| Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg, Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västerbotten
|Spouse||Prince Carl Fredrik, Duke of Västerbotten (m. 2000)|
| Princess Leona, Duchess of Öland |
Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland
Prince Frederik, Duke of Jämtland
Prince Gabriel, Duke of Smälland
Prince Stefan, Duke of Västmanland
|Nathalie Xenia Margrethe Benedikte|
|House|| House of Sayn-Wittgenstein (by birth)
House of Bernadotte (by marriage)
|Father||Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg|
|Mother||Princess Benedikte of Denmark|
|Born|| 2 May 1977 (age 39) |
|Religion|| Lutheranism |
(Church of Sweden)
Early Life Edit
Princess Nathalie was born 2 May 1977 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the youngest daughter and third child of Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark. Her father was the eldest son of Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Margareta Fouché d'Otrante. Her mother was the second child and daughter of Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden.
Princess Nathalie has two siblings, she has one elder brother and one elder sister.
- Gustav,, 7th Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg, (born 12 January 1969).
- Princess Alexandra of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg, (born 20 November 1970).
Princess Nathalie followed in her mother, sisters and aunts footsteps by being educated at N. Zahle's School, a private school in Copenhagen, followed by stays at a boarding school in England and a Swiss finishing school. In 1997, She took a class in Fashion and design at the Margrethe-Skolen in Copenhagen.
She speaks Danish, Swedish, German, English and speaks fluent in French.
Equestrian Career Edit
In 1994 Princess Nathalie began training on the Swedish stud Flyinge with her trainer Kyra Kyrklund, former world champion in dressage. After four years, during which she won the bronze medal at the European Championship with the Danish team, she had to change coaches as Kyrklund moved to England. She teamed up with Klaus Balkenhol, coach of the German dressage team.
Nathalie gained a place in the 2000 Olympic team as reserve rider, and afterward participated in the European Championship of 2001, winning a bronze medal and the World Championship 2002 (where she was placed fourth) with the Danish team. She was a member of the Team Denmark dressage team in the 2008 Summer Olympics and was awarded a bronze medal.
As Nathalie av Bernadotte, she was part of the Swedish equestrian team in the London 2012 Olympics, competing in the team and individual dressage events on her horse Digby. She finished 12th in the individual event and helped Denmark to a 4th-place team finish.
In addition to riding she also breeds horses, as does her mother. In autumn 2005, the princess opened her own stud farm, which is based in Bad Berleburg. In July 2007, the princess opened a equestrian centre and another stud farm, which is based in Öland, Sweden, her daughter's duchy. Her husband and children sometimes help with the running of the farm.
Royal Duties Edit
Since her marriage, Nathalie undertaken engagements on behalf of the Royal family and the people of Sweden. She participates in the celebrations of Sweden's National Day, the Nobel festivities, dinners and state visits with other members of the royal family. She and her husband represent Sweden at sports events in countires all around the world.
On 15 September every year since 1999, Nathalie has attended the opening of parliament with the rest of the Swedish royal family.
She also celebrates the birthday's of her father-in-law and her sister-in-law. She also attends the crown princess's birthday concert with her husband, her children and the rest of the Swedish royal family, which is called Victoriadagen on 14 July.
Personal Life Edit
Princess Nathalie has always refused to talk about her private life, She had frequently been the subject of the press regarding romances. Only about two men were confirmed as her boyfriends.
Nathalie's first boyfriend was called Frederik Christensen. They knew each other from her brother Gustav, they were socialized in the same circles, they were friends until they started dating in early 1996. When Nathalie moved to New York some months later. It was announced in mid 1997, Nathalie and Frederik broke up.
In March 1999, Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that Nathalie had a new boyfriend her 3rd cousin, Prince Carl Fredrik of Sweden, When the news broke and the media in Denmark turned its attention on her as it already was because of her title and family. In May 1999, Nathalie moved to Sweden permanently. In August 1999, She and Carl Fredrik were pictured kissing for the first time when they were at Gråsten Palace, Denmark for the summer with Nathalie's family.
Engagement and Marriage Edit
Swedish media have often speculated about the upcoming engagement and marriage of Nathalie and Carl Frederik. On 10 September 1999, rumors announced that the couple were engaged and that wedding plans were imminent became particularly intense Between the King and the prime minister Göran Persson. Under the terms of the Swedish Act of succession, the government, if requested by the King, must approve a marriage of a Prince or Princess of Sweden. Otherwise, the prince or princess loses his or her right to the throne. Later that day, it was officially confirmed that permission was granted and that Nathalie would marry Prince Carl Fredrik in the summer of 2000. The wedding date was set in the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm on 19 June 2000, the same day as Carl Fredrik's parents' 24th wedding anniversary.
The wedding took place on 19 June 1999. More than 1200 guests including royalty and statesman from various countries were invited to the wedding ceremony which took place at The Royal Chapel, at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. After the wedding, the bride and groom rode in horse and carriage through the streets of Stockholm then rowed in the antique Royal barge over the Stockholm waters Vasaorden to the Royal Palace where the wedding banquet was held. On the evening before the wedding, their was a gala dinner in honor of the happy couple.
More than half a million Swedes waved with Swedish flags and cheered the couple from their cortege, the Royal chapel to the castle.
Following their wedding The Duke and Duchess of Västerbotten moved into Rosersberg Palace.
Princess Nathalie and Prince Carl Fredrik have five children together:
On 21 August 2000, The Swedish royal court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant and expecting the couple's first child in April 2001. At 5:25 pm on 27 April 2001, Nathalie gave birth to a baby girl, measuring 50 cm long (19 inches) and 4,280 grams (8 pounds, 5 inches), three days before her grandfather the king's 55th birthday. The newborn at the time of her birth was third-in-line to the Swedish throne.
- Princess Leona, Duchess of Öland (Leona Victoria Ingrid Silvia Benedikte of Sweden)
On 10 July 2004, The Swedish royal court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant again and expecting the couples second child in September 2005. At 04:26 on 30 March 2005, Nathalie gave birth to a baby boy, measuring 49 cm long (19 inches) and 3,280 grams. The newborn was the King and queen's first grandson and at the time of his birth he was fourth-in-line to the Swedish throne.
- Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland (Wilhelm Frederik Carl Richard Gustaf of Sweden)
On 26 August 2006, The Swedish Royal court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant again and expecting the couple's third child in March 2011. At 12:14 on 15 March 2007, Princess Nathalie gave birth to another son, measuring 47 cm long (18 inches) and 3,380 grams (7 pounds, 3 inches). The newborn at the time of his birth was fifth-in-line to the Swedish throne.
- Prince Frederik, Duke of Jämtland (Frederik Alexander Andreas Christian of Sweden)
On 21 May 2009, The Swedish Royal Court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant and is expecting the couple's fourth child in January 2010. At 16:27 pm on 16 January 2010, Princess Nathalie gave birth to another boy and fourth child measuring 47 cm long (18 inches) and 3,436 (7 pounds, 4 inches).
- Prince Gabriel, Duke of Smäland (Gabriel Arthur Edmund Frederik of Sweden)
On 12 October 2013, The Swedish Royal Court announced that Princess Nathalie was pregnant and is expecting the couple's fifth child in May 2014. At 22:37 pm on 18 May 2014, Princess Nathalie gave birth to another boy and fifth child measuring 49 cm long and weighed 3,230 grams.
- Prince Stefan, Duke of Västmanland (Stefan Erik Alexander Gustaf of Sweden)
The Duke and Duchess's Household Edit
The Duke and the new Duchess were given their own household as a gift on their wedding day, 19 June 1999. The Duke and Duchess's household is headed by the Marshal of the court. The Duke and Duchess's household task is to coordinate the official engagements of The Duke and Duchess.
Titles, Styles, Honours, Arms Edit
Titles and Styles Edit
- 2 May 1975 - 19 June 2000: Her Serene Highness Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg, Princess of Denmark
- 19 June 2000- present: Her Royal Highness Princess Nathalie of Sweden and Denmark, Duchess of Västerbotten and Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg
In Swedish: Hans Kungliga Höghet Prinsessan Nathalie av Sverige och Danmark, Prinsessan of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg, Hertiganna av Västerbotten
- Sweden: Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim
- Sweden: Member of the Royal Family Order of King Carl XVI Gustaf, 2nd Class
- Sweden: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
- Sweden: Recipient of the Silver Anniversary Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia
- Sweden: Recipient of the Wedding Medal of Crown Princes Victoria to Daniel Westling
- Sweden: Recipient of the 200th Anniversary Medal of the House of Bernadotte
- Sweden: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
- Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
- Denmark: Knight of the Order of the Elephant (R.E.) (2 May 1993)
- Denmark: Dame of the Royal Family Order of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark: Recipient of the 75th birthday Medal of Prince Henrik
- Denmark: Recipient of the 100th Anniversary Medal of the birth of King Christian X
- Denmark: Recipient of the 50th Anniversary Medal of the Arrival of Queen Ingrid of Denmark
- Denmark: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark: Recipient of the Silver Anniversary Medal of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik
- Denmark: Recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark: Recipient of the Anniversary of the birth of King Frederik IX
- Denmark: Recipient of the Queen Ingrid Commemorative Medal
- Denmark: Recipient of the 70th birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark: Recipient of the 75th birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1st Class
- German Imperial Royal Family:
Foreign honours Edit
- Belgium: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold I
- Brazil: Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross
- Bulgaria: Grand Cross of the Order of the Balkan Mountains
- Estonia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
- Estonia: Grand Cross Order of the White Star
- Finland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose
- France: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit
- Greece: Grand Cross of the Order of Honour
- Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
- Japan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
- Jordan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Renaissance
- Latvia: Grand Officer of the Order of the Three Star
- Luxembourg: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
- Malaysia: Honorary Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Defender of the Realm
- Monaco: Knight Commander of the Order of Grimaldi
- Norway: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav