Princess Margaretha of Sweden

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the present-day Princess Margaretha, refer to Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler.
Princess Margaretha
PrincessMargarethaSweden.jpg
Margaretha in the year of her marriage, 1919
Spouse Prince Axel of Denmark
Issue Prince George Valdemar
Prince Flemming
Full name
Margaretha Sofia Lovisa Ingeborg
House House of Bernadotte
Father Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
Mother Princess Ingeborg of Denmark
Born (1899-06-25)25 June 1899
Stora Parkudden, Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden
Died 4 January 1977(1977-01-04) (aged 77)
Tranemosegård, Fakse, Zealand Denmark
Swedish Royalty
House of Bernadotte
Bernadotte coa.svg
Charles XIV John
Children
   Oscar I
Oscar I
Children
   Charles XV
   Prince Gustaf, Duke of Uppland
   Oscar II
   Princess Eugenie
   Prince August, Duke of Dalarna
Charles XV
Children
   Lovisa, Queen of Denmark
   Prince Carl Oscar, Duke of Södermanland
Oscar II
Children
   Gustaf V
   Prince Oscar, Duke of Gotland
   Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
   Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke
Grandchildren
   Margaretha, Princess Axel of Denmark
   Märtha, Crown Princess of Norway
   Astrid, Queen of Belgium
   Prince Carl, Duke of Östergötland
Gustaf V
Children
   Gustaf VI Adolf
   Prince Vilhelm, Duke of Södermanland
   Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland
Grandchildren
   Prince Lennart, Duke of Småland
Gustaf VI Adolf
Children
   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
Grandchildren
   Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler
   Birgitta, Princess Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
   Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld
   Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson
   Carl XVI Gustaf
Carl XVI Gustaf
Children
   Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland
   Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland
   Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Grandchildren
   Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
   Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland

Princess Margaretha of Sweden (Margaretha Sofia Lovisa Ingeborg; 25 June 1899 – 4 January 1977) was a member of the Swedish Royal Family and a Princess of Denmark by marriage.

Early life[edit]

The eldest child of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, she was born Princess Margaretha of Sweden and Norway (later just "of Sweden", due to the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905) in Stockholm.

In 1916 Margaretha's confirmation attracted enthusiastic press coverage; the event was said to mark the beginning of a new age for the Swedish royal house, which had lacked princesses for so long.

Marriage and family[edit]

On 22 May 1919, at the Storkyrkan, Stockholm, she was married to Prince Axel of Denmark, her first cousin once removed. The marriage was a love match; her mother remarked that the couple were so much in love that they could not be left alone in a furnished room.[1] Her wedding was celebrated with great festivities in Stockholm.

She had two children:

Royal duties[edit]

Margaretha adjusted herself well in Denmark, which she had often visited on family occasions during her upbringing. She lived a private life devoted to her family on the estate Bernstorffshøj in Gentofte and generally avoided publicity, and kept in close contact with her relations abroad. She was interested in social issues in Sweden, and became the patron of several charity organisations in Denmark, and was the chairperson of Gentofte Børnevenner.

She was a leading guest at the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.[2]

After the death of her sister, the Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha in 1954, she became a great support for her sister's children in Norway; she was the godmother of princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

Her spouse died in 1964. As a widow, she was often back in Sweden, where she would join other members of the Swedish royal house in representative duties at official ceremonies — most notably, the Nobel Prize.

She died in Kongsted, near Fakse, Denmark, in 1977.

Legacy[edit]

The popular Swedish layer cake princess cake was named for Margaretha and her two sisters when they were children.

Arms[edit]

Armoiries de la Princesse Marguerite du Danemark.svg
Marital arms of Princess Margaretha of Sweden and Denmark
Princesse Margaretha du Danemark.svg
Arms as displayed in Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm

Ancestry[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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. Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. William, Duke of Nassau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Sophie of Nassau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Prince Paul of Württemberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Princess Pauline of Württemberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Princess Katharina Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Princess Margaretha of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Christian IX of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Frederick VIII of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Prince William of Hesse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Louise of Hesse-Kassel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Princess Ingeborg of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Oscar I of Sweden (= 8)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Charles XV of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Josephine of Leuchtenberg (= 9)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Louise of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Prince Frederik of the Netherlands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Princess Louise of the Netherlands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Princess Louise of Prussia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Styles of
Princess Margaretha of Denmark
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staffan Skott: Alla dessa Bernadottar (All these Bernadottes) (1996) (in Swedish)
  2. ^ "A Royal Wedding, 20 November 1947". Royal Collection. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  • "Margaretha". Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon (in Swedish). Retrieved 2014-03-06.