Count Lennart Bernadotte of Wisborg
|Prince Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg|
Prince Lennart (then Count Bernadotte) on his yacht at Gripsholm with grandson Friedrich, August, 1965. Photo: John Rusek.
|Spouse||Karin Nissvandt (m.1932–1972)
Sonja Haunz (m.1972–2004)
|House||House of Bernadotte|
|Father||Prince Vilhelm, Duke of Södermanland|
|Mother||Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia|
8 May 1909|
Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
|Died||21 December 2004
Schloss Mainau, Mainau, Lake Constance, Germany
Prince Lennart Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg, né Prince Gustaf Lennart Nicolaus Paul of Sweden (8 May 1909 – 21 December 2004), a grandson of King Gustaf V of Sweden, was until 1932 a Prince of Sweden and the Duke of Småland.
He was born at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, to Prince Wilhelm of Sweden (Gustaf V's second son) and Wilhelms's wife, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (he was her first husband). His father's first cousin was Count Folke Bernadotte, and his own first cousin was the father of King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Under the Swedish Act of Succession, a prince or princess marrying without the consent of the Sovereign and government forfeits the right of succession for themselves and their descendants. They give up their titles and assume the family name of Bernadotte. By his marriage on 11 March 1932 he was subsequently stripped of his title, renounced his rights and became Mr. Lennart Bernadotte.
Since 1868, Swedish princes who have lost their succession rights have received noble titles conferred by other reigning monarchs. On 2 July 1951, for himself, his wife and his marital descendants, Bernadotte was admitted by Grand Duchess Charlotte (head of state at the time) into the Nobility of Luxembourg and there as a nobleman called Gustaf Lennart Nicolas Paul Prince Bernadotte as well as Compte de Wisborg. This has been interpreted as the same right to style himself as Prince Bernadotte that his granduncle Oscar had. Counts of Wisborg are considered to be part of the Swedish unintroduced nobility.
Lennart Bernadotte concentrated his energy on his estate on the island of Mainau in Lake Constance, Germany, where he died, and on his charitable fund, the Lennart Bernadotte Stiftung. He was considered a major gardening and landscaping talent and expert and turned his island into a popular tourist attraction.
Bernadotte first married Karin Nissvandt (1911-1991) in 1932. They were divorced in 1972 after having one son (Jan) and three daughters (Birgitta, Marie-Louise, and Cecilia). Later that year he married Sonja Anita Maria Haunz (1944-2008). They had two sons (Bjorn and Christian) and three daughters (Bettina, Catharina, and Diana).
Bernadotte died in 2004. His remains and those of his second wife were interred in a crypt under the palace chapel on Mainau. His first wife's remains have been buried in his father's grave in Flen.
- Mémorial du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg No 48, Government of Luxembourg, 13 August 1951, entry dated 18 July 1951
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