Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Funeral of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg

At Bastad, Sweden, the funeral of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg, last great-grandson of Queen Victoria, was attended by a bevy of his royal relations.

The late Carl Johan was the last uncle of King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, as well as of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Queen Anne Marie of the Hellenes and Fürstin Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Among those present to wish the late Count Carl Johan Godspeed, were: King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip and his aunt Princess Desirée of Sweden, Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark, Queen Anne Marie of the Hellenes, and Fürstin Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Carl Johan was the son of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden (1882-1973) and of his first wife, the former Princess Margaret of Connaught (1882-1920). He was born a Prince of Sweden but renounced his titles to marry a commoner.

Until his death, he also held the "monicker" of oldest living descendant of Queen Victoria. That revered position now passes to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who is about to turn 91 years old.

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