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Prince Carl Duke of Västergötland

  • Born: 27 Feb 1861, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Marriage: Princess Ingeborg on 27 Aug 1897 in Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark
  • Died: 24 Oct 1951, Stockholm, Sweden at age 90

  General Notes:

Carl and Ingeborg had four children:

1. Princess Margaretha (1899-1977)
2. Princess Märtha, later Crown princess of Norway (1901-1954)
3. Princess Astrid, later Queen of the Belgians (1905-1935)
4. Prince Carl, Duke of Östergötland, known as Carl Jr, later Prince Bernadotte (a Belgian title) (1911-2003)

Prince Carl was once considered a candidate to the Norwegian crown during Norway's fight for independence from Sweden in 1905. To elect a prince from Sweden was considered to be a less radical way out of the union, and hence a more peaceful approach. However, King Oscar II of Sweden never approved on this, as he saw the whole "riot" as a betrayal against his rights as King of Norway. Hence Prince Carl never became King of Norway in 1905, instead a Danish prince was elected (Haakon VII) after some diplomatic turbulence. As history turned out however, Prince Carl's daughter, Princess Märtha, married Haakon VII's son, the later King Olav V. The present King Harald V of Norway is hence a grandchild of Prince Carl, Duke of Vänstergötland.

In 1904 Prince Carl was appointed a Knight of the Norwegian lion by King Oscar II.

Other descendants from Prince Carl include the royal families of Belgium and Luxembourg (the lines goes via his daughter Princess Astrid, later Queen of the Belgians.)

Carl married Princess Ingeborg, daughter of King Frederik VIII of Denmark and Lovisa of Sweden, on 27 Aug 1897 in Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark. (Princess Ingeborg was born on 2 Aug 1878 in Charlottenlund, Copenhagen, Denmark and died on 12 Mar 1958 in Stockholm, Sweden.)

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