Saturday, April 30, 2016

Royal Profile: 70 Facts about King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

  1. Prince Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus of Sweden, The Duke of  Jämtland was born 30 April 1946 as the youngest child of then Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf &  Princess Sibylla of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha {Source}.
  2. He has four older sisters:
    1. Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler(1934)
    2. Princess Brigitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern (1937)
    3. Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (1938)
    4. Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (1943)
  3. Thorough his sisters, he has four brothers-in-law:
    1. John Ambler (1924-2008, m. 1964, separated 1996)
    2. Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld (m 1963)
    3. Prince Johann of Hohenzollern (m. 1961)
    4. Tord Gösta Magnuson (1941, m. 1974)
  4. Through his sisters, he has several nieces and nephews:
    1. Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (1962)
    2. Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern (1963)
    3. Sybilla Louise Ambler, Baroness von Dincklage (1965)
    4. Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (1965)
    5. Charles Edward Ambler (1966)
    6. Prince Hubertus Gustaf of Hohenzollern (1966)
    7. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    8. Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiöld (1968)
    9. James Patrick Ambler (1969)
    10.  Tord Gosta Magnuson (m. 1974)
    11. Carl Gustaf Victor Magnuson (1975)
    12. Tord Oscar Fredrik Magnuson (1977)
    13. Victor Edmund Lennart Magnusson(1980)
  5. Through his sisters, he has several nieces and nephews-in-law:
    1. Baron Henning von Dincklage (1971)
    2. Helen Jane Ross
    3. Ursula Mary Shipley
    4. Baroness Maria Fredriksson Silfverschiöld (m 2005)
    5. Hans Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng
    6. Vicky Magnuson
    7. Emma Magnuson (m.2011)
    8. Frida Louise Bergström
  6. Through his sisters, he has several great nieces and nephews:
    1. Baroness Madeleine Charlotte Margaretha von Dincklage (1999)
    2. Baron Sebastian Eric Henning von Dincklage (2000)
    3. Senna Rose Ambler (2000)
    4. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng(2000)
    5. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
    6. India Tani Ambler (2003)
    7. Lily Elektra Ambler(2003)
    8. Oscar Rufus Ambler(2004)
    9. Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
    10. Baroness Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)
    11. Edmund Magnuson (2012)
    12. Désirée Elfrida Christina Magnuson (2014)
    13. Albert Magnuson
    14. Baby #2 (child of Tord & Emma)
    15. Baby #2 (child of Victor & Frida)
  7. He is the paternal nephew of:
    1. Count Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg (1907-2002)
    2. Queen Ingrid of Denmark (1910-2000)
      1. King Frederick IX of Denmark (1899-1972)
    3. Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (1912-1997)
      1. Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland (1915-2013)
    4. Prince Carl Johan, Duke of Dalarna (1916-2012)
      1. Countess Gunnila Märtha Louise Wachtmeister af Johannishus (1923)
    5. He is the maternal nephew of:
    6. Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1906-1972)
      1. Feodora Freiin von der Horst (1905–1991, m. 1932)
    7. Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1909-1933)
    8. Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1912-1983)
      1. Friedrich Wolfgang Otto, Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen
    9. Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1918-1998)
  8. Thus, he is a first cousin of:
    1. Count Bertram Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1932) 
      1. Felizitas von Auersperg (m. 1954)
    2. Count Conradin Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1933-2001)
      1. Marta Catharina Lonegren(m. 1961)
    3. Caroline Mathilde Adelheid Sibylla Marianne Erika Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1933)
    4. Countess Viktoria Adelheid of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1935)
      1. Flight Captain Max Schnirring (1895-1944)
    5. Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1935-1996)
      1. Gertraude Monika Pfeiffer
    6. Calma Barbara Schnirring (1938)
    7. Peter Albert Friedrich Josias Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1939)
      1. Roswitha Henriette Breuer (m. 1964)
    8. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (1940)
      1. Prince Henrik of Denmark
    9. Dagmar Schnirring (1940)
    10. Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony (1943)
    11. Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg (1944)
      1. Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg
    12. Count Michael Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg (1944)
    13. Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes (1946)
      1. King Constantine II of the Hellenes
    14. Monica Kristina Margaretha Bernadotte (b. 1948, adopted 1951)
    15. Christian Carl Henning Bernadotte (b. 1949, adopted 1950)
    16. Princess Maria Claudia Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1949-2016)
    17. Princess Beatrice Charlotte of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha(1951)
    18. Prince Adrian Vinzenz Eduard of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha(1955-2011)
    19. Through his cousins, he is the 1st cousin 1x removed to:
    20. Sascha Nikolaus Hubertus Berger (1960)
    21. Count Dominik of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1965)
    22. Valesca Walz (1965)
    23. Count Michael of Castell-Rüdenhausen  (1967)
    24. Larissa Walz (1967)
    25. Countess Anne-Charlotte Catharina Victoria of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1962) 
    26. Count Carl-Eduard Friedrich Hubertus of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1964) 
    27. Alice Louise Esther Margot Huntington-Whiteley (1961)
    28. Beatrice Helena Victoria Irene Huntington-Whiteley (1962)
    29. Richard Darrel Berger (1962)
    30. Victor Dean Berger (1964)
    31. Leopold Maurice Huntington-Whiteley (1965)
    32. Samuel Clinton Berger  (1965)
    33. Wesley Berger (1967) 
    34. David Charles (Berger) Cook (1968)
    35. Joi Cook (1981)
  9. He is the 1st cousin 2x removed to:
    1. Count Henrik Michael Frederik of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1982)
    2. Tristan Lee Berger (1984)
    3. Nicole Calma Berger(1984)
    4. Richard Jonathan Ross Wheeler Berger (1985)
    5. Mary Katherine Berger (1985)
    6. Patrick Martin Conradin Rappu (1987)
    7. Henry Alexander Sewell (1988)
    8. Richard Valdemar Rappu (1989)
    9. Benjamin Leopold Sewell (1990)
    10. Fredrik Carl Anton Rappu (1990)
    11. Frederick Francis Thomas Augustus Grant (1999)
    12. Lenz Galambos (1999)
    13. Countess Sarah Carolina Victoria of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1999)
    14. Ludovic William Hubertus Miles Grant (2002)
    15. Rachel Kathryn Faye Berger (2000)
    16. Riley Emily Erin Berger (2001)
    17. Maximilian Elias Berger(2001) 
    18. Count Markus Wilhelm Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (2004)
    19. He is a first cousin 3x removed to:
    20. Fritz Berger (2008)
    21. Zane Berger (2010)
  10. The King's motto is: “For Sweden - With the times"{Source}
  11. His father died when he was only a few months old{Source}.
  12. He and his wife reside at Drottningholm Palace{Source}.
  13. Like his eldest granddaughter and middle grandson are today, he and his sisters grew up in Haga Palace{Source}.
  14. When Gustaf VI Adolf acceded the throne in 1950 after the death of Gustaf V, Prince Carl Gustaf  became Crown Prince Carl Gustaf {Source}.
  15. His grandfather died 23 years later, and Crown Prince Carl Gustaf became King Carl XVI Gustaf{Source}.
  16. He was educated privately at the Royal Palace of Stockholm during his pre-school years{Source}.
  17. He began his education in 1952, attending Broms School, then Sigtuna Boarding School{Source}.
  18. He graduated from upper secondary school in 1966{Source}.
  19. After graduation, he served in the Swedish Military, training in all branches-Army, Navy and Air Force, with a special emphasis on naval training {Source}.
  20. He took part in a long voyage on the mine laying vessel Älvsnabben during the winter of 1966-67{Source}.
  21. The Crown Prince of Sweden passed his Naval Officer Examination in 1968{Source}.
  22. He completed a command course at hte Swedish National Defence College and comlemented his naval training with officer's duties on board various ships of the Swedish Navy{Source}.
  23. In 1968, he began studying a program of History, Sociology, Political Science, Financial Law and Economics,  at the University of Uppsala{Source}.'
  24. He also studied Economics at the University of Stockholm{Source}.
  25. During his studies, he also spent time learning the ways of national and local authorities, industries, factories, laboratories and schools{Source}.
  26. He also studied the Swedish judicial system, social welfare organizations and institutions, trade unions and employer associations, with emphasis on the workings of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament), Government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs{Source}.
  27. To gain some international experience, he participated in the work of the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN in NY in the US{Source}.
  28. He worked with SIDA (The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) in Africa{Source}.
  29. He worked at the Hambro Bank, the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce  in London{Source}.
  30. He also worked at  Alfa Laval Plant in France{Source}.
  31. During this time, he also represented his grandfather on several official occasions{Source}.
  32. In 1970, he headed the Swedish delegation of the World Expostition in Japan{Source}.
  33. During the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in 1972, The Crown Prince met Silvia Renate Sommerlath{Source}.
  34. On 19 June 1976, he married Silvia Sommerlath {Source}.
  35. The night before their wedding, during a royal varitey performance, they were serinated by ABBA and the song Dancing Queen  was played-for his Queen {Source}
  36. With Queen Siliva, he has three children{Source}:
    1. Crown Princess Victoria (1977)
    2. Prince Carl Philip (1979)
    3. Princess Madeleine (1981)
  37. They also have three children-in-law:
    1. Prince Daniel (1973)
    2. Mr. Christopher Paul O'Neill (1974)
    3. Princess Sofia (1984)
  38. King Carl XVI Gustaf has three grandsons:
    1. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf, Duke of Ångermanland (2015)
    2. Prince Oscar Carl Olof, Duke of Skåne (2016)
    3. Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland (2016)
  39. King Carl XVI Gustaf has two granddaughters:
    1. Princess Estelle Siliva Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland (2012)
    2. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland (2014)
  40. King Carl XVI Gustaf is actively involved with organizations that protect the environment, scouting, and technology {Source}.
  41. He is a Principal Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide and Scout Association{Source}..
  42. The Swedish Monarch is Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide Scout Council {Source}. 
  43. He has been Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation since 1977{Source}.
  44. Outside of his royal duties, he has a vast array of interests.
  45. He likes automobiles{Source}.
  46. He is a fan of Nature, Sports and the Outdoors{Source}.
  47. He likes food, the arts and music{Source}.
  48. He also enjoys hunting{Source}.
  49. Every year he participates in Royal hunts at Halle and Hunneberg and in Bergslagen{Source}.
  50. He also participates in the cloven-foot animal hunt at Tullgarn{Source}.
  51. He is a member of the Swedish Academy of Gastronomy{Source}.
  52. The King and his family, in addition to Palaces in Sweden, have private vacation homes in Storlien,Jämtland, Sweden; and Villa Mirage in St. Maxime, France{Source}.
  53. The King is a highly skilled skier{Source}.
  54. He has participated in the Vasa Ski Race three times - in 1977, 1987 and 1997{Source}.
  55. The King likes to drive an old Volvo PV 60 that he received as a present on his 50th birthday{Source}.
  56. He is the godson of:
    1. King Frederick IX of Denmark (paternal uncle)
    2. Queen Ingrid of Denmark (paternal aunt)
  57. He is the patron of the following organizations, just to name a few:
    1. African Medical and Research Foundation Sweden (AMREF)
    2. Allmänna Idrottsklubben (AIK)
    3. Barnens Dags Riksförbund
    4. Centralföreningen för Idrottens Främjande i Sverige
    5. Djurgårdens Hembygdsförening
    6. Friends of the Nationalmuseum
    7. Friends of the Swedish Museum of Natural History
    8. Friluftsfrämjandet
    9. Föreningen Svenska Atheninstitutets Vänner
    10. Föreningen Konstnärernas Vänner
  58. He has made state visits to, among others:
    1. Norway (1974)
    2. Finland (1974)
    3. Denmark (1975)
    4. Iceland (1975)
    5. United Kingdom (1975)
    6. The Netherlands (1976)
    7. Belgium (1977)
    8. USSR (Russia) (1978)
    9. Yugoslavia (1978)
    10. Germany (1979)
    11. Austria (1979)
    12. Japan (1980)
    13. France (1980)
    14. Tanzania (1981)
  59. Through his mother, he is Queen Victoria's greatx2 grandson.
  60. Through his father, he is Queen Victoria's greatx2 grandson.
  61. Thus his parents are 2nd cousins.
  62. In addition to Swedish National Honors, he holds honors from:
    1. Austria
    2. Belgium
    3. Brazil
    4. Brunei 
    5. Bulgaria
    6. Chilie
    7. Denmark
    8. Egypt
    9. Estonia
    10. Finland
    11. France
    12. Germany
    13. Greece
    14. Hungary
    15. Iceland
    16. Iran
    17. Italy
    18. Japan
    19. Jordan
    20. Latvia
    21. Lithuania
    22. Luxembourg
    23. Maylasia
    24. Mexico
    25. The Netherlands
    26. Norway
    27. Poland
    28. Portugal
    29. Slovakia
    30. Solvenia
    31. South Africa
    32. South Korea
    33. Spain
    34. Thailand
    35. Turkey
    36. Ukraine
    37. United Kingdom
    38. Yugoslaiva
  63. He is a recipient of the  Philippines: Mount Makiling Award.
  64. He is also a recipient of the World Organization of the Scout Movement: Bronze Wolf Award
  65. Since June 1975, he has been an honorary  Admiral to the British Royal Navy.
  66. His astrological sign is Aries.
  67. The last "Duke of  Jämtland" before him was  Prince Oscar Carl August Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg.
  68. King Carl XVI Gustaf speaks the following languages fluently:
    1. Swedish
    2. English
    3. French
    4. German?
  69. The King shares his birthday with actress Kirsten Dunst, Glee star Dianna Agron and country singer Willie Nelson.
  70. As one of Europe's youngest monarchs and with his modern touch, King Carl Gustaf has been credited with helping continue support and admiration for the Swedish Royal Family.

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