Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld

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Princess Désirée
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Désirée prior to the wedding of her niece Madeleine in June 2013
Spouse Baron Nils August Silfverschiöld (m. 1964)
Issue Baron Carl Otto Silfverschiöld
Baroness Kristina-Louise De Geer
Baroness Hèléne Silfverschiöld
Full name
Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla
House House of Bernadotte
Father Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Mother Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Born (1938-06-02) 2 June 1938 (age 77)
Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
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HM The King
HM The Queen


HRH Princess Birgitta

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 brother is King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Biography[edit]

Princess Desiree was born and grew up at the family home, Haga Palace outside Stockholm with her three sisters; together they were known as the Haga Princesses. She was named after her ancestor Queen Desideria of Sweden, and after her mother Sibylla.

Marriage and children[edit]

Princess Désirée at her wedding.

Princess Désirée's engagement to Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld, born at Koberg Castle, Sweden on 31 May 1934, son of Baron Carl Silfverschiöld and wife Madeleine Bennich, was announced on 18 December 1963, and the couple married the next year on 5 June 1964 in Storkyrkan in Stockholm. As a result of her non-royal marriage, she lost her style of Royal Highness, by the King was given the courtesy Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld. Under the Swedish constitution of that time, she, as a woman, and her descendants were not eligible to inherit the throne. Thus they still are not.

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

  • Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (b. Göteborg, 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 Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (b. Göteborg, 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. Göteborg, 20 September 1968), who in 1976 was a bridesmaid at the weddings of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian.[1]

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 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.[2]

Silfverschiöld lives in the family's home at Castle Koberg and at Gasevadholm Castle in Halland.[3] She takes part in Swedish Royal Family events. Princess Désirée and Baron Silfverschiöld are 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.[4] Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld is Crown Princess Victoria's godmother.

Honours[edit]

See also List of honours of the Swedish Royal Family by country

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

Ancestry[edit]

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