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Josefine 03-01-2003 04:50 PM

Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1908-1972) - King Carl XVI Gustaf's Mother
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Princess Sibylla (Sibylla Calma Marie Alice Wettin) of Saxe-Coburg Gotha was born in 1908. Her parents were Prince Leopold (Leopold Charles Edward Wettin), Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1884- ). The Prince was a grandson of Queen Victoria. His father was Prince Leopold. Her father did not fare well in World War I. He abdicated as Duke of Saxe-Coburg at the end of te War in 1918. His British titles (Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence, and Baron Arklow were removed in 1919. Princess Sibylla's mother was Princess Schleswig-Holste Victoria Adelheid (1885- ). Princess Sibylla married Swedish Crown Prince Gustav Adolf (1906-47), the eldest son of future King Gustav VI and Princess Margaret Victoria Wettin (1882-1920). They were married in Coburg in 1932. The Crown Princess is seen here in a World War II era uniform (figure 1). They had five children: Margaretha Dérirée (1934- ), Birgitta Ingeborg (1937- ), Désirée Elizabeth (1938- ), Christina Louise Helen (1943- ), and Carl Gustav (1946- ). Gustav Adolf died in 1947 in a tragic airplane crash at the Copenhagen airport before his father assumed the throne. His son Carl Gustaf became Crown Prince when his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf, acceded to the throne in 1950. Heinherited the throne when his grandfather died in 1973. The Riksdag in 1965 raised to 25 the age at which a king could begin his rule, and in 1971 it enacted legislation, effective at Gustav's death in 1973, stripping the monarchy of its most important political functions. The crown prince acceded to the largely ceremonial throne as Carl XVI Gustaf. He chose as his motto, "For Sweden in keeping with the times". The new king chose this motto to stress his desire to meet with the demands on a modern monarch.

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Josefine 03-01-2003 04:51 PM

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Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla
Original caption: Europe's Newest Royal Honeymooners. Coburg, Bavaria, Germany: Prince Gustaf Adolf, grandson of the King of Sweden, and his bride,Princess Sybilla von Coburg-Gotha, enjoying a stroll during their honeymoon here shortly after their marriage. The marriage marked the first royal nuptials to be held in Republican Germany. The couple are shown in the castle garden. October 27, 1932.

Josefine 03-01-2003 04:52 PM

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Princess Sibylle and Prince Gustav Adolf
Prince Gustav Adolf is the grandson of the King of Sweden.

Date Photographed October 19, 1932
Location Information Coburg, Bavaria, Germany

Josefine 03-01-2003 05:02 PM

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Swedish Royals at Outdoor Event
Original caption: Pretty Little Swedish Princess Carries Out First Official Duty. Preparing for the many official duties she will have to carry out when she gets older, pretty little Princess Margaretha, daughter of Prince Gustav Adolf and Princess Sibylla of Sweden, carried out her first official task when she presented the prizes at the Children's Day Flower Contest at the Skanson park. She was accompanied by her parents and her little sister. Prince Gustav and Princess Sibylla (on front bench) with their youngest daugher, and seated beside them Princess Margaretha and Birgitta. The latter is the daughter of Mr. Lennart Bernadotte, "Commander in Chief" of the Children's Day, who is seen behind. May 9, 1938.

Josefine 06-23-2003 04:20 AM

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Prince Carl Gustav with His Mother Princess Sybilla

Josefine 06-23-2003 04:21 AM

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Original caption: Quartette of Swedish Royal Beauties. Stockholm, Sweden: Princess Sibylla of Sweden, who will celebrate her 50th birthday tomorrow, January 18, poses with her three beautiful daughters, none of which is yet married, in the robes of their royalty. From left are Princess Margareta, Princess Sibylla, Princess Birgitta, and Princess Desiree. January 17, 1958.

Josefine 07-09-2003 02:44 PM

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Josefine 07-09-2003 02:46 PM

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Josefine 09-10-2003 06:15 PM

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Prinsessan Sibylla med sina barn, prinsessan Desirée, prinsessan Margaretha, prinsessan Birgitta och prinsessan Christina 1944

Josefine 09-10-2003 06:33 PM

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Prinsessan Birgitta, prinsessan Desirée, prinsessan Christina, prins Carl Gustaf och prinsessan Sibylla på båtfärd med flytvästar, 1950-tal

Josefine 09-10-2003 06:42 PM

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Prinsessan Sibylla med barnbarnen James Ambler, Edward Ambler, Carl Silfverschiöld, Sybilla Ambler och Tina Silfverschiöld 1970-tal

Josefine 09-10-2003 06:43 PM

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Prinsessan Sibylla och prinsessan Christina 1966

Helen88 04-19-2004 12:05 PM

I once heard that Sibylla never learned to speak Swedish and the Swedish people didn´t like a very much. Is that true?

Dennism 04-19-2004 01:53 PM

A beautiful woman. In several photos, she has reminded me of Madeleine.

Dennism 04-28-2004 02:20 PM

Here is a photo with her and the King himself from circa 1949:


Josefine 09-15-2004 11:23 AM

what year and ate did the princess die
was she once a crown princess then when her husband died she became a princess

irishchic5 09-15-2004 07:29 PM


Originally Posted by Josefine
was she once a crown princess then when her husband died she became a princess

I'm pretty sure her husband died before he was ever Crown Prince, so she was never a Crown Princess either.

Josefine 09-19-2004 04:03 AM

I saw now that he was a prince in a article, thank you

does anyone know what date she was born

Josefine 02-05-2005 05:46 PM

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GrandDuchess 03-08-2005 08:48 AM

Sibylla Calma Marie Alice Bathildis Feodora, Princess of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Duchess of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, was born on 18 January 1908 at the Friedenstein Palace in Gotha.

She was the daughter of Charles Edward George Albert Leopold Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Duke of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence, Baron Arklow, and Viktoria Adelheid Helene Luise Marie Friedrike, Princess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksborg.

Sibylla married Gustaf Adolf Oscar Fredrik Arthur Edmund, Prince of Sweden, in a civil wedding on 19 October 1932 in Coburg and a religious wedding on 20 October 1932 in Coburg.

Princess Sibylla died in Stockholm on 28 November 1972.

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