Carl XVI Gustaf

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King Carl in 2010, photo by R. E. Babor/

Birth Name: Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus Bernadotte

Place of Birth: Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden

Date of Birth: 30 April, 1946

Ethnicity: European Royal, small amounts of French, Danish, and German, and even smaller amounts of Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Czech, and Norwegian

Carl XVI Gustaf has been King of Sweden, since 15 September, 1973. He is of the house Bernadotte. King Carl is the son of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten (Gustaf Adolf Oscar Fredrik Arthur Edmund) and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Sibylla Calma Maria Alice Bathildis Feodora). His father was born at Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden. His mother was born at Friedenstein Palace, Gotha, Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, German Empire. His grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather were Kings of Sweden.

Carl Gustaf is married to Queen Silvia of Sweden. Among their three children is Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.

King Carl’s ancestry is (approximately) 87% European Royal, 6% French, 3% Danish, and 2% German, with the remainder being Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Czech, and Norwegian.

Two of King Carl’s great-great-grandparents had any significant ancestry other than European Royal. King Carl’s great-great-grandfather, Oscar ll, was of mainly French descent, with some European Royal, and a small amount of Italian ancestry. Some of Oscar’s ancestors were from the island Martinique, and other islands in the West Indies. One of Oscar’s own great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Antoine Browne, was also said to have Irish ancestry. King Carl’s great-great-grandfather, Friedrich VIII, was of German, Danish, European Royal, and small amounts of Polish and Norwegian, descent.

King Carl’s paternal grandfather was Gustaf VI Adolf Oscar Fredrik Wilhelm Olaf Bernadotte (the son of Gustaf V Bernadotte, and of Sophie Marie Viktoria von Baden). King Carl’s grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf was born at Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden, and was King of Sweden, from 29 October, 1950 to 15 September, 1973. King Carl’s great-grandfather Gustaf V was King of Sweden, from 8 December, 1907 to 29 October, 1950. He was the son of Oscar II Fredrik Bernadotte, who was King of Sweden, from 18 September, 1872 to 8 December, 1907, and King of Norway, from 18 September, 1872 to 26 October, 1905; and of Sofia Vilhelmina Mariana Henrietta von Nassau-Württemberg. King Carl’s great-grandmother Sophie was the daughter of Fredrichk I Wilhelm Ludwig of Baden, and of Luise Marie Elisabeth von Preußen.

King Carl’s paternal grandmother was Princess Margaret of Connaught (Margareta Victoria Charlotte Augusta Norah, the daughter of Arthur William Patrick Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and of Louise Margarete Alexandra Viktoria Agnes von Preußen). King Carl’s grandmother Princess Margaret was born in Bagshot Park, Surrey, England. Arthur was the son of Albert, Prince Consort, Albert Francis Augustus Charles Emmanuel von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, and of Victoria Alexandrina Hanover. Louise was the daughter of Frederick Karl Nikolaus of Preussia, and of Maria Anna von Anhalt-Dessau.

King Carl’s maternal grandfather was Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Carl Eduard Georg Albert Luitpold von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, the son of Leopold George Duncan Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and of Helena Frederica Augusta von Waldeck-Pyrmont). King Carl’s grandfather Charles Edward was born at Claremont House, Surrey, England. Leopold was the son of Albert Francis Augustus Charles Emmanuel von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, and of Queen Victoria, who was Queen of the United Kingdom, from 20 June, 1837 to 22 January, 1901, and Empress of India, from 1 May 1876, to 22 January, 1901. Helena was the daughter of George Victor von Waldeck und Pyrmont, and of Helene Wilhelmine Henriette Pauline Marianne von Nassau-Weilburg.

King Carl’s maternal grandmother was Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein (Viktoria Adelheid Helene Luise Marie Frederike von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, the daughter of Friedrich Ferdinand Georg Christian Karl Wilhelm von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, and of Karoline Mathilde Victoria Friederike Augusta Maria von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg). King Carl’s grandmother Victoria was born in Gut Grünholz, Schleswig-Holstein, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire. Friedrich was the son of Friedrich von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, and of Adelheid Christine von Schaumburg-Lippe. Karoline was the daughter of Friedrich VIII Christian August von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, and of Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Sources: Genealogies of Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden –

3 Responses

  1. guyinsf says:

    There’s such a thing as an ethnicity called “European Royal”?

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