Princess Margaretha of Sweden

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For the present-day Princess Margaretha, see Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler.
Princess Margaretha
Princess Axel of Denmark
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Margaretha in the year of her marriage, 1919
Born (1899-06-25)25 June 1899
Stora Parkudden, Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden
Died 4 January 1977(1977-01-04) (aged 77)
Tranemosegård, Fakse, Zealand Denmark
Spouse Prince Axel of Denmark
Issue Prince George Valdemar
Count Flemming Valdemar of Rosenborg
Full name
Margaretha Sofia Lovisa Ingeborg
House Bernadotte
Father Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
Mother Princess 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, the eldest sister of Princess Martha of Sweden, Astrid of Sweden and Prince Carl Bernadotte.

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 paternal grandaunt of King Philippe of Belgium and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.

Activities[edit]

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, 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.

Legacy[edit]

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

Titles and arms[edit]

  • 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
Princesse Margaretha du Danemark.svg
Arms as displayed in Riddarholmen Church
in Stockholm

Ancestry[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Charles XIV John of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Oscar I of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Désirée Clary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Oscar II of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Eugène de Beauharnais
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Josephine of Leuchtenberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Princess Augusta of Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. William, Duke of Nassau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Sophie of Nassau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Prince Paul of Württemberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Princess Pauline of Württemberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Princess Katharina Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Princess Margaretha of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Christian IX of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Frederick VIII of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Prince William of Hesse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Louise of Hesse-Kassel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Princess Ingeborg of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Oscar I of Sweden (= 8)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Charles XV of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Josephine of Leuchtenberg (= 9)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Louise of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Prince Frederik of the Netherlands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Princess Louise of the Netherlands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Princess Louise of Prussia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Styles of
Princess Margaretha of Denmark
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

References[edit]

  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.