Prince Oscar Bernadotte

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Prince Oscar Bernadotte
Count of Wisborg
prev. Duke of Gotland
Oscar Bernadotte, Svenskt porträttgalleri.jpg
Born (1859-11-15)15 November 1859
Palace of the Hereditary Prince, Stockholm, Sweden
Died 4 October 1953(1953-10-04) (aged 93)
Stockholm, Sweden
Spouse Ebba Munck af Fulkila
Issue Countess Maria Bernadotte of Wisborg
Count Carl Oscar Bernadotte of Wisborg
Countess Ebba Sophia Bernadotte of Wisborg
Countess Elsa Bernadotte of Wisborg
Count Folke Bernadotte of Wisborg
Full name
Oscar Carl August
House Bernadotte
Father Oscar II
Mother Sofia of Nassau

Prince Oscar Carl August Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (15 November 1859 – 4 October 1953) was the second son of King Oscar II of Sweden and Sofia of Nassau. He was born Prince of Sweden and Norway, and after the Norwegian secession from Sweden, he was Prince Oscar, Duke of Gotland.


Through Oscar's marriage in Bournemouth on 15 March 1888 to Swedish noblewoman Ebba Munck af Fulkila, lady-in-waiting to the Crown Princess, without the consent of his father, the King, he gave up his right of succession to the Swedish throne and his royal title.

Ebba was a lady-in-waiting of the crown princess, Victoria of Baden, who in 1885 visited her brother-in-law in Amsterdam, where he was to undergo a medical examination. Ebba and Oscar visited the Norwegian sailor church during their stay in Amsterdam and fell in love: Ebba was religious and influenced Oscar in this regard. When Oscar told his family that he wished to marry Ebba, they were scandalized and he was forced to take a two years consideration period, and Ebba was dismissed as a lady-in-waiting. In 1887, Oscar told his family that he had not changed his mind, and the royal house gave its consent to the marriage on condition that Oscar's brothers signed a document promising that they should never enter a similar marriage, which they did. On 21 January 1888, a ball was arranged on the Royal Palace of Stockholm where Ebba and Oscar were allowed to dance with each other, and on 29 January 1888, the engagement was formally announced. The match was regarded as a great sorrow within the royal house, but it received a lot of sympathy from the public. It was said that a bridge had been placed between the people and the royal house: "The Munck bridge", and the fact that Oscar had to give up his royal title made people say that the king no longer had four sons but only three, as one of them "married and had to quit". When the couple left Stockholm, a large crowd had gathered on the train station to see them off and show their support.

They were married 15 March 1888 in St Stephen's Church in Bournemouth in England by the vicar Gustaf Beskow, who was close to the queen, Sofia of Nassau, in the presence of Oscar's mother, Queen Sophia, two of his brothers, Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke and his cousin, the Danish crown princess Louise of Sweden, as well as the mother and brother of Ebba.

He and his wife were invested with the new titles of Prince and Princess Bernadotte on their wedding day.[1] It has never been determined if this was a title of nobility or another form of unofficial courtesy title (such as some later dynasty members have been given). On 2 April 1892 he and his wife, as Prince and Princess Bernadotte,[2] were admitted into the nobility of Luxembourg and also given a hereditary title as Count of Wisborg by Oscar's uncle Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, previously Duke of Nassau. Wisborg was derived from Visborg, castle ruins in Oscar's former Duchy of Gotland.

Personal life[edit]

His wife was the daughter of Carl Jacob Munck af Fulkila and wife baroness Henrika Ulrika Antoinetta Cederström. They had five children;

He was the last surviving son of Oscar II.


Coat of arms of Oscar of Sweden, duke of Gotland (1859-1892).svg
Arms as Prince of Sweden and Norway,
Duke of Gotland
Coats of arms of Prince Oscar, Comte of Wisborg (1892).svg
Oscar's arms as
Count of Wisborg (1892)[3]


16. Jean Henri Bernadotte
8. Charles XIV John of Sweden
17. Jeanne de Saint Vincent
4. Oscar I of Sweden
18. François Clary
9. Désirée Clary
19. Françoise Rose Somis
2. Oscar II of Sweden
20. Alexandre, vicomte de Beauharnais
10. Eugène de Beauharnais
21. Joséphine Tascher de la Pagerie
5. Josephine of Leuchtenberg
22. Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria
11. Princess Augusta of Bavaria
23. Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt
1. Prince Oscar, Duke of Gotland
24. Karl Christian of Nassau-Weilburg
12. Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
25. Princess Carolina of Orange-Nassau
6. William, Duke of Nassau
26. Wilhelm Georg, Burgrave of Kirchberg
13. Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg
27. Princess Isabella Auguste of Reuss
3. Sofia of Nassau
28. Frederick I of Württemberg
14. Prince Paul of Württemberg
29. Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
7. Princess Pauline of Württemberg
30. Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
15. Katharina Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen
31. Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz


  1. ^ Burke's Royal Families of the World vol. I 1977, p. 512.
  2. ^ original decree
  3. ^ Berghman, Arvid (1944). Dynastien Bernadottes vapen och det svenska riksvapnet. Skrifter / utgivna av Riksheraldikerämbetet, 99-2298099-1 ; 1 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Svensk litteratur. pp. 69, 117. LIBRIS 1166850. 

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