Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld

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Princess Désirée
Baroness Silfverschiöld
Prinsessan Désirée (cropped).jpg
Silfverschiöld prior to the wedding of her niece Madeleine in June 2013
Born (1938-06-02) 2 June 1938 (age 79)
Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden
Spouse Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld
(m. 1964 - 2017; his death)
Issue Baron Carl Silfverschiöld
Baroness Christina-Louise Silfverschiöld
Baroness Hélène Silfverschiöld
Full name
Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla
House Bernadotte
Father Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Mother Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla; born 2 June 1938) is the third child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and granddaughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. Her younger brother is King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Early life[edit]


Désirée was born on 2 June 1938 as the second daughter and child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten (son of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and his late wife Princess Margaret of United Kingdom) and his wife Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (daughter of Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his wife Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein).


Desiree was Christened on 30 June 1938 at Solna Church in the Solna Municipality of Stockholm, Sweden;[1] She was given the names: Desiree after her great-4x grandmother Queen Desideria and Sibylla after her mother Princess Sibylla]]


She grew up at the family home, Haga Palace outside Stockholm, with her three sisters; together they were known as the Haga Princesses.

Marriage and children[edit]

The Silfverschiöld couple after their wedding.

Désirée's engagement to Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld, (31 May 1934 – 11 April 2017), son of Baron Carl Silfverschiöld and wife Madeleine Bennich, was announced on 18 December 1963, and the couple married on 5 June 1964 in Storkyrkan in Stockholm. As a result of her non-royal marriage, she lost her style of Royal Highness and her position as a princess of Sweden,[citation needed] but was given the courtesy Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld by the King. Under the Swedish constitution of that time, she, as a woman, and her descendants were not eligible to inherit the throne. When this was later changed to absolute primogeniture the right of succession was limited to the descendants of her brother, King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld's marriage has produced three children and four grandchildren:

  • Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (b. Gothenburg, 22 March 1965) married in the presence of the complete Royal family in 2005 to Maria Fredriksson (b. Slottsstaden, Malmö, 12 April 1965). They have one daughter.
  • Baroness Christina-Louise Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (b. Gothenburg, 29 September 1966), married Baron Hans de Geer af Finspång (b. Stockholm, 26 January 1963). They have three children.
  • Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiöld (b. Gothenburg, 20 September 1968), who in 1976 was a bridesmaid at the weddings of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, and of Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian.[2]

Representative duties[edit]

In November 1960, Désirée accompanied her elder sister Princess Birgitta for a visit to the United States on behalf of their grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf for the 50th anniversary of The American-Scandinavian Foundation. In their honour a ball was organised for the two princesses at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in Chicago by Mayor Richard Daley.[3]

Since she got married Silfverschiöld lives in the family's home at Koberg Castle and at Gåsevadholm Castle in Halland.[4] She takes part in Swedish Royal Family events. She and Baron Silfverschiöld were occasionally invited to state dinners and receptions in Sweden.

With her family, she was a guest at the 2010 Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling, where her grandson Ian was a pageboy.[5] Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld is Crown Princess Victoria's godmother.


Désirée's original coat of arms when she was a princess of Sweden.

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]



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  2. ^ "Finaste gåvan får Carl Philip" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  3. ^ "November 3, 1960 - 2 Princesses Will Visit Chicago". 1960-11-03. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Gasevadholm". Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  5. ^ "Royal wedding guest list published". Stockholm News. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  6. ^ a b, Princess Desiree wearing the Royal Order of Seraphim and Royal Decoration of Carl XVI Gustaf
  7. ^ a b, Princess Desiree wearing the Royal Order of Seraphim and Royal Decoration of King Gustaf VI Adolf
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  9. ^ a b, Princess Desiree wearing the Royal Order of Seraphim and Royal Decoration of Gustaf VI Adolf
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