Swedish Royal Family

The Swedish Royal Family (Swedish: Svenska 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: Sveriges kungliga familj) 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).

Some of the governmentally recognized (royal) members of the Swedish Royal Family in 2012.
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 House

The Swedish Royal Court lists the following persons as members of the Royal House (Kungl. Huset):

Royal Family

The Royal Court lists the following persons as members of the Royal Family (Kungl. Familjen):[3]

Relationships of current members

King Gustaf VI Adolf
Crown Princess Margareta, Duchess of Skåne
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Princess Sibylla, Duchess of Västerbotten
Marianne Bernadotte, Countess of Wisborg**
Sigvard Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg
Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler**
Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern*
Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld**
Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld
Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson**
Tord Magnuson
The King*
The Queen*
Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland*
Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland*
Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland*
Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland*
Christopher O'Neill
Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland*
Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland*
Prince Oscar, Duke of Skåne*
Prince Alexander, Duke of Södermanland*
Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland*
Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland*

    * Member of the Royal House (Kungl. Huset)[3]

    ** Member of the Royal Family (Kungl. 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. 1 2 3 Swedish version of Royal Court's website
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