Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla; born 2 June 1938) is the third child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and granddaughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. She is an elder sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Princess Désirée
Baroness Silfverschiöld
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Princess Désirée prior to the wedding of her niece Madeleine in June 2013
BornPrincess Désirée of Sweden
(1938-06-02) 2 June 1938 (age 84)
Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden
Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld
(m. 1964; died 2017)
IssueBaron Carl Silfverschiöld
Baroness Christina-Louise Silfverschiöld
Baroness Hélène Silfverschiöld
Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla Silfverschiöld
FatherPrince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
MotherPrincess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Early lifeEdit

Désirée was born on 2 June 1938 as the third daughter and child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten (son of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and his late wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught) and his wife, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (daughter of Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his wife, Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein).

Desiree was christened on 30 June 1938 at Solna Church in the Solna Municipality of Stockholm, Sweden.[citation needed] She was given the names: Desiree after her great-4x grandmother Queen Desideria and Sibylla after her mother, Princess Sibylla.[citation needed]

She grew up at the family home, Haga Palace outside Stockholm, with her three sisters; together they were known as the Haga Princesses.

In November 1960, Désirée accompanied her elder sister Princess Birgitta for a visit to the United States on behalf of their grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf for the 50th anniversary of The American-Scandinavian Foundation. In their honour a ball was organised for the two princesses at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in Chicago by Mayor Richard Daley.[1]

Marriage and childrenEdit

The Silfverschiöld couple after their wedding.

Désirée's engagement to Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld, (31 May 1934 – 11 April 2017), son of Baron Carl Silfverschiöld and wife Madeleine Bennich, was announced on 18 December 1963, and the couple married on 5 June 1964 in Storkyrkan in Stockholm. As a result of her non-royal marriage, she lost her style of Royal Highness and her position as a princess of Sweden,[2] but was given the courtesy Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld by the King. Under the Swedish constitution of that time, she, as a woman, and her descendants were not eligible to inherit the throne. When this was later changed to absolute primogeniture the right of succession was limited to the descendants of her brother, King Carl XVI Gustaf.[citation needed]

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld's marriage has produced three children: Carl (b. 1965), Christina-Louise (b. 1966), and Hélène (b. 1968). In 1976, Hélène was a bridesmaid at the weddings of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, and of Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian.[3]

Since getting married, Silfverschiöld lives in the family's home at Koberg Castle and at Gåsevadholm Castle in Halland.[4]

Silfverschiöld is Crown Princess Victoria's godmother. Her grandson Ian was a pageboy at Victoria's wedding.[5]

Later lifeEdit

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, has occasionally attended Nobel Prize festivities and public royal-family events in Stockholm in a semi-official capacity, sometimes wearing tiaras and jewelry belonging to the royal family.[6] She also represented Sweden in first receiving Emperor Akihito of Japan when he arrived for a state visit in 2000.[7] She was widowed in 2017.[8]


Désirée's original coat of arms when she was a princess of Sweden.
  • 2 June 1938 — 5 June 1964: Her Royal Highness Princess Désirée of Sweden
  • 5 June 1964 — present: Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld

National honoursEdit

Foreign honoursEdit



  1. ^ "November 3, 1960 - 2 Princesses Will Visit Chicago". 1960-11-03. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  2. ^ Royal Court lists those who are HRH as such, also naming them as Swedish royalty in their bio articles there, and does not give such info for other relatives listed.
  3. ^ "Finaste gåvan får Carl Philip". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  4. ^ "Gasevadholm". Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  5. ^ "Royal wedding guest list published". Stockholm News. Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  6. ^ Royal Court article 2013-06-08
  7. ^ Article by Bengt Falkkloo in Dagens Nyheter 2000-05-29
  8. ^ Article by Kaj Falkman in Dagens Nyheter 2017-04-24