Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland

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Prince Wilhelm
Duke of Södermanland
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Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Norway
Spouse Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
Issue Prince Lennart, Duke of Småland
Full name
Carl Wilhelm Ludvig
Father Gustav V
Mother Victoria of Baden
Born (1884-06-17)17 June 1884
Tullgarn Palace, Trosa, Sweden
Died 5 June 1965(1965-06-05) (aged 80)
Stenhammer Castle, Sweden
Swedish Royalty
House of Bernadotte
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Charles XIV John
Children
   Oscar I
Oscar I
Children
   Charles XV
   Gustaf, Duke of Upland
   Oscar II
   Princess Eugenie
   August, Duke of Dalarna
Charles XV
Children
   Lovisa, Queen of Denmark
   Carl Oscar, Duke of Södermanland
Oscar II
Children
   Gustaf V
   Oscar, Duke of Gotland
   Carl, Duke of Västergötland
   Eugen, Duke of Närke
Grandchildren
   Princess Margaretha
   Märtha, Crown Princess of Norway
   Astrid, Queen of Belgium
   Carl, Duke of Östergötland
Gustaf V
Children
   Gustaf VI Adolf
   Vilhelm, Duke of Södermanland
   Erik, Duke of Västmanland
Grandchildren
   Lennart, Duke of Småland
Gustaf VI Adolf
Children
   Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
   Sigvard, Duke of Uppland
   Ingrid, Queen of Denmark
   Bertil, Duke of Halland
   Carl Johan, Duke of Dalarna
Grandchildren
   Princess Margaretha
   Princess Birgitta
   Princess Désirée
   Princess Christina
   Carl XVI Gustaf
Carl XVI Gustaf
Children
   Crown Princess Victoria
   Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland
   Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Grandchildren
   Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
   Leonore, Duchess of Gotland

Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Norway, Carl Wilhelm Ludvig (17 June 1884 - 5 June 1965), Duke of Södermanland, was the second son of King Gustav V of Sweden and his Queen consort Victoria of Baden and authored a large number of books (primarily in Swedish) as Prins Wilhelm.

Personal life[edit]

Wilhelm was born at Tullgarn Palace.

On 3 May 1908, in Tsarskoye Selo Wilhelm married Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia. She was a daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia and Princess Alexandra of Greece, and was a cousin of the reigning Russian tsar, Nicholas II.

Wilhelm and Maria had only one son Prince Lennart, Duke of Småland and later Count Bernadotte af Wisborg (1909–2004).

In his autobiography, Lennart tells of how his grandfather, the King, insisted that the servants call Maria by her correct style Your Imperial and Royal Highness, to some dismay of her husband, who was merely a Royal Highness. The marriage was unhappy. Maria later told people that her husband was a homosexual, though that is not known to be true. The couple divorced in 1914.

Wilhelm had a relationship, which was not publicly known, with Jeanne de Tramcourt from that year until 1952. They lived together for more than 30 years on the estate Stenhammar near Flen. This was at a time when cohabitation was very unusual and not officially allowed to occur among royalty. Jeanne Tramcourt was therefore called his "hostess" at Stenhammar. On January 2, 1952, she died in a car accident in a snowstorm near Stjärnhov in Södermanland, when they were on their way to Stenhammar after visiting Wilhelm's son Lennart. Wilhelm was driving when the accident took place. After this tragedy, he is said never to have recovered.

As Prins Wilhelm he was a noted photographer and the author of several books.[1][2]

He died in Stockholm, aged 80.

The simple grave of Prince Wilhelm and his first daughter-in-law Karin (Nissvandt) Bernadotte in Flen

Arms[edit]

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Wilhelm's coat of arms as prince of Sweden and Norway, Duke of Södermanland 1884 to 1905
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Wilhelm's coat of arms as prince of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland after 1907

Royal role[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 1904 Prince Wilhelm was appointed a Knight of the Norwegian Lion by King Oscar II. The order was never abolished, but discontinued after Norway became independent in 1905.

Foreign

Ancestry[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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. Gustav V of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Luise Karoline Geyer von Geyersberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Sophie of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Frederica of Baden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Victoria of Baden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Frederick William III of Prussia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. William I, German Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Princess Louise of Prussia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Augusta of Saxe-Weimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Maria Pavlovna of Russia
 
 
 
 
 
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amerika från estraden 1928
  2. ^ Känner du landet 1950
  3. ^ "Court Circular" The Times (London). Saturday, 6 July 1901. (36500), p. 12.

External links[edit]

From Paul Theroff's An Online Gotha:

Literature[edit]


Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland
Born: 17 June 1884 Died: 5 June 1965
Swedish royalty
Preceded by
Prince Carl Oscar, Duke of Södermanland
Duke of Södermanland Succeeded by
Vacant