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.


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 members of the royal family 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 Prince Bertil, 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).


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 additionally as members of the Royal Family (Kungl. Familjen):[3]

Relationships of current members

  • Red-framed persons are deceased.
King Gustaf VI Adolf
Crown Princess Margareta, Duchess of Skåne
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Princess Sibylla, Duchess of Västerbotten
Marianne Bernadotte**
Sigvard Bernadotte
Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler**
Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern*
Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld**
Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson**
Tord Magnuson
The King*
The Queen*
Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland*
The Crown Princess*
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*
Prince Gabriel, Duke of Dalarna*
Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland*
Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland*
Princess Adrienne, Duchess of Blekinge*

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

    ** Member of the Royal Family (Kungl. Familjen)[3]

    See also


    1. Martinus, Eivor (2014). "Furstinnan från/av Närke". Barndrottningen Filippa och hennes värld (in Swedish). Stockholm: Carlsson. pp. 115, 164 & 167. ISBN 978-91-7331-663-7. LIBRIS 16311599.
    2. SVT Nyheter
    3. 1 2 3 Swedish version of Royal Court's website
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