Princess Birgitta of Sweden

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Princess Birgitta
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Birgitta at the wedding of her niece Madeleine on 8 June 2013
Spouse Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
Issue Prince Carl Christian
Princess Désirée
Prince Hubertus
Full name
Birgitta Ingeborg Alice
House House of Bernadotte
Father Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Mother Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Born (1937-01-19) 19 January 1937 (age 78)
Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
Greater coat of arms of Sweden (without ermine mantling).svg

HM The King
HM The Queen

HRH Princess Birgitta

Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern (Birgitta Ingeborg Alice, born 19 January 1937) is a Swedish princess, an elder sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.


Born at Haga Palace in Stockholm, she is the second child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, and a granddaughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf. Her sisters are Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, and Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson. She is a first cousin of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Birgitta is the estranged wife of HSH Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern.

Among her sisters she alone married a man of princely status, and, in keeping with the tradition that princesses who marry princes retain their royal status, Princess Birgitta retained her Swedish style of Royal Highness.[1] A princess of Hohenzollern would normally be entitled to the lesser style of Serene Highness.


Princess Birgitta in 1958

On a visit in 1959 to friends and relatives in Germany, the princess met her future husband at a cocktail party.

On 15 December 1960, her engagement to Johann Georg Carl Leopold Eitel-Friedrich Meinrad Maria Hubertus Michael, Prince of Hohenzollern (b. 1932), was announced.

The civil ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on 25 May 1961, and the religious in the Sankt Johann Church at the bridegroom's Family Palace of Sigmaringen on 30 May/ 31 July 1961. The bridesmaids were the bride’s sister Princess Christina and cousin Princess Benedikte of Denmark; the groomsmen were the bride's brother Crown Prince Carl Gustaf and her cousin Count Michael Bernadotte of Wisborg (son of Count Sigvard Bernadotte of Wisborg).[2]

Birgitta converted to the Catholic Church when she married the Hohenzollern prince and thus she and her children have been ineligible for succession to the Swedish throne even when new constitutional regulations took effect in Sweden in 1979 and 1980.

Prince Johann Georg and Princess Birgitta separated in 1990, though they remain legally married. She lives on the island of Majorca in Spain, while her husband lives in Munich.

Public life[edit]

Princess Birgitta has had assignments for golf and charities outside of Sweden and is an Honorary Board Member of the (British) Royal Swedish Golfing Society,[3] a position she took over when her uncle Prince Bertil died.

She has her own golf competition in Majorca, the Princess Birgitta Trophy, at her home golf course.

She participates in the celebrations of the Swedish Lucia every year, and in the party held at her golf club on Sweden’s National Day.

She also takes part in Swedish royal family events; with her husband and children, she was a guest at the 2010 Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling,[4] and at Princess Madeleine's wedding in 2013.[5]


Birgitta's arms since marrying Prince Johann Georg

Princess Birgitta's marriage has produced three children:

  • HSH Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (b. 5 April 1962 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany), married in 1999 to Nicole Helene Neschitsch (b. 22 January 1968 in Munich). They have one son:
    • HSH Prince Nicolas Johann Georg Maria of Hohenzollern (b. 1999).
  • HSH Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern (b. Munich, Bavaria, Germany 27 November 1963); married firstly in 1990 to Heinrich Franz Josef Georg Maria, Hereditary Count of Ortenburg (b. Bamberg 1956);[6] three children; divorced in 2002. Married secondly in 2004 to Eckbert von Bohlen und Halbach (b. 1956):
    • Hereditary Count Carl-Theodor Georg Philipp Maria of Ortenburg (b. 1992);
    • Count Frederik Hubertus Ferdinand Maria of Ortenburg (b. 1995);
    • Countess Carolina Maria Franziska Christina Stephanie of Ortenburg (b. 1997).
  • HSH Prince Hubertus of Hohenzollern (b. Munich, Bavaria, Germany 10 June 1966), married in 2000 to Uta Maria König (b. Trier 25 February 1964). The couple had a son, who died a few days later, and then adopted a daughter:
    • HSH Prince Lennart Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (born on 10 January 2001 and died on 14 January 2001);
    • Vivianne von Hohenzollern (b. 2009).

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Styles of
Princess Birgitta of Sweden
Armes des Princesses Brigitte, Margaretha et Désirée de Suède.svg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
  • 19 January 1937 – 25 May 1961: Her Royal Highness Princess Birgitta of Sweden
  • 25 May 1961 – Present: Her Royal Highness Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern


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