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Swedish Royal Family

H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

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Full name: Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus
Born: 30 April 1946, Haga Palace, Solna, Stockholm
Parents: Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten (1906-1947) & Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1908-1972)
Spouse: Silvia Sommerlath (*1943)
Children: Crown Princess Victoria (*1977), Prince Carl Philip (*1979) & Princess Madeleine (*1982)
Siblings: Princess Margaretha (*1934), Princess Birgitta (*1937), Princess Désirée (*1938) & Princess Christina (*1943)

Biography
Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden, Duke of Jämtland was born at Haga palace on 30 April 1946 as the first son and fifth child of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten and his wife Princess Sibylla of Sweden, née Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. On that day he became third in line to the swedish throne after his grandfather Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf (later King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden) and his father Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten.

He was christened on 7 June 1946 at Royal Chaple of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. His godparents were King Gustaf V of Sweden (his great grandfather), Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf (his grandfather), Crown Princess Juliana of Netherlands, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark & Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark (his aunt), Crown Prince Olav of Norway, Duke Friedrich Josias of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Count Folke Bernadotte af Wisborg & Countess Maria Bernadotte af Wisborg.

Upon the tragic death of his father on 26 January 1947 at Kastrup airport, the nearly 9 month old Carl Gustaf was suddenly second in line to the swedish throne, moving to first place on 29 October 1950, when his great grandfather King Gustaf V of Sweden died. He became Crown Prince of Sweden at the age of 4. At that time also Princess Sibylla decided to move from Haga Palace where the family was living to the Royal Palace in the center of Stockholm.

The young Crown Prince was educated privately. After his graduation from high school he completed two and half years of education in the Royal Swedish Army, Royal Swedish Navy & Royal Swedish Air Force. Before he ascendet the throne he rose to the position of captain (army & air force) and lieutenant (navy). He also competed studies in history, sociology, political science, tax law and economics at Uppsala University & Stockholm University. He also studied the affairs of the Parliament of Sweden, Goverment and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also spent some time at the Swedish Mission to United Nations, Swedish Embassy in London and also worked in a bank in London.

Upon the death of his grandfather on 15 September 1973, he became King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. He was crowned at the Hall of State of the Royal Palace on 19 September 1973. His motto is "For Sweden - with the times".

He met his future wife Silvia Sommerlath during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, where she was a chief hostes and interpreter. They announced their engagment on 12 March 1976 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm and were married on 19 June 1976 at the Stockholm Cathedral, the ceremony was performed by Olof Sundby, Archbishop of Uppsala. Their first child Princess Victoria was born 13 months later on 14 July 1977. Victoria became Crown Princess on 1 January 1980 after the change of Swedish Constitution which allowed equal primogeniture. Their second child Crown Prince Carl Philip was born on 13 May 1979, he remained Crown Prince for 7 months. In 1980 Carl Gustaf and his family moved from the Royal Palace in the center of Stockholm to Drottningholm Palace, the Royal Palace still serves as the office of the royal family. Their third child Princess Madeleine was born on 10 June 1982.

As King, Carl Gustaf, has after the change in 1974 only representative and ceremonial position. He pays state visits abroad and recieves those to Sweden, opens the Annual Session of the Parliament, chairs the Special Council held during a change of Government, holds regular Information Councils with the Prime Minister and Cabinet, chairs the meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council, and receives and signs Letters of Credence of foreign ambassadors to Sweden and signs those of Sweden to foreign nations. He also ceremonially holds the highest ranks in the three branches of the Swedish Armed Forces. He also presents the Nobel Prizes each year as well as Polar Music Price.

He is passionate about the environment, technology, agriculture, trade, and industry. He is the Honorary Chairman of World Scout Foundation and often participates in it's activities home and abroad. He is also interested in automobiles.

H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden

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Full name: Silvia Renate, née Sommerlath
Born: 23 December 1943, Heidelberg, Germany
Parents: Walther Sommerlath (1901-1990) & Alice Soares de Toledo (1906-1997)
Spouse: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (*1946)
Children: Crown Princess Victoria (*1977), Prince Carl Philip (*1979) & Princess Madeleine (*1982)
Siblings: Ralf Sommerlath (*1929), Walther Sommerlath (*1934) & Jörg Sommerlath (1941-2006)

Silvia Sommerlath was born on 23 December 1943 in Heidelberg as the fourth child and only daughter of Walther Sommerlath and his wife Alice Sommerlath, née de Toledo. When she was 4 years old the family moved to Sao Paolo, Brazil, where she attended a German school, Colégio Visconde de Porto Seguro. The family returned to West Germany in 1957. Silvia graduated from high school in Dusseldorf in 1963 and between 1965-1969 studied at the Munich School of Interpreting, majoring in Spanish. She is speaking 6 languages, besides Spanish and her native German and Portuguese, also Swedish, English and French.

After graduating from school Silvia worked at Argentinean Consulate in Munich. From 1971-1973 she worked as hostess trainer with the Organizing Committee of 1972 Munich Olympic Games. She then became Deputy Head of Protocol of the Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

During the 1972 Olympic Games she met King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Their engagement was announced at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on 12 March 1976. They were married in Stockholm Cathedral on 19 June 1976, the ceremony was led by Olof Sundby the archbishop of Uppsala. Their first child Princess Victoria was born 13 months later on 14 July 1977. She formally became Crown Princess on 1 January 1980, when the Act of Succession was changed and Sweden adopted equal primogeniture. The couple’s second child, Crown Prince Carl Philip was born on 13 May 1979. He was Crown Prince for 7 months. Their third child, Princess Madeleine, was born on 10 June 1982.

As Queen Consort of Sweden, Silvia’s main duty is to support the King in his work. She often accompanies the King on his official trips and state visits abroad. She makes regular visits to national and municipal authorities as well as schools and universities. Besides her official work she’s also involved in many charity organizations, especially in the area of disadvantaged children. She was a co-founder of World Childhood Foundation in 1999 and is also a honorary member of The Mentor Foundation International.

Her commitment to the work with dementia and the care of the elderly at the end of life is also well known. Silviahemmet was established in Stockholm on her initiative. It works to educate hospital personnel in how to work with people suffering from dementia, and also initiates research in the area. She has made many public statements about human rights and the sexual exploitation of children. Also brought up the issue of dyslexia, for many years it was rumored that the King suffers with dyslexia, she confirmed it in an interview in 1997. Also the couple’s children Victoria & Carl Philip suffer with dyslexia.

H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland

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Full name: Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée
Born: 14 July 1977, Karolinska Hospital, Solna, Stockholm
Parents: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (*1946) & Silvia Sommerlath (*1943)
Spouse: Daniel Westling (*1973)
Children: Princess Estelle (*2012)
Siblings: Prince Carl Philip (*1979) & Princess Madeleine (*1982)

Princess Victoria of Sweden was born on 14 July 1977 in Karolinska Hospital in Solna, Stockholm as the first child of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden & Queen Silvia of Sweden, née Sommerlath. She was christened at Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm on 27 September 1977, her godparents were Crown Prince Harald of Norway, Crown Princess Beatrix of Netherlands, Ralf Sommerlath & Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld. Victoria became Crown Princess formally on 1 January 1980 when the Act of Succession changed and Sweden adopted equal primogeniture. Few days later she also received the title Duchess of Västergötland and became therefore the first Princess in Bernadotte dynasty who received Duchy of her own.

Victoria attended Västerled parish pre-school from 1982-84. In autumn 1984 she started school at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma, where she completed her junior level. She later attended Ålstensskolan in Bromma, Stockholm. She absolved her secondary school studies at private Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm, were she graduated from the Science and Social studies program in 1996.

After she finished the secondary school Victoria spent a year in France studying French language at Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers. During the fall term of 1997 she participated in a special program following the work of the Parliament of Sweden. In November 1997 the Swedish Royal Court confirmed what was speculated before, that Victoria suffered with anorexia. At that time she was already getting professional help and preparing to start her studies at Uppsala University, but due to the enormous media pressure it was decided that she’ll move to United States to receive treatment there and study at Yale University. During the years 1998-2000 Victoria therefore resided in USA. In May 1999 she was an intern at Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C. and during 2000 she studied resolution and international peacekeeping at the Swedish National Defense College. In 2001 Victoria followed the Swedish Presidency to European Union and completed a study program at the Government Offices.

During 2002 Victoria completed a study program with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, was intern at United Nations in New York and worked as intern for Swedish Trade Council in Berlin and Paris. The next year she completed basic soldier training at SWEDINT. In 2006 Victoria was enrolled in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' Diplomat Program, running from September 2006 to June 2007. The program is a training program for young future diplomats and gives an insight to the ministry's work, Swedish foreign and security policies and Sweden's relations with the rest of the world. In 2007, Victoria studied French privately and held an internship at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union. In June 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Uppsala University.

Besides her studies she also performed royal duties. Victoria’s declaration of majority took place on 14 July 1995 in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. She attends the regular Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs and information councils with Government ministers, steps in as regent when her father is abroad; she attends official dinners hosted by the King & Queen, state visits in Sweden and abroad, opening of Parliament, attends National Day celebrations and Nobel Prize ceremony. She also pays official visits abroad, visits to municipalities or different companies either alone or with her husband.

During the years Victoria refused to comment on her private life. She met her future husband Daniel Westling at his gym Master Training in Stockholm, where he worked as her personal trainer in 2002. Their engagement was announced on 24 February 2009 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. They were married on 19 June 2010 at Stockholm Cathedral, the ceremony was led by Anders Weyrid, Archbishop of Uppsala. After the wedding the couple moved to their new residence in Haga Palace, Solna. On 17 August 2011 the Royal Court announced that Victoria & Daniel expect their first child, the baby should be born in March 2012. Their first child, a daughter Estelle, was born on 23 February 2012 in Karolinska Hospital in Solna, Stockholm.

As of autumn 2013 Victoria returned back to school and took a course in polar enviroments at Stockholm University.

H.R.H. Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland

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Full name: Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte, née Westling
Born: 15 September 1973, Orebro, Sweden
Parents: Olle Westling (*1945) & Ewa Westring (*1944)
Spouse: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (*1977)
Children: Princess Estelle (*2012)
Siblings: Anna Westling Söderström (*1970)

Daniel Westling was born on 15 September 1973 in Orebro, as the second child and only son of Olle Westling and his wife Ewa Westling, née Westring. He was born on the same day as his future father in-law ascendet the Swedish throne. He was christened at Almby Church in the same year.

He attended Rabo Primary school and Preslunda school in Ockelbo. He absolved his secondary school studies at Hammargymnasiet in Sandviken, where he graduated in 1991. After graduating from secondary school Daniel worked within elderly care in Ockelbo pending his military service. He carried out his military service at I14 in Gävle. After carrying out his military service Daniel worked for a year at a school and recreation center for children with special needs. He moved to Stockholm in 1994 to study at Gymnastics Federation's Folk High School. He studied the youth recreation leader program there from 1994-1996, focusing on sport. During his studies he worked for a fitness company and after finishing his studies he worked there full time.

He started his own company in 1997 and worked as a consultant in fitness industry. He then went on to run his own gym, Master Training, together with a colleague. Master Training expanded and now has two gyms in central Stockholm. In 2006, Daniel started up the company Balance, a gym featuring a new concept, also situated in central Stockholm. The company now has approximately 100 employees. Together the gyms now have roughly 5,000 members.

Daniel met Crown Princess Victoria in 2002 at his gym Master training where he was her personal trainer. Their engagement was announced on 24 February 2009 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. After the engagement it was announced that he will step down as CEO and member of the board at Balance, but he will remain a equity partner there. Just a few months after the engagement, in May 2009, Daniel underwent a kidney transplantation. The donor was his father Olle Westling. It was revealed at that time, that Daniel suffered from congenital ailment causing impaired renal function, this was not hereditary.

Daniel & Victoria were married on 19 June 2010 at Stockholm Cathedral, the ceremony was led by Anders Weyrid, Archbishop of Uppsala. On the same day, Daniel was granted the title H.R.H. Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland and also received Seraphim Order. After the wedding the couple moved to their new residence in Haga Palace, Solna. On 17 August 2011 the Royal Court announced that Victoria & Daniel expect their first child, the baby should be born in March 2012. Victoria gave birth to their first child, a daughter Estelle, on 23 February 2012 in Karolinska Hospital in Solna, Stockholm.

Daniel’s first official engagement as a member of Swedish Royal family in August 2010 was 200 years celebrations of Bernadotte dynasty in Sweden. A month later he and Victoria went on their first official visit abroad to France. Since then Daniel regularly accompanies his wife on foreign visits abroad and also on municipality and company/organization visits within Sweden. He attends the opening of Parliament, Swedish National Day celebration, Nobel Prize Ceremony as well as official dinners organized by the King & Queen. He also performs official duties alone, mostly in the field of business, health, healthy lifestyle and sport. He went on his first solo official trip to Washington and New York in October 2011. 

In January 2011 he started four semester studies at Karolinska Institutet where he studies physiology. The form of study was widely criticized in media, but in December 2011 it was confirmed that his study is legal.

H.R.H. Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland

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Full name: Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary
Born: 23 February 2012, Karolinska Hospital, Solna, Stockholm
Parents: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (*1977) & Daniel Westling (*1973)
Siblings: -

Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Ostergörtland was born on 23 February 2012 at 4:26 am in Karolinska Hospital as the first child of Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel of Sweden. At birth she was 51 cm long and 3,280 gramms heavy. She was christened on 22 May 2012 in Royal Chapel of Royal Palace in Stockholm. Her godparents are Crown Prince Willem Alexander of Netherlands, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden & Anna Westling Söderström.

In the end of August 2014 Estelle started preschool at Äventyret Preschool in Danderyd municipality, Stockholm. The Äventyret Preschool uses the Ur & Skur outdoor teaching methods to teach children about nature and to convey a sense of the natural world

She is second in line to the throne after her mother Crown Princess Victoria.

H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland

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Full name: Carl Philip Edmund Bertil
Born: 13 May 1979, Royal Palace, Stockholm
Parents: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (*1946) & Silvia Sommerlath (*1943)
Siblings: Crown Princess Victoria (*1977) & Princess Madeleine (*1982)

Crown Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland was born on 13 May 1979 in the Royal Palace in Stockholm as the second child and first son of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his wife Queen Silvia of Sweden, née Sommerlath. He was christened on 31 August 1979 at Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. His godparents were Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, Crown Princess Margrethe of Denmark, Prince Leopold of Bavaria and Princess Birgitta of Sweden. He lost his Crown Prince title formally on 1 January 1980 when the Act of Succession changed and Sweden adopted equal primogeniture. On that day he became second in line to the Swedish throne behind his sister then 2 year old Victoria.

During 1984-1986 Carl Philip attended the Västerled parish preschool. In the autumn of 1986, he started school at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma and later he attended Ålstensskolan in Bromma to finish his primary education. In the autumn of 1992 he started secondary school at Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm. In autumn 1994 Carl Philip was enrolled at Kent School. He then continued his upper secondary education at Lundsbergs upper secondary school, where he was enrolled in science program and graduated in 1999. 

Carl Philip completed his military service at Amphibious Batallion at Vaxholm’s Coast Artillery Regiment as a combat boat commander in 2000. He continued his military education at Swedish National Defense College in 2007-2008 and was finally promoted to lieutenant in 2008.

He also pursued studies in graphic design, in 2006 he completed a two-year full-time course in Graphic Design at Forsbergs School of Graphic Design in Stockholm. He continued his photographic studies with an internship at the National Geographic Society in Washington during the autumn of 2006. He also studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of design during autumn 2007. In December 2011 he finished his studies at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp.

Unlike with his sisters, the royal court commented on his relationship and in April 2010 confirmed that Carl Philip is dating Sofia Hellqvist, former Swedish bikini model and reality show contestant. Their engagement was announced on 27 June 2014. The wedding is planned for summer 2015.

H.R.H. Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland & Gästrikland

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Full name: Madeleine Thérése Amélie Joséphine
Born: 10 June 1982, Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm
Parents: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (*1946) & Silvia Sommerlath (*1943)
Spouse: Christopher O'Neill (*1974)
Children: Princess Leonore (*2014)
Siblings: Crown Princess Victoria (*1977) & Prince Carl Philip (*1979)

Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland was born on 10 June 1982 at Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm as the third child and second daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his wife Queen Silvia of Sweden, née Sommelath. She was christened on 31 August 1982 at Royal Chaple of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Her godparents were Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Walther Sommerlath, Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson.

During 1985-1989 Madeleine attended Västerled Parish preschool. In autumn of 1989 she started her primary school education at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma and later continued at Carlssons School in Stockholm. She absolved her secondary school education at Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm, where she graduated in 2001. During autumn 2001 Madeleine lived in London where she studied English. In January 2003 she started her studies at Stockholm University, where she studied art history for 3 semesters and later moved to ethnology. She graduated in January 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in art history, ethnology and modern history.

Madeleine is a patron of Min Stora Dag the Swedish equivalent of Make a wish Foundation. In 2006 she also interned for six months in UNICEF in New York. Madeleine undertakes royal duties on behalf of her father and takes part at Swedish National Day celebrations and Nobel Prize ceremony.

Her engagement to Jonas Bergström was announced on 11 August 2009 at Soliden, the summer residence of her parents. She told the reporters at press conference that she and Jonas became engaged in June 2009 at Capri. The wedding was originally scheduled to take place in second half of 2010, but was later postponed. On 25 April 2010 it was announced that the wedding won’t take place and the engagement was broken off. In early 2010 the norwegian press revealed that Bergström had an affair with a young norwegian handball player.

After the broken engagement, Madeleine moved to New York, where she works as project manager for World Childhood Foundation. She also occasionally performs engagements in USA on behalf of the King and returns to Sweden on several occassion.

On 25th October 2012 the Swedish Royal Court announced her engagement to Mr. Christopher O'Neill. They married on 8 June 2013 at Royal Chapel of Royal Palace in Stockholm. The Swedish Royal Court announced on 3 September 2013 that Madeleine & Christopher O'Neill were expecting their first child. Their daughter, Leonore, was born on 20 February 2014 in New York, where the family resides.

H.R.H. Princess Leonore of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland

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Full name: Leonore Lilian Maria
Born: 20 February 2014, New York
Parents: Princess Madeleine of Sweden (*1982) & Christopher O'Neill (*1974)
Siblings: -

Princess Leonore of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland was born on 20 February 2014 at 10:41 pm in New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, USA. She was christened on 8 June 2014 in Drottningholm Palace Chapel. Her godparents are Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Louise Gottlieb, Patrick Sommerlath, Tatjana d'Abo, Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun & Alice Bamfort.

She is currently fifth in line to the Swedish throne.

2 comments:

  1. Annelie GerhardsdotterJanuary 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Hi there !
    Regarding the Swedish Royal Family I'm sorry to tell You that I found some things that are not really true.

    The correct name of H.R.H. Prince Daniel of Sweden is Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte. (Registrered at the Governement for taxes in Sweden !)

    Oueen Silvia of Sweden does not have the surname Sommerlath, since she married our King Carl Gustav in June 1976. In case You absolutely want to give her any kind of surname it would correctly be Bernadotte (which is the surname our King use travelling privately) !
    Please notice that even when You tell who the parents of Princess Viktoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine of Sweden are. Recently I would write that their parents are King Carl Gustav and Oueen Silvia of Sweden, which is the most correctly way of telling.

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  2. After reading through all of the profiles I think that it really cool all that the royal family has done. Also I found out that I share a birthday with Prince Carl Philip. Only I am 16 years younger than he is. The prince is the same age as my sister that is just older than myself.

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