Princess Birgitta of Sweden

Swedish princess; elder sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Princess Birgitta of Sweden LoK av KMO (Birgitta Ingeborg Alice; born 19 January 1937) is an elder sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Princess Birgitta
Princess of Hohenzollern
Princess Birgitta at the wedding of her niece Madeleine on 8 June 2013
Born (1937-01-19) 19 January 1937 (age 87)
Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden
(m. 1961; died 2016)
IssuePrince Carl Christian
Princess Désirée
Prince Hubertus
Full name
Birgitta Ingeborg Alice
HouseBernadotte (by birth) Hohenzollern (by marriage)
FatherPrince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
MotherPrincess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
ReligionRoman Catholic



She was born at Haga Palace in Stockholm. She is the second child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and a granddaughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf. Her sisters are Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, and Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson. She is a first cousin of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.


Wedding day of Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern in Stockholm.

In 1959, Birgitta met Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern at a cocktail party in Germany. On 15 December 1960, their engagement was announced.

The couple married in a civil ceremony in the Hall of State of the Royal Palace of Stockholm on 25 May 1961. The bridesmaids were the bride’s sister Princess Christina and cousin Princess Benedikte of Denmark; the groomsmen were the bride's brother Crown Prince Carl Gustaf and her cousin Count Michael Bernadotte of Wisborg (son of Sigvard Bernadotte). A Roman Catholic ceremony was held at Sankt Johann Church at the groom's family seat of Sigmaringen, Germany, on 30 May 1961.

Princess Birgitta and Prince Johann Georg had three children:

  • Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (b. 5 April 1962 in Munich)
  • Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern (born 27 November 1963, Munich)
  • Prince Hubertus of Hohenzollern (born 10 June 1966 in Munich)

Prince Johann Georg and Princess Birgitta separated in 1990, although they stayed legally married (they did not divorce). She lived on the island of Majorca in Spain, while her husband lived in Munich. He died in 2016.

Titles, styles, honours and arms


Titles and styles

  • 19 January 1937 – 25 May 1961: Her Royal Highness Princess Birgitta of Sweden
  • 25 May 1961 – Present: Her Royal Highness Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Princess of Hohenzollern
  • Honours
  • Sweden: Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim





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