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Old 12-30-2020, 09:39 AM
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Sophia of Nassau was one of the longest serving Swedish Queen Consorts, over 35 years and that milestone was surpassed by Queen Silvia in 2011.
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January 1, 1516 birth of Margaret Leijonhufvud, consort of Gustav I.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margar...um_-_15104.tif

Margaret was a member of one of the most powerful noble families in Sweden. Her father was a victim of the Stockholm Bloodbath in 1520, when the new king Christian II executed over 100 people on his visit to the city. Her mother was Ebba Eriksdotter Vasa. Ebba's father was first cousins with Erik Vasa, making Ebba second cousins of her future son in law.

They were fortunate that her father had placed her and her mother and siblings for safety at Västerås Abbey before he had attended the coronation. As they were in sanctuary at the time, they were not taken prisoner and sent to Denmark as the families of others executed at the blood bath were. Ebba was even able to retain control of the family's estates which would normally have been confiscated when her husband was executed for heressy. She would have been educated like other noblewomen of her time in reading, writing, economics and math. She would have learned German. Little known of her childhood, she likely would have spent time in a convent for religious education as most women of her station did prior to marriage.

Her mother's cousin Gustav Vasa became king Gustav I in 1523. The blood bath that had led to the death of her father among 81 other nobles, led to Sweden's eventual leaving of the Kalmar union, and electing Gustav as king.

She could have likely have been a lady in waiting to Gustav's first wife Catherine, due to her position. Her sister Brita had married one of the king's favorite courtiers, and the royal couple was at her wedding.

Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg died in 1535. She had born her husband only one heir, a son Eric who was 2 when she died.

The king needed a new wife to provide him at least a spare to secure the throne. It was believed best his new wife be chosen from among the Swedish nobility to secure his throne. Margaret was chosen due to her family's power as well as her mother's relation to the king.

They were married October 1, 1536. The bride was 20 and the groom was 40. Ebba played a dominant role at court in those early years. And Margaret's brother in laws were all knighted and given positions at court. They attended important events and held some political sway as well.

Along with running the royal household, she over saw the estates that she had been given.


Margaret had a good amount of influence on her husband. And was said to be a good influence, she calmed his temperment. She helped get leniency and mercy for many people who came before her husband.She gained political roles from her husband including correspondence with the French court through the sister of the French king (her brother in law was ambassador to the court). She over saw a number of the royal estates as well.


In August 1551 she took a boat excursion with her children and sadly would come down with pneumonia. Her health was never strong thanks to her constant pregnancies during her marriage. Her death at Tynnelsö Castle is said to have devastated her husband.

She is buried at Uppsala cathedral. She is buried with her husband and all 3 of his wives. She is one of those included on the tomb with him.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...w-photo=715172

Her husband would marry for a third time to Katarina Stenbock in 1552. He would die 8 years later and be succeeded by his son Eric from his first wife Catherine, who was Eric XIV. He had no children with Katarina.


She bore her husband 10 children. All but 2 sons made it to adulthood:


-John: deposed his older half brother and became John III. He married twice, Catherine Jagellonica of Poland and later Gunilla Bielke. He had 3 children with Catherine and one son with Gunilla (as well as children with his mistress). His eldest son became Sigismund III.

-Catherine: married Edzard II, Count of East Frisia. They had 10 children.

-Cecelia: She married Christopher II, Margrave of Baden-Rodemachern and had six children together. She also bore a daughter four years after being widowed, who was sent to a convent. Through their son Edward they are the ancestors of they are the ancestors of Elizabeth II, Juan Carlos, Wilhelm Alexander and many others.

-Magnus: Duke of Ostergotland. He never married but he had three known daughters from three different women.

-Karl: died in infancy

-Anna: married George John I, Count Palatine of Veldenz.She had 11 children with her husband. She served as regent for a time after her husband died.

-Sten: died in infancy

-Sophia: Married Magnus II, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg. Magnus was a brutal mercenary who abused his wife and spent her fortune. He was eventually exiled by her brother and her lands placed in her name alone, and custody of their one child Gustav granted to her.

-Elizabeth: married Christopher, Duke of Mecklenburg. They only had one daughter Margaret.

-Charles: succeeded the throne as Charles IX of Sweden. He succeeded the throne after his nephew Sigismund was forced to abdicate. He married twice, first to Anna Marie of Palatinate-Simmern and later Christina of Holstein-Gottorp. He had six children with his first wife but the only one to survive past five was a daughter Catherine. He had four children with Christina, the youngest three who made it to adulthood. He was succeeded by his eldest son by Christina Gustav II Adolph.
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January 2, 1895 birth of Count Folke Bernadotte.

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Folke was born in Stockholm. His father was Prince Oscar Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg. His father was the second son of Oscar II and Sophie of Nassau, and younger brother of Gustaf V. His mother Ebba Munck was a member of the Swedish nobility. Ebba had been lady in waiting to Victoria of Baden and had met Oscar when Victoria visited him in Amsterdam. Due to marrying without his father's permission, Oscar had lost his place in succession and his royal titles. His parents married in England with his mother, two younger brothers, cousin CP Louise of Denmark. His parents were given the title Prince and Princess Bernadotte. They gained a hereditary title Count and Countess of Wisborg from Folke's great Uncle GD Adolphe of Luxembourg (his grandmother Sophia's older half brother) who created the titles in Luxembourg.

Folke was the youngest of five children. He had three sisters and a brother. Folke attended the military academy to join the calvary when he finished school, being commisioned as a lieutenant in 1918 and eventually a major.

Folke was involved for many years with the Boy Scouts. He helped to get them involved with the defense project during WWII.

Folke was appointed vice chairman of the Swedish Red cross in 1943. From 1943-1944 he over saw the prisoner exchanges which saw 11,000 prisoners brought back from Germany. He took several missions himself into Germany with the red cross. He even met with Heimler to try and negotiate German's surrender though the offer was not accepted.

In 1945 he was involved in a program known as White buses. It was an attempt to free Scandinavian as well as other western European prisoners from German concentration camps. He went to Germany and he helped to see to the safe release of 15,000 POWs. All in all 31,000 prisoners, 10,000 of whom were after the fall of Germany, were freed thanks to the program. It was known because the vans who took the prisoners out were painted white except for the red cross on them, so not to be mistaken for military transport.


May 20, 1948 Folke was named UN mediator in Palestine. The mission was created due to the violence that arose after Israel's independence. He achieved some initial peace during the 1948 war.

Sadly September 17 1948 Folke was assassinated. He was killed by armed members of the Zionist group Stern Group.



He had a state funeral back home in Stockholm. He was burried in his father's family tomb.




Folke had been married in 1928 in New York to Estelle Manville. Estelle's father was a rich industrialist who was one of the founders of Johns Manville. It is said that Folke's uncle Gustaf V was the one who introduced the couple. Prince Gustaf Adolf would serve as his best man and Prince Sigvard was marshal. Estelle would wear Queen Sophia's veil.

The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Tiara Tuesday: Countess Estelle Bernadotte's Bridal Crown (Plus, Other Tiara Sightings)

Folke and Estelle had four sons together. Sadly Folke would never live to see the birth of any of his grandchildren. He and his wife have 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Estelle (who was a namesake for Princess Estelle) would remarry to Carl Erik Sixten Ekstrand in 1973. Estelle died in 1984, outlived by only 2 of her sons, and by her second husband.
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January 5, 1997 death of Prince Bertil of Sweden.

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A sweet picture with his mother

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Prince Bertil Gustaf Oskar Carl Eugén was the forth child and third son of Gustaf VI Adolf and Princess Margaret of Connaught. He had one younger brother. His siblings included Queen Ingrid of Denmark and Prince Gustaf Adolf, father of Carl Gustaf. He was born February 28, 1912 in Stockholm.

He was born during the reign of his grandfather Gustaf V who would remain on the throne until 1950. His two eldest brothers were born in the last years of their great-grandfather's reign as Oscar II died in 1907.

His eldest brother died in 1947 leaving his infant son as heir to the throne. Bertil's second brother Sigvard had already given up his place in succession in 1934 on his marriage without permission. As had his younger brother Carl John in 1946. Bertil knew that there was a chance he may need to serve as regent for his young nephew and had to remain in succession. It ended up not being needed as his own father lived until 1973, at which point Carl Gustaf was 27.

During WWII Bertil served as a naval attache to the embassy in London.


He met his wife Lillian Craig in 1943. The couple finally married in 1976. During that time he was suggested as a possible husband for other royals including Princess Margaret.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/48/26...4c46757a0e.jpg

https://royalcouples.tumblr.com/image/173835260484

The couple would have no children but they were very close to the king's children. He served as godfather and one of the name sakes of Prince Carl Philip who he was second in line to the throne behind until the change in succession. When succession was changed, Bertil should have lost his right to the throne as it was limited to the children of his nephew but a special ammendment was made to allow Bertil to retain his place. He was 4th in line behind the king's children until his death.


Like his godson Bertil was passionate about sports and cars.

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He died at his home Villa Solbacken, now home to his godson and his family, at the age of 84. He was buried at the royal cemetary in Solna.

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Due to marrying without his father's permission, Oscar had lost his place in succession and his royal titles.
His father finally did grant permission for the marriage, but Oscar nonetheless lost his place in the succession and most of his royal titles owing to the Act of Succession, which at the time included a ban on unequal marriage. Whilst he lost the title Prince of Sweden and Norway, he was permitted to retain the personal title of Prince Oscar Bernadotte.
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His father finally did grant permission for the marriage, but Oscar nonetheless lost his place in the succession and most of his royal titles owing to the Act of Succession, which at the time included a ban on unequal marriage. Whilst he lost the title Prince of Sweden and Norway, he was permitted to retain the personal title of Prince Oscar Bernadotte.
He lived such a long life and sadly also the assassination of his son,Folke Bernadotte,Count of Wisborg in 1948.
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On this day, January 24, 1746 ~ Birth of King Gustav III of Sweden at the Wrangel Palace
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