Biographies of the Swedish Royal Family

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Nov 8, 2002
Could some one write a bio on
The King, Queen, Carl Philip and Lilian for starts…
This could be great for hose that are not that familiar with the Swedish royal family
Biographies of Carl Philip and Madeleine

If any one has some time over could you write a bio on Madeleine
It would be great
Full name: Madeleine Therése Amelie Josephine Bernadotte,
Titles: Princess of Sweden and Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Born: June 10th 1982 at Drottningholm Palace

Parents: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia
Siblings: Crownprincess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip

Home: Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm

Education: graduated at Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm in June 2001
In the autumn 2001 Madeleine studied English in London
During 2003 Madeleine took a course in art science at Stockholm University.

Hobbies: Horses. Her first horse was called Travolta. Now she
has two horses called Crizz and Pontiac. She also loves to shop and
spending time with her friends and family. Madeleine is also very
interested in design.

and some fun facts:

Madeleine likes the Spice Girls and once went to a Spice Girls concert together with her dad at the Globe arena in Stockholm.
-Madeleine is also a big fan of Eros Ramazotti. She met him after his concert at
the Globe arena in November 1998.
-Her friends call her ”Madde”.
-She performed as Mel B in the Spice Girls in 1998 at a horsecompetition at the Globe Arena
- She wants to be treated the same way as her friends and she hates when people
fawn on her.
- When she competes with her horse she calls herself ”Anna Svensson”.
- Madeleine loves to dance at parties with her friends.
- When Madeleine visited the Queens brother Ralf Sommerlath in Belgium in
august 1998 she watched ”Les Miserables” at Musical Theatre in Duisburg,
- Madeleine likes clothes and some of her favourites are Versace and Filippa K.
- She doesn’t like photographers and is very happy that she doesn’t have to be
- In April 1999 she visited a club in Gothenburg with some friends and partied all
night long.
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From the Royal Court's website (




Princess Lilian was born on August 30, 1915 in Swansea, Wales. She is daughter to William and Gladys Mary Davies, both now deceased.

Lilian Davies was married to the actor Ivan Craig for a few years. During the Second World War Mrs. Craig worked in a factory that produced radio sets for the British merchant navy. She also worked at a hospital for wounded soldiers.

Prince Bertil and Mrs. Craig met for the first time in London in 1943. The married in 1943. They married at the Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 7, 1976.

Princess Lilian is The Duchess of Halland. She resides at Djurgården in Stockholm.

Royal Engagements

Princess Lilian shared her husband Prince Bertil´s interest in sports. Prince Bertil was Chairman of the Swedish Sports Confederation for 44 years (1947-91). After his death, Princess Lilian took over many of his honorary duties.

Every year she distributes grants from the “Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian's Sports Foundation". The purpose of the foundation is to promote Swedish sport through grants to leaders and instructors towards their further education and distributes grants at the Friends of the Swedish Sports Confederation's annual meeting.

Popular Award Presenter

Prince Bertil's interest in Motor Sport is honoured by Princess Lilian through her distribution of medals at the Royal Swedish Automobile Club's annual meeting. She is also a loyal award presenter at the annual motor race “Prince Bertil's Memorial" at Djurgården in Stockholm and at the Stockholm Open international tennis competition.

As Duchess of Halland, Princess Lilian takes part in the Halland Academy's Festival Day. It is also tradition that Princess Lilian distributes the Söderbergska Award in Medicine and the Hasselblad Award.


Children and youths have a true friend in Princess Lilian

For many years she has taken great interest in the work of SOS-Barnbyar Sverige (Children´s Villages Sweden). The organisation aims to provide a home, a childhood and an education to children who have lost their parents.

Princess Lilian often takes part in various fund-raising events in support of SOS-Barnbyar Sverige and has also visited SOS-Barnbyar abroad.
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Carl XVI Gustaf, the Swedish Head of State, was born on April 30, 1946 at Haga Palace.

He is son of the then Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha. He was baptised Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus at the Royal Chapel on June 7, 1946.

The King has four older sisters: the Princesses Margaretha, Birgitta, Désirée and Christina. His father Prince Gustaf Adolf died in a plane crash in 1947 in Copenhagen. Princess Sibylla died in Stockholm in 1972.

Crown Prince at four years of age
With the accession of Gustaf VI Adolf to the throne in 1950, following the death of Gustaf V, the four-year-old Carl Gustaf became Crown Prince.

Crown Prince Carl Gustaf became the Swedish Head of State at the age of 27, following the death of King Gustaf VI Adolf, who died on September 15, 1973.

The new King took “For Sweden - With the times" as his motto, thereby declaring his intention of meeting the demands of society on a modern monarch.

The Crown Prince was taught privately during his preschool years at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. He started school in the autumn of 1952 and attended Broms School and the Sigtuna Boarding School, where he matriculated in 1966.

Matriculation was followed by military service. The Crown Prince completed two and a half years' training in the Army, Navy and Air Force, with a special emphasis on naval training. Amongst other military activities, he took part in a long voyage on the mine-laying vessel Älvsnabben in the winter of 1966-67.

Naval Officer Examination
The Crown Prince passed his Naval Officer Examination in 1968. He later completed a command course at the Swedish National Defence College and complemented his naval training with officer´s duties on board various ships in the Swedish Navy.

In 1968-69 the Crown Prince followed a program of academic studies, comprising history, sociology, political science, financial law and economics at the University of Uppsala. Later, he also studied economics at the University of Stockholm.

Practical social studies
He then followed a specially composed programme of field trips to national and local authorities, industries, factories, laboratories and schools.

The Crown Prince studied the judicial system, social welfare organizations and institutions, trade unions and employer associations, with a special emphasis on the work of the Riksdag (the Swedish parliament), the government and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

International studies
In order to acquire international experience The Crown Prince took part in the work of the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York and with SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation) in Africa . He also spent considerable time in London- at Hambro Bank, the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce - and in France at the Alfa Laval plant in Nevers.

In addition, The Crown Prince represented Gustaf VI Adolf on a number of official occasions. In 1970, for example, he headed the Swedish delegation to the World Exhibition in Osaka, Japan.

During the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in 1972, the Crown Prince met Miss Silvia Sommerlath.

She was serving at the games as an interpreter and hostess. Silvia Sommerlath was born in Heidelberg on December 23, 1943. She is the daughter of Walther Sommerlath and his Brazilian wife Alice, née de Toledo, both now deceased.

The Royal Wedding in 1976
The engagement of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath was officially announced on March 12, 1976. They were married three months later at the Stockholm Cathedral on June 19, 1976.

King Carl Gustaf and Drottning Silvia have three children: Crown Princess Victoria, born on July 14, 1977, Prince Carl Philip, born on May 13, 1979 and Princess Madeleine, born on June 10, 1982.

Under the Order of Succession introduced in 1980 by the Swedish parliament, the throne passes to the eldest child.

The Royal Family resided at the Royal Palace of Stockholm through 1981, after which they moved to Drottningholm Palace.

Royal Engagements

Nature and the environment
King Carl XVI Gustaf is actively involved in issues concerning nature and the environment and has great knowledge in both these areas.

The King has personally instituted the King Carl Gustaf Environmental Competition and the “Royal Colloquium", an international environmental symposium held in Sweden with participants from all over the world.

The King has been chairman of the Swedish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) since 1988.

Scout Movement
The King has been interested in scouting since childhood. He became a cub scout with the name Mowgli in 1955 and a scout in 1958.

As Crown Prince, one of his first official duties was to participate in a scout camp in Sweden at the age of 10. Since then, The King often takes part in different types of scouting activities both in Sweden and abroad.

King Carl Gustaf is Principal Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide and Scout Association, Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide and Scout Council and has been Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation since 1977.

In recent years The King has accompanied Royal Technology Missions under The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering's auspices to study technological and industrial know-how and to encourage co-operation in these areas with various countries such as Japan, Italy, the UK, the USA, South Korea, South Africa and Brazil.


From an early age The King has had a great interest in cars and tools. As Crown Prince, for his fifth birthday, he received a pedal car, a trowel, bricks, gardening tools and a real yoke with two pails.

Today, he maintains a great interest in motor sport: at the vintage car rally on the island of Öland The King likes to drive an old Volvo PV 60 that he received as a present on his 50th birthday.

Nature, Sports and Outdoor life
King Carl XVI Gustaf has enjoyed nature and the outdoors since childhood, with outdoor and sporting activities as his favourite pastimes. The King is a highly skilled skier. He has participated in the Vasa Ski Race three times - in 1977, 1987 and 1997. During the summer months he enjoys boating activities.

At the Royal Family's private summer palace Solliden on the island of Öland The King puts a lot of energy into cultivating the garden. His focus is not so much on the flowerbeds but on heavy work such as laying new water pipes, cleaning out dams, or thinning out oak forests.

The Royal Family has a cottage in Storlien in the province of Jämtland which The King inherited from his parents. And after the death of Prince Bertil, the Royal Family took over Villa Mirage in St. Maxime, France.

Art, Music and Food
The King is also interested in art, music and food.

In recent years he has exhibited parts of his collection of graphic art and has initiated a number of musical events at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The King is a member of the Swedish Academy of Gastronomy.

Hunting is among The King's leisure interests. Every year he participates in Royal hunts at Halle and Hunneberg and in Bergslagen. He also participates in the cloven-foot animal hunt at Tullgarn.

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Queen Silvia was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on December 23, 1943.

She is the daughter of the late Walther Sommerlath and his Brazilian wife Alice, née de Toledo, also deceased. The Queen has three older brothers: Ralf, Walther and Jörg Sommerlath.

The Sommerlath family lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil between 1947 and 1957, where Walther Sommerlath was President of the Brazilian subsidiary of Swedish Uddeholm, amongst other things. The family returned to West Germany in 1957.

Education and Professional Life
Silvia Sommerlath matriculated in Düsseldorf in 1963. Between 1965 and 1969 she attended the Munich School of Interpreting, majoring in Spanish.

Speaks six languages
After graduation, Silvia worked at the Argentinean Consulate in Munich. In addition to Swedish, The Queen also speaks German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Work with the Olympic Committee
The Organising Committee for the Munich Olympics employed Silvia as training hostess between 1971 and 1973. She then became Deputy Head of Protocol of the Organising Committee for the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

Miss Silvia Renate Sommerlath met The Crown Prince Carl Gustaf at the 1972 Olympic Games.

The engagement of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Renata Sommerlath was announced on March 12, 1976. They married the same year on June 19 at the Stockholm Cathedral.

Initially the Royal Family lived in an apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. In 1982 they moved to Drottningholm Palace.

Official Duties
Queen Silvia often accompanies King Carl Gustaf on official journeys in Sweden and state visits abroad.

She is a regular visitor to national and municipal authorities and institutions, as well as schools, universities etc., for information-gathering purposes.

She frequently takes part in anniversaries, congresses and symposium openings and other official events.

The Queen belongs to the Lutheran Church of Sweden.

Royal Engagements

World Childhood Foundation
In the spring of 1999 The Queen took the initiative of founding the World Childhood Foundation (WCF). The mission of the foundation is to work towards better living conditions for children all over the world. The foundation supports a large number of projects in 15 countries.

Today, WCF is found in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the U.S.

The Queen is an Honorary Member of the International Mentor Foundation. The focus of this organisation is the prevention of drug misuse.

The Silvia Home
The Silvia Home in Drottningholm has been established as a result of The Queen's own initiative and personal commitment. The Silvia Home Foundation, where The Queen is an active working Chairman, promotes scientific research and offers education, specialized training and care in the field of dementia.

Research Funds
Queen Silvia works actively on behalf of the disabled. She is Chairman of the Royal Wedding Fund, which supports research in sports and athletics for disabled youngsters.

She is also Chairman of the Queen Silvia's Jubilee Fund for research on children and children's disabilities.

Disabled youngsters
The Queen has been very involved in the publishing of a book entitled “Go for It". The book, which is The Queen's own initiative, aims to encourage sports and other past-time activities for disabled youngster. The book is available in Swedish, English, German and Spanish.

Hearing Impaired
The Queen has studied sign language so as to be able to communicate more effectively with the hearing impaired. In 1990 she was awarded the “Deutsche Kulturpreis" for her efforts on behalf of the disabled.

Queen Silvia holds honorary positions in a large number of organisations and societies, such as the Swedish Amateur Athletic Association, the Children's Cancer Foundation of Sweden and the Swedish Save the Children Federation.


The Queen shares an interest for nature and the outdoors with The King.

As a newly wed, The Queen learned to appreciate Swedish mountain life. She enjoys skiing in the environs of the Royal Family´s cottage in Storlien.

At the Solliden Palace on the island of Öland, The Queen is able to cultivate different leisure interests, such as waterskiing and riding.

The Queen takes pleasure in gardening and flowers.

Together with The King, she takes care of the beautiful Solliden Park, inherited from Queen Victoria.

The Queen enjoys going to the theatre, the opera and concerts.

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State visits made by the king before he was married

October 1974 - State Visit to Norway - H.M. King Olav V
November 1974 - State Visit to Finland
April 1975 - State Visit to Denmark - H.M. Queen Margrethe II
June 1975 - State Visit to Iceland
July 1975 - State Visit to England - H.M. Queen Elizabeth II
October 1975 - State Visit from Finland
November 1975 - State Visit from Norway - H.M. King Olav V
March 1976 - State visit from Yugoslavia
May 1976 - State Visit from Austria
March 1977 - State Visit to

State Visit made by the King and Queen

October 1976 - State Visit to the Netherlands - H.M. Queen Juliana
March 1977 - State Visit to Belgium - H.M. King Baudouin
June 1978 - State Visit to The Soviet Union
September 1978 - State visit to Yugoslavia
March 1979 - State Visit to The Federal Republic of Germany
October 1979 - State Visit from Spain - H.M. King Juan Carlos
November 1979 - State visit from Austria

State Visit To Mexico - November 2002

State Visit to Thailand jan - feb 2003

State Visit To Romania - April 2003

State Visit From Germany - May 2003

State Visit To Finland - August 2003

State Visit From Jordan - October 2003

State Visit To Vietnam - February 2004

State Visit To Brunei - February 2004

State Visit To Iceland - September 2004

State Visit from Latvia March 2005

Official Visit from Sweden June 10-11, 2005

Official Visit from Norway to Sweden - 1-2 September 2005

State Visit from Malaysia - 14-16 September 2005
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Official biography from the Royal Court's website

Princess Madeleine


Madeleine, Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, was born on June 10, 1982.

She was baptised on August 31, 1982 at the Palace church and was given the names Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine.

She is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She has two older siblings, Crown Princess Victoria, born July 14, 1977 and Prince Carl Philip, born May 13, 1979.

In accordance with the 1979 Act of Succession, which entered into force on January 1, 1980, Princess Madeleine is third in the line of succession, following Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip.


Princess Madeleine attended the Västerled parish preschool in 1985. She then continued her junior level at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma. In the autumn 1989 she continued on to intermediate level at Carlssons School in Stockholm.

In the autumn 1998, Princess Madeleine started studying at Enskilda Gymnasiet for senior level, following a social science programme. She matriculated in the spring of 2001.

Language and Law

Princess Madeleine spent time in the United Kingdom in the autumn of 2001 for English language studies. During the spring 2002, she attended a course in law, took a course in computer science and received ECDL certification (European Computer Driving Licence).

Architecture and Design

In the autumn 2003, Princess Madeleine attended a work experience/trainee program focusing on architecture and design. The purpose of the program was to provide concrete, practical knowledge in architecture and furniture design as well as modern and contemporary art.

Academic Studies

Since the spring 2003, Princess Madeleine has studied at the University of Stockholm. She has completed courses in art history, ethnology and history. One of her main course essays focused on Drottning Victoria (1862-1930) and the establishment of Solliden Palace on the island of Öland. In January 2006 she will complete her studies at the University and go to New York for a trainee program at the UNICEF

Official Duties

In August 2005, Princess Madeleine presented the "Min Stora Dag" (My Big Day) volunteer prizes at the foundation's five-year anniversary.

She went on a full day field trip in September to her duchy with visits to the Hälsingland Museum and presented the "Gold Rider" prize in Hudiksvall.

In September she also presented the Her Majesty The Queen's Prize at the Taby Racecourse.


Picture by Pressens Bild via the Royal Court

Royal Engagements

Princess Madeleine, with other members of the Royal Family, takes part in the celebration of Sweden´s National Day, The King and The Queen´s birthdays, the Nobel festivities, other official representation and state visits.

Due to the fact that she is studying full time at the University of Stockholm, The Princess is limited to the number of other official duties in which she can partake.

Interest in Art
In the autumn 2003, The Princess presented a major design prize at Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, amongst others. In the spring 2004, she inaugurated the “Treasure from Rumania " exhibition at the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities.

Europa Nostra Award
During autumn 2004, The Princess made her second official visit to her duchy, this time to Hälsingland. She visited a number of farms of culture historic interest and presented the European cultural heritage prize Europa Nostra to one of them.

Since June 2005, The Princess has been patron of Europa Nostra in Sweden. Europa Nostra is a European organisation whose purpose is to preserve European culture heritage.

In the autumn 2005, The Princess took part in a historical building seminar in Gävle and visited the “Folk Art" exhibition at the HälsinglandsMuseum in Hudiksvall.

Min Stora Dag
One of Princess Madeleine's primary engagements is in the foundation Min Stora Dag, which in English means My Big Day. The foundation works to make sure that the wishes of children in long-term hospital care come true. In her role as Patron of the foundation, she visited Huddinge Hospital, Uppsala University Hospital and the Linköping University Hospital.

Civic Engagements
The Princess is also interested in social issues. On several occasions she has visited the Clare Parish in Stockholm, which works with the homeless and underprivileged.



Since childhood, Princess Madeleine's great interest has been horses and riding.

In conjunction with the declaration of Princess Madeleine's majority, she was presented a scholarship fund by the Gävleborg province, which is made up of both the duchies of Gästrikland and Hälsingland.

The purpose of the fund is support and encourage youth involved in horse riding. “Pony Rider of the Year with trainer in Gävleborgs province" and “Gold Rider" are both awards that were distributed for the first time in 2001 by Princess Madeleine.

The Princess is also very interested in art, culture, dance and theatre as well as social issues.

Like her sister she likes spending time outdoors in nature. She enjoys long walks and skiing.

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Official biography from the Royal Court's website

Prince Carl Philip


Carl Philip, Prince of Sweden, Duke of Värmland, was born on May 13, 1979 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. He was baptised in the Palace church on August 31, 1979 and got the names Carl Philip Edmund Bertil.

Prins Carl Philip is the second child of His Majesty The King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty The Queen Silvia. He has two sisters, Crown Princess Victoria, born on July 14, 1977 and Princess Madeleine, born on June 10, 1982.

In accordance with the 1979 Act of Succession which entered into force on January 1, 1980, Prince Carl Philip is second in line of succession, next to Crown Princess Victoria.

From 1984-86, Prince Carl Philip attended the Västerled parish preschool. In the autumn 1986, he started school at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma where he completed his junior school level.

He completed intermediate level at Ålstensskolan also in Bromma and proceeded from there in the autumn 1992 to senior level at Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm.

Studies in the U.S.
In the autumn of 1994 Prince Carl Philip studied at Kent , a private school in Connecticut, where he spent two years.

The Prince then followed a science programme at Lundbergs Upper Secondary School in Värmland, where he matriculated in 1999.

Prince Carl Philip was confirmed in the summer of 1994 at Vadstena Church, after confirmation studies in Medevi.

Naval Reserve Officer
Prince Carl Philip did his military service at the Amphibious Battalion at Vaxholm's Coast Artillery Regiment and is trained as a combat boat commander (combat boat 90).

During 2001-02 The Prince completed a naval officer training course. During this time he participated in a long voyage with the mine-laying vessel HMS Carlskrona. Prince Carl Philip became second lieutenant in the Royal Swedish Navy and became a lieutenant in December 2004.

Graphic designer
In May 2006 The Prince completed a two-year full time course in graphic design at the Forsbergs School of Graphic Design in Stockholm.

The final exhibitation showed The Prince´s photographic works and documentary of homeless people in the center of Stockholm.


Royal Engagements

Every year Prince Carl Philip, with other members of the Royal Family, takes part in the celebration of Sweden's National Day, The King and The Crown Princess's birthdays and the Nobel festivities.

In addition to his studies The Prince has a number of other official duties, often in connection with Värmland, the Prince's duchy.

In the summer of 2004 The Prince participated in a couple of extensive naval training exercises in the Stockholm archipelago.

Prince Carl Philip was a part of the relay that carried the Olympic Flame through Stockholm and participated in the design of a calendar in aid of the World Childhood Foundation.

In April 2005, Prince Carl Philip inaugurated the Nordic Book Binding exhibition at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.


Picture by Pressens Bild via the Royal Court


Prince Carl Philip is interested in art and is pursuing an education in graphic design.

In December 2003 The Prince designed a CD cover that was distributed in conjunction with The Queen's birthday containing music from the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.

The Prince enjoys nature and the outdoors. He was a scout when younger. He is interested in sports and when time permits he enjoys motor sports. He is also a skilled skier and sailor.

He skied his first Vasa Ski Race in 2004, which he completed in 6 hours, 21 minutes and 52 seconds, beating The King's record from 1987. As patron of the Volvo Ocean Race, The Prince is taking part in the race during the autumn 2005.

Prince Carl Philip has a keen interest in motor sports and took the Swedish Motor Sport Association's racing licence. In the summer of 2005 he took his racing debut in a go-cart race in Stockholm.

The Prince also carries a hunting licence and enjoys participating in Royal hunts.

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These are geat any info on The King's wider family e.g. sisters
Princess Lillian's Biography?

Could someone advise me on how to obtain a copy of Princess Lilians's autobiography written in 2000.Thank you.
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Princess Lilian

I would like to obtain a copy of Princess Lilian's autobiography. Where could I obtain one, please? I believe that it was written in 2000?:)
I would like to obtain a copy of Princess Lilian's autobiography. Where could I obtain one, please? I believe that it was written in 2000?:)

It's only in Swedish, an English translation was never made. If you have Swedish language skills you will need to try secondhand bookstores in Sweden to get a copy. will track down books for you in English.
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