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
House House of Bernadotte
Father Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Mother Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Born (1938-06-02) 2 June 1938 (age 76)
Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
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HM The King
HM The Queen

HRH Princess Birgitta

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, (Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla) (born 2 June 1938) is the third child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and granddaughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. Her brother is King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.


Princess Desiree was born and grew up at the family home, Haga Palace outside Stockholm with her three sisters; together they were known as the Haga Princesses. She was named after her ancestor Queen Desideria of Sweden, and after her mother Sibylla.

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:

  • 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]

Representative 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.


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]



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