Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson

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Princess Christina
Prinsessan Christina, fru Magnuson.jpg
Christina prior to the wedding of her niece Madeleine in June 2013
Spouse Tord Magnuson
Issue Gustaf Magnuson
Oscar Magnuson
Victor Magnuson
Full name
Christina Louise Helena
House House of Bernadotte
Father Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Mother Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Born (1943-08-03) 3 August 1943 (age 71)
Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden
Christina (in front) at play with her sisters in 1945.

Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, LoK av KMO (Christina Louise Helena, born 3 August 1943) is the youngest of four older sisters of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. She does business as Christina Magnuson.

Early life[edit]

Princess Christina was born at Haga Palace outside Stockholm. She is the fourth child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and granddaughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden.

Marriage and family[edit]

She met her future husband at a lunch in Stockholm in 1961; he is Tord Gösta Magnuson (born Stockholm, 7 April 1941), son of Lennart Magnuson and wife Gerda Klemming. Princess Christina's engagement to Tord Magnuson, was announced in 1974.

The couple married on 15 June 1974 in the Palace Church of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Princess Christina wore the Connaught tiara, part of the Swedish royal family jewels [1] and a wedding gown from the Stockholm couture school, Märtaskolan.[2]

Because of her unequal marriage, she gave up her style of Royal Highness and received the courtesy title of Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, with the style of Her Excellency as a Knight of the Order of the Elephant 1st Class (16 January 1973). Thus, she and her descendants cannot inherit the Swedish throne.

The couple has three sons:

  • Carl Gustaf Victor Magnuson (born 8 August 1975 in Stockholm), an economist; married to Vicky Elisabeth Andrén.
  • Tord Oscar Frederik Magnuson (born 20 June 1977 in Stockholm), an eyewear designer;[3] married to Emma Emelie Charlotta Ledent.
  • Victor Edmund Lennart Magnuson (born 10 September 1980 in Stockholm), in a relationship with Frida Louise Bergström (2014).[citation needed]

Royal duties[edit]

Princess Christina lives in Stockholm together with her husband who accompanies her on royal family engagements. Between the death of her mother in 1972, and her brother's marriage in 1976, she was the only royal princess in Sweden and acted as the country's first lady.

Though no longer royal, she remains an active member of the King's family and occasionally performs engagements of an official nature, attending events such as the Nobel Prize ceremonies.

She was Chairman of the Swedish Red Cross for 9 years.

Titles and Styles[edit]

  • 3 August 1943 – 15 June 1974: Her Royal Highness Princess Christina of Sweden
  • 15 June 1974 – present: Her Excellency Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, LoK av KMO

Honours[edit]

See also List of honours of the Swedish Royal Family by country

Magnuson's original coat of arms when she was a princess of Sweden

Swedish honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Salvation Army[edit]

  • Salvation Army Cross of the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service for exceptional service rendered to the Army by non-Salvationists [12]

Health[edit]

On December 19, 2010, it was announced that Princess Christina had been diagnosed with breast cancer the previous spring and had already undergone surgery three times to combat it.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Order of Splendor; The Connaught Tiara http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/tiara-thursday-connaught-tiara.html
  2. ^ "Haga princesses". Order of Splendor. 
  3. ^ http://www.oscarmagnuson.com/spectacles/
  4. ^ Noblesse et Royautés, King's sisters attending Victoria's wedding, 19 June 2010, Group photo
  5. ^ Ruby Jubilee in Sweden
  6. ^ Gallery on www.theroyalforums.com, State visit of President Johannes Rau in Sweden in 2003 : Christina's photo
  7. ^ Icelandese Presidency Website , Magnusson, Christina ; prinsessa ; Svíþjóð ; 1998-11-24 ; Stórkross (= Magnusson, Christina , Sweden, 24 November 1998, Grand Cross)
  8. ^ Portugal
  9. ^ Italian Presidency website, Magnuson S.A.R. Christina la Principessa di Svezia, Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italian
  10. ^ Princess Lilian, Princess Désirée and Princess Christina, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown
  11. ^ The Royal Forums
  12. ^ Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service[unreliable source?]