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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.

History Edit

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 Swedish royals 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 dynasty (such as HRH Prince Bertil of Sweden, 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-dynasty (such as Prins Oscar Bernadotte).

Members Edit

Royal House

The Swedish Royal Court lists the following persons as members of the Royal House:

  • Princess Birgitta (the King's second sister, born 1937), widow of Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern (1932-2016)

Line of succession Edit

Swedish order of precedence Edit

The general order of precedence in Sweden at the annual opening of the Riksdag is as follows:

  1. The Monarch and spouse.
  2. The Speaker of the Riksdag and spouse.
  3. The Prime Minister and spouse.
  4. The Marshal of the Realm and spouse.

A more detailed order of precedence is the described in the Court Calendar which is as follows:[1]

This list is incomplete

The Royal House

  1. TM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden
  2. Foreign Heads of State
  3. members of
  4. The Royal House
    1. TRH Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland
    2. HRH Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
    3. HRH Prince Oscar, Duke of Skåne
    4. TRH Prince Carl Fredrik, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten
    5. HRH Princess Leona, Duchess of Öland
    6. HRH Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland
    7. HRH Prince Frederik, Duke of Jämtland
    8. HRH Prince Gabriel, Duke of Smäland and Dalsland
    9. HRH Prince Louis, Duke of Västmanland
    10. TRH Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland and Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland
    11. HRH Prince Alexander, Duke of Närke
    12. HRH Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland and Mr Christopher O'Neill
    13. HRH Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland
    14. HRH Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland
    15. HRH Princess Brigitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern

Group 1a.

  • Sisters of His Majesty the King who are no longer members of the Royal House:
    • Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler
    • Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld
    • Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson

Group 1b.

  • Current and former officeholders:
  1. The Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin
  2. The Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
  3. The Marshal of the Realm His Excellency Svante Lindqvist
  4. The Mistress of the Robes Kirstine von Blixen-Finecke
  5. Former Speakers of the Riksdag:
    1. Thage G. Peterson
    2. Birgitta Dahl
    3. Björn von Sydow
    4. Per Westerberg
  6. Former Prime Ministers:
    1. Ola Ullsten
    2. Ingvar Carlsson
    3. Carl Bildt
    4. Göran Persson
    5. Fredrik Reinfeldt
  7. Former Marshals of the Realm
    1. Ingemar Eliasson

Group 2a.

  1. The Deputy Prime Minister (and Minister for International Development Cooperation) Isabella Lövin
  2. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström
  3. Other Cabinet Ministers (in order of seniority: first, year of first cabinet appointment; second, date of birth)
    1. The Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson (1994)
    2. The Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson (2002)

Group 2b.

  1. Foreign Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Group 3.

  1. Recipients of His Majesty the King's Medal of the 12th Size with Chain.
    1. Bertil Werkström, former archbishop
    2. Birgitta Blom, former president of the Svea Court of Appeal
    3. General Bengt Gustafsson, former supreme commander
    4. Magnus Sjöberg, former president of the supreme administrative court
    5. Anders Knutsson, former president of the supreme court
    6. Gunnar Weman, former archbishop
    7. Olof Johansson, former cabinet minister and leader of the Centre Party
    8. General Owe Wiktorin, former supreme commander
    9. Johan Hirschfeldt, former president of the Svea Court of Appeal
    10. Torkel Gregow
    11. Gunnar Björne
    12. General Johan Hederstedt, former supreme commander
    13. Karl Gustav Hammar, former archbishop
    14. Alf Svensson, former leader of the Christian Democrats
    15. Bo Svensson
    16. Hans Ragnemalm
    17. Rune Lavin
    18. General Håkan Syrén, former supreme commander
    19. Johan Munch, former president of the supreme court

Group 4a.

  1. Tord Magnuson (husband of Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson)

Group 4b.

  1. The Archbishop of Uppsala Antje Jackelén
  2. The President of the Supreme Administrative Court Mats Melin
  3. The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces General Micael Bydén
  4. The President of the Supreme Court Marianne Lundius

Group 4c.

  1. The County Governor (of the county where the event is held)

List of honours of the Swedish Royal Family by country Edit

European Foreign Honours Edit

Austria Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Grand Star of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Grand Star of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
  • Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden : Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria

Belgium Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold (1977)
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold (1977)
  • Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden : Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold (2001)

Bulgaria Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of Stara Planina
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of Stara Planina
  • Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of Stara Planina

Denmark Edit

Estonia Edit

They have been awarded :

Finland Edit

France Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour
  • Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden : Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit
  • Prince Carl Fredrik, Duke of Västerbotten : Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit
  • Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson : Commander of the Legion of Honour (15/07/2004)

Germany Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Prince Carl Fredrik, Duke of Västerbotten : Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten : Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland : Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland : Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Greece Edit

Iceland Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Grand cross with Collar of the Order of the Falcon (10/06/1975)
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon (26/10/1981)
  • Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden : Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon (7/09/2004)
  • Prince Carl Fredrik, Duke of Västerbotten: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
  • Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
  • Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson : Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon (24 November 1998)

Italy Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (08/04/1991)
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (08/04/1991)
  • Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (05/05/1998)

Latvia Edit

Lithuania Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden: Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great (21/11/1995)
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden: Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great (21/11/1995)
  • Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden: Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas (21/11/1995)

Luxembourg Edit

Netherlands Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion & of the Order of the House of Orange
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion

Norway Edit

Poland Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of the White Eagle
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of the White Eagle

Portugal Edit

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden : Grand Collar of the Order of Prince Henry (13 January 1987) & of the Order of Saint James of the Sword (2 May 2008)
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden : Grand Cross of the Order of Christ (13 January 1987) & of the Order of Prince Henry (2 May 2008)
  • Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson : Grand Cross of the Order of Christ (15 May 1991)

Romania Edit

Royal residences of Sweden Edit

See: Swedish Royal Residences

The Royal Palaces (including the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Drottningholm Palace, Haga Palace, Rosendal Palace, Ulriksdal Palace, Rosersberg Palace, Tullgarn Palace and Gripsholm Castle) are the property of the Swedish state, managed by the National Property Board (Swedish: Statens fastighetsverk) and are at the disposal of the Monarch, an arrangement that has been in place since the beginning of the 19th century. There are also residences which are held privately by the Royal Family, such as Solliden Palace on the island of Öland, a cottage in Storlien in the Jämtland and Villa Mirage in Sainte-Maxime in southern France (originally acquired by Prince Bertil).

Orders, decorations and medals in Sweden Edit

The Orders, decorations, and medals of Sweden have a historical basis, reaching back to the 1606 founding of the extinct Jehova Order. The Royal Order of Knights of Sweden were only truly codified in the 18th century, with their formal foundation in 1748 by Frederick I of Sweden. Significant reforms in 1974 changed the conditions and criteria under which many orders and decorations could be awarded.

Royal Orders of Knighthood Edit

Orders of Knighthood under royal patrons Edit

Decorations and Medals of the Royal Orders Edit

  • Seraphim Medal
  • Medal of the Sword
  • Royal Order of Vasa - Silver-cross
  • Medal of the Royal Order of the Polar Star - 8th size
  • Medal of the Royal Order of Vasa in Gold, 5th size
  • Medal of the Royal Order of Vasa in Silver, 5th size

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