Sunday, May 6, 2012

Count Carl Johan Bernadotte (1916-2012)

Count Carl Johan Bernadotte (born HRH Prince Carl Johan of Sweden), died yesterday at the age of 95.  The youngest child of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (1882-1973) and Princess Margaret of Great Britain (1882-1920), he was the uncle of both King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and the last surviving great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.  With his death a generation of royalty that began in 1879 with the birth of Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen and included Kings Edward VIII and George VI of Great Britain, Olav V of Norway, George II, Alexander I, & Paul I of Greece, Carol II of Romania, and the ill-fated children of Nicholas II & Alexandra of Russia is finally gone.  The former Prince Carl Johan lost his royal titles with his marriage to a commoner in 1946, but unlike his brother Sigvard (1907-2002) apparently never minded, even though only a generation later the Swedish royal family relaxed its rules to allow his brother Bertil (1912-1997) and nephew (the present King) to marry commoners without loss of status.  Requiescat in pace.

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