to seek the permission of his parents. With their permission in hand he returned to Wied to propose to Sophia. The engagement was announced in October of that year. In preparation for their marriage Sophia started learning Swedish and Norwegian, both which she mastered quickly, and the history.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia...llkommande.jpg


The couple were married June 6, 1857 in Hesse. Sophia would arrive in her new country June 19 with her husband into Stockholm. She was welcomed warmly by the people who were anxious for an heir as Louise was sterile and only had a daughter. Her father in law died in 1859 and her brother in law assumed the throne as Charles XV. The couple were given Arvfurstens palats as their residence at this time. In 1864 they started building Sofiero palace as their summer residence, which was named in her honor.

Charles died in 1872 and her and her husband came to the throne of Sweden. They were crowned May 12 1873 in Sweden and in June in Norway. There was hopes that Sophia who was intelligent and insightful unlike her husband, would have some influence over him.

Sophia was passionate about her work in medical care improvements. She event was a guest of Queen Victoria when she visited the UK in hopes to learn from the work of Florence Nightengale. She saw to the creation of the Sophiahemmet to promote the training of women as nurses. And to raise the importance of nursing in their society. Women of all classes were educated there and were expected to do all roles including cleaning.

She was quite liberal and democratic. When in Norway she would invite the spouses of politicians to meet with her, creating a network. She had a great deal of influence over her husband and his policies.

Her husband died in 1907. She no longer had any political influence but she kept up to date on information. She spent the last years of life traveling as well as involved in her charity work.

Her last event was over seeing the graduating class of her nursing program, in which her granddaughter Maria Bernadotte was a graduate.

She died at the royal palace in Stockholm at the age of 77.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...etta_of_nassau



She bore her husband four sons:

-Gustaf: succeeded his father as Gustaf V. (great-grandfather of Carl Gustaf). Married Victoria of Baden with whom he had three sons.

-Oscar: originally Duke of Gotland. Gave up his place when he married his wife Ebba with whom he had five children (including Count Folke and the granddaughter Maria who graduated from her nursing program). Made Count and Countess of Wisborg by Sophia's brother Adolphe.

-Carl: Duke of Vastergotland. Married Princess Ingeborg of Denmark with whom he had four children. He was the father of CP Martha of Norway and Queen Astrid of Belgium.

-Eugen: Duke of Narke. He was an artist who never married.
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The 50th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Sophia and King Oscar II occurred in 1907.

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