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Swedish Royal Family

Swedish Royal Family

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The Swedish Royal Family (Swedish: Kungafamiljen) since 1818 has consisted of a number of persons in the Swedish Royal House of Bernadotte, closely related to the King of Sweden. Today those who are recognized by the government are entitled to royal titles and style (manner of address), and perform official engagements and ceremonial duties of state. The extended family of the King (Swedish: kungliga familjen) consists of other close relatives who are not royal and thus do not represent the country officially.


The Swedish Royal Family (including extended family members) in 1905.
Main article: Monarchy of Sweden

A Swedish royal family, as closely related to a head of state, has been able to be identified as existent from as early as the 10th century A.D., with more precise detail added during the two or three centuries that followed. An exceptional case is that of Saint Bridget (1303-1373) who outside of Sweden became known as the Princess of Nericia,[1] a title which appears to have been a noble, rather than a royal one, since she was not the daughter of a king. Historically confirmed monarchs are listed officially by the Swedish Royal Court.

Until the 1620s Swedish provinces were granted as territorial appanages to royal princes which, as dukes thereof, they governed semi-autonomously. Beginning during the reign of Gustav III, and as codified in § 34 of the 1772 Instrument of Government, provincial dukedoms have existed in the royal family as nominal non-hereditary titles only, without any inherent property ownership or trust attached to them; although several Swedish royals have maintained a special public connection to, and sometimes a secondary residence in, "his or her duchy".

The son of a Swedish king has usually held the princely title as a royal dynast (such as HRH Prince Bertil of Sweden, Duke of Halland), but on a rare occasion also as a rank of nobility (such as Fursten Prince Frederick William of Hessenstein), or as a courtesy title for an ex-dynast (such as Prins Oscar Bernadotte).

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Some of the governmentally recognized (royal) members of the Swedish Royal Family in 2012.
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Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (pictured with her husband) belongs to the extended family of the King, whose non-royal members only unofficially represent Sweden.


Royal family

The Swedish Royal Court lists the following persons as members of the Royal Family (Kungafamiljen):

Royal house

The members of the Swedish Royal House (Kungl. Huset) are the Royal Family (see above) as well as:

Extended family

The Royal Court lists the following persons as members of the King's extended family (Kungl. Familjen):[3]

Relationships of current members

  • Red-framed persons are deceased.

King Gustaf VI Adolf
Crown Princess Margareta
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Princess Sibylla, Duchess of Västerbotten
Count Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg
Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg***
Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg
Countess Gunilla Bernadotte af Wisborg***
John Ambler
Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler***
Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern**
Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld
Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld***
Tord Magnuson
Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson***
The King*
The Queen*
Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland*
Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland*
Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland*
Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland*
Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland*
Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland*

* Member of the Royal Family (Kungafamiljen)[3]

** Member of the Swedish Royal House (Kungliga Huset)[3]

*** Member of the King's extended family (Kungliga Familjen)[3]

See also


  1. ^ Furstinnan från/av Närke Eivor Martinus in Barndrottningen Filippa, ISBN 978-91-7331-663-7, pp. 115, 164 & 167
  2. ^ SVT Nyheter
  3. ^ a b c d Swedish version of Royal Court's website

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