Carl Bernadotte, Swedish count, 95

Reuters/file 2008

STOCKHOLM - Count Carl Johan Bernadotte, who lost his Swedish royal title and succession rights when he married a commoner, has died. He was 95.

Count Bernadotte died Saturday at a hospital in Angelholm, in southern Sweden, Royal Court spokesman Bertil Ternert said Sunday. The court did not disclose the cause of death.

Count Bernadotte was the youngest of King Gustaf VI Adolf’s five children and an uncle of the current Swedish monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf. He was also a great-grandchild of Britain’s Queen Victoria.


Count Bernadotte gave up the title of prince, and his place in line for the Swedish throne, when he married Swedish journalist Kerstin Wijkmark in New York in 1946.

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Unlike his brother Sigvard, who also married a commoner, he did not try to have his princely title restored.

Count Bernadotte later received the title count of Wisborg from the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg.

He remarried in 1988 after his first wife died.

Count Bernadotte leaves his second wife, Gunnila; two adopted children from his first marriage; and six grandchildren.