Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld

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Princess Désirée
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Désirée prior to the wedding of her niece Madeleine in June 2013
Spouse Baron Nils August Silfverschiöld
Issue
Baron Carl Otto Silfverschiöld
Baroness Kristina-Louise Silfverschiöld
Baroness Hèléne Silfverschiöld
Full name
Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla
Father Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Mother Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Born (1938-06-02) 2 June 1938 (age 75)
Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
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HM The King
HM The Queen


HRH Princess Birgitta of Hohenzollern

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla) (born 2 June 1938), was born at Haga Palace outside Stockholm. She is the third child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and granddaughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. She was named after her ancestor Queen Desideria of Sweden, and after her mother Sibylla. Her brother is King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Biography[edit]

Princess Desiree grew up at the family home, Haga Palace with her three sisters; together they were known as the Haga Princesses.

Marriage and children[edit]

Princess Désirée at her wedding.

Princess Désirée's engagement to Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld, born at Koberg Castle, Sweden on 31 May 1934, son of Baron Carl Silfverschiöld and wife Madeleine Bennich, was announced on 18 December 1963, and the couple married the next year on 5 June 1964 in Storkyrkan in Stockholm. As a result of her non-royal marriage, she lost her style of Royal Highness, was named Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld and neither she nor her descendants can inherit the Swedish throne.

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld's marriage has produced three children:

  • Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiöld (b. Göteborg, 20 September 1968), who was a bridesmaid at the wedding of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden in 1976, and in the same year also for Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian of Sweden, Helene's godmother.[2]

Representavive duties[edit]

Princess Désirée lives in the Silfvershiöld family's home at Castle Koberg and at Gasevadholm Castle in Halland.[3] She takes part in Swedish Royal Family events. Princess Désirée and Baron Silfverschiöld are occasionally invited to state dinners and receptions in Sweden.

With her family, she was a guest at the 2010 Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling, where her grandson Ian was a pageboy.[4] Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld is Crown Princess Victoria's godmother.

Honours[edit]

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

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

Swedish honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

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