Alice Sommerlath

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Alice Sommerlath
Alice Soares de Toledo

(1906-05-25)25 May 1906
Died9 March 1997(1997-03-09) (aged 90)
Spouse(s)Walther Sommerlath
ChildrenRalf Sommerlath
Walther Ludwig Sommerlath
Hans Jörg Sommerlath
Silvia, Queen of Sweden
Grave of Walther and Alice Sommerlath

Alice de Toledo Sommerlath (née Alice Soares de Toledo; 25 May 1906 – 9 March 1997) was the mother of Queen Silvia, consort of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Early life[edit]

Sommerlath was born in the municipality of São Manuel in the Brazilian state of São Paulo,[1][2] she was the youngest child and only daughter of Elisa Novais Soares (1881–1928) and her husband Arthur Floriano de Toledo (1873–1935).

Marriage and later life[edit]

On 10 December 1925, Alice Soares de Toledo married at Santa Cecília, São Paulo to German entrepreneur Walther Sommerlath (1901–1990), eventually moving to Germany with him. There, the couple had four children:

From 1937 through 1947, they lived in Berlin.[3]

From 1947 to 1957, the family lived in São Paulo, where Sommerlath's husband held positions such as president of the Brazilian subsidiary of Swedish company Uddeholm AB.[4] In 1957, the Sommerlaths returned to Heidelberg.

Sommerlath was widowed in October 1990. She suffered from heart trouble and senile dementia[4] and died at Drottningholm Palace in Ekerö Municipality, west of Stockholm in 1997.[4] Her remains were buried in Heidelberg beside her husband's.[4]


  1. ^ "Ancestry of Queen Silvia of Sweden (b. 1943)". 2012-12-04. Archived from the original on 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ Genealogia de Alice Soares de Toledo (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ "The Queen speaks about the report relating to her father, Walther Som…". 2018-12-10. Archived from the original on 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  4. ^ a b c d "Aftonbladet nyheter: Silvia ärver 57000 efter mamma". 2018-12-10. Archived from the original on 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2018-12-10.

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