John Ambler

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John Ambler
John Ambler (1964).jpg
John Ambler (1964)
Born John Kenneth Ambler
6 June 1924
Sussex, England
Died 31 May 2008(2008-05-31) (aged 83)
Oxfordshire, England
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Princess Margaretha of Sweden (m. 1964)
Children Baroness Sybilla von Dincklage
Charles Edward Ambler
James Patrick Ambler
Parent(s) Captain Charles Ambler
Louise Cullen
Princess Margaretha and John Ambler with her mother, Princess Sibylla, outside Solliden after the wedding in 1964

John Kenneth Ambler (6 June 1924 – 31 May 2008) was a British businessman married to Princess Margaretha of Sweden.

Ambler was born in Sussex. His parents were Captain Charles Ambler (1896–1954) and Louise Cullen (1895–1980).

Princess Margaretha and John Ambler were married in Gärdslösa Church, Öland, on 30 June 1964.[1][2] The couple then lived in England, first in London and later at Chippinghurst Manor outside Oxford. They had three children: Sybilla Louise (b. London, 14 April 1965), Charles Edward (b. London, 14 July 1966) and James Patrick (b. Oxford, 10 June 1967).[3]

For many years John Ambler was a director of Atlas Express Ltd (which provided nationwide parcel delivery services) and managing director of Atlas Air Express. In the late 1950s he used Freddie Laker's Channel Air Bridge car ferry flights from Southend to Rotterdam and Ostend and working with continental hauliers established 'TRUKAIR', an integrated and fast European delivery network connecting the UK with the Common Market and Scandinavia. This was a pioneering venture ahead of the arrival of daily ro-ro ferry services linking the UK with the Continent.

When business declined the family had to leave Chippinghurst Manor and move to a smaller house. The Amblers often visited the Swedish royal family at Solliden on Öland and John Ambler often participated in King Carl XVI Gustaf's autumn hunts.[3]

The couple separated in 1996, but continued to be married. Ambler suffered from poor health for a number of years and spent his last ten years in a nursing home in Oxfordshire.[3]


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  1. ^ "John Ambler weds his Princess", Evening Times, 30 June 1964, p. 1.
  2. ^ "Swedish Princess Is Wed to British Businessman", The New York Times, 1 July 1964.
  3. ^ a b c Svensk Damtidning, issue 25, 2008, page 6
  4. ^ Trondni
  5. ^ Wedding