Sunday, May 6, 2012

Royal Death: Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg

Count Carl Johan and his wife, Gunila, at the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson.  Credit: Art Beeche/Eurohistory

all four:  Marlene Eilers Koenig collection
Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg, youngest child of the late King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught, died yesterday at the Angelsholm Hospital.  He died peacefully and was surrounded by his wife, Gunila, and his children.

Count Carl Johan was born October 31, 1916.   Several years ago, I had the honor of being invited to lunch by the Count and his wife Gunila.  A charming couple.

Count Carl Johan was the last surviving great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.  He was the uncle of both King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.


Ron said...

Now that all the great-grandchildren have passed, any idea who are the oldest and youngest surviving great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert?

Kalnel said...

Who is the oldest of Queen Victoria's surviving descendants now? There must be hundreds at the gg-grandchild level, but if anyone would know the answer, you would!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

The eldest great-grandchild is HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921), and the youngest is Elizabeth Ramsay (1963)

Stavros said...

From the pictures you posted of Crown Princess Margaret, you definitely see some strong genes that she passed down to her descendants. Those full cheeks remind me a lot of her great-grandaughters Alexia & Theodora. Not to mention Queen Anne-Marie bears a striking resemblance as well.

bee said...

Did anyone from the British Royal family attend the funeral?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

No one from the British royal family attended the funeral. He was the son of a British princess who died in 1920! He didn't have close ties to anyone in the BRF.