Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland

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Prince Wilhelm
Duke of Södermanland
Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Norway
Spouse Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
Issue Prince Lennart, Duke of Småland
Full name
Carl Wilhelm Ludvig
House House of Bernadotte
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
Bernadotte coa.svg
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

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 de 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]

Following the murder of Kaj Munk on 4 January 1944 the Danish resistance newspaper De frie Danske brought condemning reactions from influential Scandinavians, including Wilhelm.[3]

He died in Stockholm, aged 80.

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


Coat of arms of Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland (1884-1907).svg
Wilhelm's coat of arms as prince of Sweden and Norway, Duke of Södermanland 1884 to 1905
Coat of arms of Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland (1907).svg
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.



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


  1. ^ Amerika från estraden 1928
  2. ^ Känner du landet 1950
  3. ^ "KAJ MUNK IN MEMORIAM". De frie Danske (in Danish). January 1944. p. 6. Retrieved 18 November 2014. Nu er han borte. Myrdet af fire gangstere, en Forbrydelse uden lige. Hvor meningsløst: Ordet dør ikke, fordi man dræber Ordets Forkynder, Aanden knuses ikke af en Revolverkugle. Terror kan aldrig udslette Digterværk, saalidt som den formaar at undertrykke Ideer. Tankens Frihed overvinder selv den væreste Forbrydelse. Kaj Munk blev en Martyr for sit Frihedskrav, men hans skabende Kulturindsats skal leve med stigende Intensitet efter dette. Nordisk Litteratur har Landesorg 
  4. ^ "Court Circular" The Times (London). Saturday, 6 July 1901. (36500), p. 12.

External links[edit]

From Paul Theroff's An Online Gotha:


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