Princess Margaretha of Sweden

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Princess Margaretha
Princess Axel of Denmark
Princess Margaretha of Sweden.jpg
Margaretha in the year of her marriage, 1919
Born(1899-06-25)25 June 1899
Stora Parkudden, Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden
Died4 January 1977(1977-01-04) (aged 77)
Tranemosegård, Fakse, Zealand, Denmark
Prince Axel of Denmark
(m. 1919; died 1964)
IssuePrince George Valdemar
Count Flemming Valdemar of Rosenborg
Full name
Margaretha Sofia Lovisa Ingeborg
FatherPrince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
MotherPrincess Ingeborg of Denmark

Princess Margaretha of Sweden (Margaretha Sofia Lovisa Ingeborg; 25 June 1899 – 4 January 1977) was a member of the Swedish Royal Family and a Princess of Denmark by marriage. She was the elder sister of Crown Princess Märtha of Norway and Queen Astrid of Belgium.

Early life[edit]

The eldest child and daughter of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, she was born Princess Margaretha of Sweden and Norway (later just "of Sweden", due to the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905) in Stockholm.

In 1916 Margaretha's confirmation attracted enthusiastic press coverage; the event was said to mark the beginning of a new age for the Swedish royal house, which had lacked princesses for so long.

Marriage and family[edit]

On 22 May 1919, at the Storkyrkan, Stockholm, she was married to Prince Axel of Denmark, her maternal first cousin once removed. The marriage was a love match; her mother remarked that the couple were so much in love that they could not be left alone in a furnished room.[1] Her wedding was celebrated with great festivities in Stockholm.

They had two sons:

She was a maternal aunt of King Harald V of Norway and Kings Baudouin and Albert II of Belgium; and grandaunt of King Philippe of Belgium and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.


Margaretha adjusted herself well in Denmark, which she had often visited on family occasions during her upbringing. She lived a private life devoted to her family on the estate Bernstorffshøj in Gentofte and generally avoided publicity, and kept in close contact with her relations abroad. She was interested in social issues in Sweden, and became the patron of several charity organisations in Denmark, and was the chairperson of Gentofte Børnevenner.

She was a leading guest at the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.[2]

After the death of her sister Queen Astrid of Belgium in 1935, she became a great support for her sister's children in Belgium. Also after the death of her other sister, the Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha in 1954, she became a great support for her sister's children in Norway; she was the godmother of princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

Her spouse died in 1964. As a widow, she was often back in Sweden, where she would join other members of the Swedish royal house in representative duties at official ceremonies — most notably, the Nobel Prize. To her family, she was affectionately known as "Tante Ta" ("Aunt Ta").

She died in Kongsted, near Fakse, Denmark, in 1977.


The popular Swedish layer cake princess cake was named for Margaretha and her two sisters when they were children.

Titles and arms[edit]

Styles of
Princess Margaretha of Denmark
Reference styleHer Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
  • 25 June 1899 – 7 June 1905: Her Royal Highness Princess Margaretha of Sweden and Norway
  • 7 June 1905 – 22 May 1919: Her Royal Highness Princess Margaretha of Sweden
  • 22 May 1919 – 4 January 1977: Her Royal Highness Princess Axel of Denmark
Armoiries de la Princesse Marguerite du Danemark.svg
Marital arms of Princess Margaretha
of Sweden and Denmark
Coat of Arms of the Princess Axel of Denmark (Order of the Seraphim).svg
Arms as displayed in Riddarholmen Church
in Stockholm



  1. ^ Staffan Skott: Alla dessa Bernadottar (All these Bernadottes) (1996) (in Swedish)
  2. ^ "A Royal Wedding, 20 November 1947". Royal Collection. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  • "Margaretha". Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon (in Swedish). Retrieved 2014-03-06.