Count Sigvard Bernadotte of Wisborg

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Sigvard Bernadotte
Count of Wisborg
prev. Prince of Sweden, Duke of Uppland
Spouse Erica Maria Patzek
Sonja Christensen Robbert
Marianne Lindberg
Issue Count Michael Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg
Full name
Sigvard Oscar Fredrik Bernadotte
House House of Bernadotte
Father Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
Mother Princess Margaret of Connaught
Born (1907-06-07)7 June 1907
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 4 February 2002(2002-02-04) (aged 94)
Stockholm, Sweden

Sigvard Oscar Fredrik Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (7 June 1907 in Drottningholm – 4 February 2002 in Stockholm) was a Swedish industrial designer.

He was the second son of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Margaret, Duchess of Scania, and was originally known as Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland, but lost his royal titles in 1934 when he married a commoner. He was also a paternal uncle of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and a maternal uncle of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.

From 1994 to 2002, he was the oldest living great-grandchild of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, and having reached the age of 94, he was her longest-lived male descendant until being overtaken by his younger brother Carl Johan on 29 June 2011.


Sigvard married three times.

He first married commoner Erica Maria Patzek (born in Wilmersdorf, 12 July 1911 - died in Wilmersdorf, 20 July 2007), daughter of Anton Patzek and Marie Anna Lala, on 8 March 1934 in London. The couple had no children and divorced on 14 October 1943.

Only 12 days later on 26 October in Copenhagen he married another commoner, Sonja Christensen Robbert (born in Copenhagen, 12 October 1909; died 21 May 2004), daughter of Robert Alexander Christensen Robbert and Ebba Elisabeth Svenson.

They had one son: Count Michael Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg (b. Copenhagen, 21 August 1944), married Christine Vellhöjer or Wellhöfer (b. Stuttgart, 26 April 1947), one daughter.

Bernadotte and wife Sonja were divorced on 6 June 1961.

A month later, on 30 July 1961 in Stockholm, Sigvard married Gullan Marianne Lindberg, an actress who had three children by the son of a Chinese minister in Stockholm, and the daughter of Thyra (née Dahlman) and Helge Lindberg. She then became Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg.


Sigvard was born Prince of Sweden and Duke of Upland, but having made an unequal match, he lost that royal status and was excluded from the line of succession.

Sigvard's coat of arms as Prince of Sweden

On 2 July 1951 he was created Count Bernadotte af Wisborg by Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg.

In 28 May 1983 Sigvard announced to Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå that he intended to title himself prince again.

Over the years, based on precedent established in 1888 for his granduncle Oscar, he petitioned for restoration of a princely title, although he did not seek reinstatement in the line of succession to the throne. King King Carl XVI Gustaf never obliged, and remained estranged from his uncle.

Sigvard went to the European Court of Human Rights in an effort to reclaim his princely title. In 2004, after the death of Sigvard, the ECHR declared the application inadmissible.[1]

The wording on his gravestone, in a cemetery owned by the King, does makes it clear that Sigvard was "born Prince of Sweden".[2]

Professional life[edit]

An industrial designer, Bernadotte was known for designing everything from luxurious silver objects for Georg Jensen [3] to everyday-use household items in plastic.

Among his iconic designs were the Red Clara opener; EKA Swede 38 folding knife;[4] the Margrethe bowl; the Bernadotte jug, and the Facit Private typewriter.[5]

He also designed glasses frames.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Sigvard Bernadotte". Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ "Patent USD227071 - Winifred e - Google Patents". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ "sassabrassa » Sigvard Bernadotte". 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Sigvard Bernadotte – det kungliga årets hetaste glasögondesigner! | Svensk Damtidning". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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Count Sigvard Bernadotte of Wisborg
Born: 7 June 1907 Died: 4 February 2002
Swedish royalty
Preceded by
Prince Gustaf
Duke of Uppland Succeeded by