Prince Carl Bernadotte

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Prince Bernadotte
Prince Carl in 1930s
Spouse Countess Elsa von Rosen (1937–1951; divorce)[1]
Ann Margareta Larsson (1954–1961; divorce)[1]
Kristine Rivelsrud (1978-2003)[1]
Issue Countess Madeleine Bernadotte
Full name
Carl Gustaf Oscar Fredrik Christian
House House of Bernadotte
Father Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
Mother Princess Ingeborg of Denmark
Born (1911-01-10)10 January 1911
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 27 June 2003(2003-06-27) (aged 92)
Málaga, Spain
Swedish Royalty
House of Bernadotte
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Charles XIV John
   Oscar I
Oscar I
   Charles XV
   Prince Gustaf, Duke of Uppland
   Oscar II
   Princess Eugenie
   Prince August, Duke of Dalarna
Charles XV
   Lovisa, Queen of Denmark
   Prince Carl Oscar, Duke of Södermanland
Oscar II
   Gustaf V
   Prince Oscar, Duke of Gotland
   Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
   Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke
   Margaretha, Princess Axel of Denmark
   Märtha, Crown Princess of Norway
   Astrid, Queen of Belgium
   Prince Carl, Duke of Östergötland
Gustaf V
   Gustaf VI Adolf
   Prince Vilhelm, Duke of Södermanland
   Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland
   Prince Lennart, Duke of Småland
Gustaf VI Adolf
   Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
   Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland
   Ingrid, Queen of Denmark
   Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland
   Prince Carl Johan, Duke of Dalarna
   Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler
   Birgitta, Princess Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
   Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld
   Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson
   Carl XVI Gustaf
Carl XVI Gustaf
   Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland
   Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland
   Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
   Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
   Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland

Carl Gustaf Oscar Fredrik Christian, Prince Bernadotte (Stockholm, 10 January 1911 – Málaga, 27 June 2003), originally Prince Carl, Duke of Östergötland, was the youngest child and only son of Prince Carl of Sweden and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark. To distinguish himself from his father, he was widely known as Mulle[according to whom?] within the family. Apparently his mother wanted to name him Samuel, but this was not thought of as a proper royal name.[according to whom?]

Marriage and loss of status[edit]

When on 6 July 1937 at Kvillinge, Sweden, Prince Carl married Countess Elsa von Rosen (Stockholm, 7 February 1904 – Stockholm, 15 April 1991), he had to relinquish his succession rights and his royal titles. She was the daughter of Count Eugén von Rosen and Eleonore Wijk, and ex-wife of Count Adolf von Rosen. Bernadotte's brother-in-law, King Leopold III of Belgium, conferred upon him the title Prince Bernadotte in the Belgian nobility on the same date, with the right to the comital title for his male-line descendants. He had one daughter, Countess Madeleine (b. Stockholm, 8 October 1938), and divorced Elsa in 1951. He married Ann Margareta Larsson (Danderyd, 22 March 1921–3 September 1975) at Danderyd, Sweden, on 1 November 1954. They divorced in 1961, without issue. His third and final marriage was held at the Embassy of Sweden in Rabat, Morocco, on 8 June 1978 to Kristine Rivelsrud (b. Eidsfoss, Norway, 22 April 1932-4 November 2014), without issue.[1][2]

Bernadotte died on 27 June 2003 in Málaga, Spain. His widow, Princess Kristine Bernadotte, died at their home at Villa Capricornio in Benalmadena, Spain, on November 4, 2014, at the age of 82.[3][4]

The Huseby scandal[edit]

Carl Bernadotte was at the center of the Huseby scandal that occurred in the late 1950s in Sweden amidst a great deal of publicity. Bernadotte had gained the trust of Florence Stephens, a wealthy elderly heiress of a large estate near Växjö in southern Sweden. A complex set of criminal transactions led to the ruin of Stephens and to bring Bernadotte to court. Bernadotte was acquitted in spite of his full confession – he was not considered sane with regards to his actions and therefore not criminally culpable. Bernadotte left Sweden shortly after the trial and spent the rest of his life in Spain.


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Arms of Prince Carl, Duke of Östergötland from 1911 to 1937
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Carl's arms after 1937


16. Charles XIV John of Sweden
8. Oscar I of Sweden
17. Désirée Clary
4. Oscar II of Sweden
18. Eugène de Beauharnais
9. Josephine of Leuchtenberg
19. Princess Augusta of Bavaria
2. Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
20. Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
10. William, Duke of Nassau
21. Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg
5. Sofia of Nassau
22. Prince Paul of Württemberg
11. Princess Pauline of Württemberg
23. Princess Katharina Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen
1. Prince Carl, Duke of Östergötland
24. Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
12. Christian IX of Denmark
25. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
6. Frederick VIII of Denmark
26. Prince William of Hesse
13. Louise of Hesse-Kassel
27. Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark
3. Princess Ingeborg of Denmark
28. Oscar I of Sweden (= 8)
14. Charles XV of Sweden
29. Josephine of Leuchtenberg (= 9)
7. Lovisa of Sweden
30. Prince Frederik of the Netherlands
15. Princess Louise of the Netherlands
31. Princess Louise of Prussia


  1. ^ a b c d "Prince Carl Bernadotte". The Daily Telegraph. 2003-07-17. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  2. ^ Holst Poulsen, Victoria Rogena (2014-11-16). "Swedish and Norwegian royals at funeral of Princess Kristine". Royalista. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Una princesa en Málaga: Fue la tercera esposa de Carlos, con quien siempre vivió en Villa Capricornio, en Benalmádena". La Vanguardia. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  4. ^ Isaksen, Trond Norén (2014-11-10). "Nekrolog: Prinsesse Kristine Bernadotte". Aftenposten. Retrieved 2014-12-06.