Prince Carl Bernadotte

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Prince Bernadotte
Prince Carl in the 1930s
Born (1911-01-10)10 January 1911
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 27 June 2003(2003-06-27) (aged 92)
Málaga, Spain
Spouse Countess Elsa von Rosen
(m. 1937; div. 1951)
Ann Margareta Larsson
(m. 1954; div. 1961)
Kristine Rivelsrud
(m. 1978)
Issue Countess Madeleine Bernadotte
Full name
Carl Gustaf Oscar Fredrik Christian
House Bernadotte
Father Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
Mother Princess Ingeborg of Denmark

Carl Gustaf Oscar Fredrik Christian, Prince Bernadotte (10 January 1911 – 27 June 2003), originally Prince Carl, Duke of Östergötland, was the youngest child and only son of Prince Carl of Sweden and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark and eventually a prince of the Belgian nobility. To distinguish himself from his father, he was widely known as Carl Junior. He was the brother of Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Queen Astrid of Belgium and Crown Princess Märtha of Norway.

Marriage and loss of status[edit]

When Prince Carl married Countess Elsa von Rosen (1904–1991), on 6 July 1937 at Kvillinge, Sweden, he had to relinquish his succession rights and his royal titles. She was the daughter of one Count von Rosen and ex-wife of another Count von Rosen. Bernadotte's brother-in-law, King Leopold III of Belgium, conferred upon him the title of Prince Bernadotte in the Belgian nobility on the same date, with the right to a comital title for his male-line descendants. He had one daughter, called Countess Madeleine Bernadotte (born Stockholm, 8 October 1938), and divorced his wife in 1951.

He married secondly Ann Margareta Larsson (1921–1975) at Danderyd, Sweden, on 1 November 1954. They divorced in 1961 without issue. His third and final marriage took place at the Embassy of Sweden in Rabat, Morocco, on 8 June 1978, when he married Kristine Rivelsrud.[1][2]

Bernadotte died at the age of 92 on 27 June 2003 in Málaga, Spain. He was the last surviving grandchild of Oscar II of Sweden and the last surviving great-grandchild of Oscar I of Sweden. His widow, Princess Kristine Bernadotte, died at their home at Villa Capricornio in Benalmadena, Spain, on 4 November 2014 at the age of 82, without issue.[3][4]

The Huseby scandal[edit]

Carl Bernadotte was at the center of the Huseby scandal that occurred in the late 1950s in Sweden amidst a great deal of publicity. Bernadotte and other suspects had gained the trust of Florence Stephens, a wealthy elderly heiress of a large estate near Växjö in southern Sweden. A complex set of criminal transactions led to the ruin of Stephens and brought Bernadotte and the others to court. Bernadotte was acquitted, in spite of his full confession – it was considered that he had no criminal intent. Bernadotte left Sweden shortly after the trial and spent the rest of his life in Spain.


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Arms of Prince Carl, Duke of Östergötland
from 1911 to 1937
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Bernadotte's arms after 1937[5][6]



  1. ^ a b c d "Prince Carl Bernadotte". The Daily Telegraph. 2003-07-17. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  2. ^ Holst Poulsen, Victoria Rogena (2014-11-16). "Swedish and Norwegian royals at funeral of Princess Kristine". Royalista. Archived from the original on 2014-12-08. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Una princesa en Málaga: Fue la tercera esposa de Carlos, con quien siempre vivió en Villa Capricornio, en Benalmádena". La Vanguardia. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  4. ^ Isaksen, Trond Norén (2014-11-10). "Nekrolog: Prinsesse Kristine Bernadotte". Aftenposten. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  5. ^ Nordenvall, Per (1998). Kungliga Serafimerorden: 1748-1998 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Kungl. Maj:ts orden. p. 440. ISBN 91-630-6744-7. LIBRIS 8364835. 
  6. ^ Berghman, Arvid (1944). Dynastien Bernadottes vapen och det svenska riksvapnet. Skrifter / utgivna av Riksheraldikerämbetet, 99-2298099-1 ; 1 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Svensk litteratur. pp. 71–72 & 117–118. LIBRIS 1166850.