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Marengo 11-11-2007 07:07 AM

Prince Oscar (1859-1953), Countess Ebba and Family (incl. Count Folke)
Prince Oscar Carl August of Sweden, Duke of Gotland, renounced his rights and was granted the title Pincer Bernadotte, and was created Count af Wisborg on 2 April 1892 (Drottningholm, 15 November 1859 - Stockholm 4 October 1953); married in Bournemouth on 15 March 1888 Ebba Henrietta Munck af Fulkila (Jönköping, 15 March 1858 - Stockholm, 16 October 1946)

Children: Countess Maria; Count Carl; Countess Sophia; Countess Elsa and Count Folke af Wisborg

Parents Oscar: King Oscar II of Sweden & Norway and Princess Sophia of Nassau

Parents Ebba: Colonel Carl Jacob Munck af Filkila and Henrietta Cederström, Baroness Cederström

Siblings Oscar: King Gustav of Sweden; Prince Carl of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland and prince Eugen of Sweden, Duke of Nerike

Oscar & Ebba:

Marengo 01-18-2008 10:49 AM

Prince Oscar & Countess Ebba; from this wikipedia page:


Oscar Carl August Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (15 November 1859 - 4 October 1953) was the second son of King Oscar II of Sweden and Sofia of Nassau. He was born Prince Oscar, Duke of Gotland. Prince Oscar's marriage to Ebba Henrietta Munck af Fulkila on March 15, 1888, which had not been given consent by the King, lost him the rights of succession to the Swedish throne and his title. He was, however, invested with the new title Prince Bernadotte. On April 2, 1892, he was given the hereditary title Count of Wisborg by his uncle Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, who was previously Duke of Nassau.
Oscar and Ebba had five children, the youngest of whom was (later) Count Folke Bernadotte. In order of age, their children were Maria, Carl, Sofia, Tess, and Folke.
The children are listed in the posts below more specifically.


Countess Ebba:

Marengo 01-18-2008 10:50 AM

1) Maria Sophie Henrietta Bernadotte, Countess af Wisborg (Karlskrona 28 February 1889-Stockholm 19 June 1974)

Marengo 01-18-2008 10:50 AM

2) Carl Oscar Bernadotte, Count af Wisborg (Karlskrona, 27 may 1890 - Grödinge, 23 april 1977); son of Prince Oscar and Ebba Munck af Fulkila.

He married on 15 March 1915 in Kolback to baroness Marianne De Geer af Leufsta (6 october 1893-31 july 1978); the couple divorced on 20 March 1935. Carl and Marianne had the following children:

- Dagmar Bernadotte (10 april 1916)
- Nils Bernadotte (9 february 1918-21 april 1920)
- Oskar Bernadotte (12 juli 1921)
- Catharina Bernadotte (14 april 1926)

He married secondly in Stockholm on 20 April 1937 to Gerty Börjesson (30 october 1910 - 17 november 2004); the couple had one son:

- Claes Bernadotte (17 juli 1942)

Marengo 01-18-2008 10:51 AM

3) Ebba Sophia Bernadotte, Countess af Wisborg, (Karlskrona, 17 may 1892 - 21 june 1936). She was the second daughter of prince Oscar and Ebba Munck. On 14 May 1917 she married 'friherre' Carl-Mårten Fleetwood.

Marengo 01-18-2008 10:51 AM

4) Elsa Cedergren, born countess Bernadotte af Wisborg (Stockholm, 3 august 1893 - Bromma 17 july 1996). She worked for the Swedish YMCA (KFUK) since 1925 and was vicepresident from 1938 to 1951. In 1929 she married Hugo Cedergren. She became the eldest member of the Swedish Royal Family, as she died when she was 102 years, 11 months and 14 days. She is burried at the Norra cemetery.

Marengo 01-18-2008 10:52 AM

5) Folke Bernadotte

from this wikipedia site:


Folke Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (2 January 1895 – 17 September 1948), was a Swedish diplomat noted for his negotiation of the release of about 15,000 prisoners from German concentration camps during World War II. In 1945, he received a German surrender offer from Heinrich Himmler, though the offer was ultimately rejected.
After the war, Bernadotte was unanimously chosen by the victorious powers to be the United Nations Security Council mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1947-1948. He was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1948 by members of the underground Zionist terrorist group Lehi while pursuing his official duties.

Early life
Folke Bernadotte was the son of Oscar Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (formerly Prince Oscar of Sweden) and his wife, née Ebba Henrietta Munck af Fulkila. Bernadotte's grandfather was King Oscar II of Sweden. Oscar married without the King's consent in 1888, however, thereby leaving the royal family, and was in 1892 given the hereditary title Count of Wisborg by his uncle, Adolphe I, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
Bernadotte attended school in Stockholm, after which he entered training to become a cavalry officer at the military school of Karlberg. He took the officers exam in 1915, and became a lieutenant in 1918, subsequently moving up to the rank of Major.

Marriage and children
On 1 December 1928 he married Estelle Manville of Pleasantville, New York (1904-1984), a wealthy American heiress whom he had met in the French Riviera. They had four sons: Gustaf (b. 1930), Folke (b. 1931), Frederik (b. 1934) and Bertil (b. 1935).

Early career
Following his marriage, Bernadotte represented Sweden in 1933 at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition, and later served as Swedish commissioner general at the New York World's Fair in 1939-40. Bernadotte had long been involved with the Swedish Boy Scouts (Sveriges Scoutförbund), and took over as director of the organization in 1937. At the outbreak of World War II, Bernadotte worked to integrate the scouts into Sweden's defense plan, training them in anti-aircraft work and as medical assistants. Bernadotte was appointed vice chairman of the Swedish Red Cross in 1943.

World War II
While vice-president of the Swedish Red Cross in 1945, Bernadotte attempted to negotiate an armistice between Germany and the Allies. At the very end of the war, he received Heinrich Himmler's offer of Germany's complete surrender to Britain and the United States, provided Germany was allowed to continue resistance against the Soviet Union. The offer was passed to Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Harry S. Truman, but never accepted.
Just before the end of the war, he led a rescue operation transporting interned Norwegians, Danes and other western European inmates from German concentration camps to hospitals in Sweden. Around 15,000 people were taken to safety in the "White Buses" of the Bernadotte expedition, including between 6,500 and 11,000 Jews.
In April 1945, Himmler asked Bernadotte to convey a peace proposal to Eisenhower without the knowledge of Hitler. The main point of the proposal was that Germany would surrender to the Western Allies only, thus isolating the Soviets. According to Bernadotte, he told Himmler that the proposal had no chance of acceptance, but nevertheless he passed it on to the Swedish government. It had no lasting effect.
Read the entire article here.

Marengo 07-08-2008 07:16 PM

From this article; on the wedding of Oscar and Ebba:


1888: "Warm and Incere Congratulations from the People of Sweden to the Young Prince and His Bride!"
The engagement between prince Oscar, second son of king Oscar II, and the noble Ebba Munck, lady-in-waiting to crown princess Victoria, caused some turmoil in Swedish high society. Male members of the royal house were not allowed to marry beneath their rank, and Ebba Munck was considered "a woman of the people", in spite of her noble lineage. In order for this marriage to be possible at all, prince Oscar had to produce a formal, written request to the king (his father), asking for permission to marry the woman he loved and to denounce his right to the throne along with his royal titles and privileges. This letter, as well as the king’s formal letter of consent, was printed verbatim in the press, where also a considerable interest in the future legal position of the prince was apparent.
The formal and social difficulties hindering the union of prince Oscar and Ebba Munck endowed the wedding reports with an unmistakably romantic flavour, reminiscent of old folk tales about pure-hearted princes falling in love with beautiful but poor girls:
…one of the fair maidens of the court…has won a King’s son…in spite of prejudice and paragraphs she won as her husband the man her heart has chosen…her gentle being…her warm and full heart…she, whose beauty, amiability and other characteristics have attracted a prince’s attention and captured his heart…does well deserve the happiness bestowed upon her…
…a member of the Swedish royal house…the young prince…has given up the velvet cloak and the princely crown…has declined the prospect of glory and power…generally admired and loved for his modest personality and his humane openness…on his way to win a lasting popularity…
The wedding ceremony in St Stephen’s church, Bournemouth, was described in vivid detail in the daily papers as well as in the weekly magazine. Additionally, the magazine presented an exclusive woodcut depicting the ceremony in the choir.
The readers are clearly imagined as royal subjects, with somewhat subordinate positions on the social ladder. Being but vaguely gendered in the daily press, they are explicitly addressed as women in the magazine. A considerable part of the reporting in the dailies consists of the rendering of telegrams sent to the newly-weds from different educational and military associations or organisations all over Sweden, which supposedly serves an integrative function across regions and social positions, and actively includes the male population in the tributes. The inclusive mode unites the papers and the people in heartfelt exclamations such as that in the section title, "warm and sincere congratulations from the people of Sweden to the
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young prince and his bride", or "we are convinced that all our female readers join us in cordially wishing the newly engaged couple good luck".
Oscar & Ebba:

jtz 03-10-2009 06:09 PM

what was count carl oskar' s job?

padonald 03-21-2012 11:56 PM

My family has carried this photo for over 130 years. Can someone confirm that this is King Oskar? With thanks, Patricia

padonald 03-22-2012 12:07 AM

Meraude 03-26-2012 03:10 AM


Originally Posted by padonald (Post 1390164)

It could of course be Oscar II, but I think it looks more like his older brother king Karl XV: Charles XV of Sweden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

LadyFinn 03-18-2013 04:05 PM

Countess Ebba, postcard

Meraude 03-18-2013 06:56 PM


Originally Posted by jtz (Post 905975)
what was count carl oskar' s job?

Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg had a career in the Swedish navy for 25 years, he became a vice admiral in 1903. He was also active in different religious and social welfare organizations, he and his wife were deeply religious and active in the evangelical movement in Sweden.

LadyFinn 05-15-2015 07:08 AM

Article about count Folke in Newsweek yesterday
The Swedish Schindler_ How Count Bernadotte saved thousands of Jews from death

LadyFinn 07-27-2016 12:56 PM

Interesting two part documentary of count Folke Bernadotte (it was just shown at finnish TV).
Killing the Count - White buses - Al Jazeera Video
Killing the Count - Mediation and Assassination - Al Jazeera Video

CyrilVladisla 03-07-2018 04:59 PM

Count Folke and his family on the island of Rhodes during the Greek civil war.

The Countess and Count Folke with their new-born son Gustaf.

LadyFinn 09-17-2018 02:33 PM

Count Folke Bernadotte was assassinated on this day 70 years ago.

The Folke Bernadotte Academy has honoured his memory by laying flowers to his bust in Stockholm.

LadyFinn 08-24-2019 01:36 AM

About count Folke Bernadotte's grave and life

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