Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler

Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (Margaretha Désirée Victoria; born 31 October 1934), is a Swedish princess, the eldest sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and also a first cousin of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Princess Margaretha
Mrs. Ambler
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Ambler prior to the wedding of her niece Princess Madeleine on 8 June 2013
BornPrincess Margaretha of Sweden
(1934-10-31) 31 October 1934 (age 88)
Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden
(m. 1964; died 2008)
IssueBaroness Sybilla von Dincklage
Charles Edward Ambler
James Patrick Ambler
Margaretha Désirée Victoria
FatherPrince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
MotherPrincess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Early lifeEdit

The newborn Princess Margaretha with her mother, Princess Sibylla.

Margaretha was born on 31 October 1934 at Haga Palace in Haga Park, Stockholm, as the first child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and his wife Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; paternal granddaughter of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and his late wife Princess Margaret of Connaught; maternal granddaughter of Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and his wife Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein; she was born during the reign of her paternal great-grandfather King Gustav V of Sweden. In January 1947, her father died in an airplane crash.

Although the eldest child, as a female, she was never in line to the throne according to the Swedish constitution current at the time. She was educated privately at the Haga Palace and then at the Stockholm dressmaking school, Märthaskolan (Martha School).[citation needed]

Courtship and marriageEdit

Margaretha at her wedding in 1964.

In the 1950s Margaretha had a relationship with Robin Douglas-Home, a Scottish aristocrat and the nephew of the future Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Alec Douglas-Home. He came to visit her in Sweden, but they never married. There was speculation in the press that this was due to Sibylla forbidding the match,[1] but Margaretha's nanny and confidante Ingrid Björnberg states categorically in her memoirs that the breakup between the two was caused by Margaretha's reluctance to enter into an engagement with Douglas-Home.[2]

She met her future husband, the businessman John Ambler, ten years her elder, at a dinner party in the United Kingdom in 1963 and their engagement was announced on 28 February 1964. They were married on 30 June 1964, in Gärdslösa Church, on the island of Öland. The Princess wore a wedding gown from the Stockholm couture school, Märthaskolan, where she had previously been a student, and a traditional wedding crown from Öland.[citation needed]

The couple for a time let Winslow Hall in Buckinghamshire.[3] They settled at Chippinghurst Manor in Oxfordshire. As a result of her unequal marriage, she lost her style of Royal Highness and the King gave her the courtesy title of Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler. Under the Swedish constitution of that time, she, as a woman, and her descendants were not eligible to inherit the throne. Thus they still are not.[citation needed]

Ambler and her husband separated in 1994, but never divorced.[4] He died on 31 May 2008.

Margaretha and John Ambler's marriage produced three children: Sybilla (b. 1965), Edward (b. 1966), and James (b. 1969). Her daughter married Baron Henning von Dincklage and has two children, of whom Madeleine Charlotte Margaretha von Dincklage is the goddaughter of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and was a bridesmaid at her wedding.

Later lifeEdit

In June 1960, Margaretha, with her first cousin Princess Margrethe of Denmark and her second cousin once removed Princess Astrid of Norway, toured the United States on the occasion of the first transatlantic flight by Scandinavian Airlines. During their visit, the three Scandinavian princesses toured Disneyland and Hollywood and also visited Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles where they met Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Elvis Presley.[5]

Ambler lives near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, in the UK. Apart from taking part in family events and milestones,[8] she does not have any official role or obligations either on behalf of Sweden or the royal family.

Titles, styles and honoursEdit

Margaretha's original coat of arms when she was a princess of Sweden
  • 31 October 1934 – 30 June 1964: Her Royal Highness Princess Margaretha of Sweden
  • 30 June 1964 – present: Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler

National honoursEdit

Foreign honoursEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Princess & the Pianist". Time. 20 May 1957. Archived from the original on 23 January 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2009.
  2. ^ Björnberg, Ingrid. 1975. Dagbok från Haga och Stockholms slott. Stockholm: Bonniers. p. 163.
  3. ^ Buckinghamshire County Council. "Winslow Historic Town Assessment" (PDF). Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  4. ^ Tommy Schö "Skilsmässan som skakar danska hovet | Nyheter | Expressen". Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Elvis Presley with Princesses Margrethe of Denmark, Astrid of Norway, and Margaretha of Sweden". Archived from the original on 9 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Royal wedding guest list published - Stockholm News". Archived from the original on 19 June 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Kungligheter på begravning | SvD". Svenska Dagbladet. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  8. ^ such as King Carl XVI Gustaf's 50th birthday celebrations, King Carl XVI Gustaf's Ruby Jubilee commemorative service, the wedding of her niece Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling,[6] the wedding of her niece Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill, the wedding of her nephew Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist, christenings, and funerals.[7] She also used to open the annual Swedish Church Christmas Bazaar in London.