Monday, May 7, 2012

Queen Victoria's last living great-grandchild dies

Carl Johan Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg, died on May 5, 2012 at the age of 95.


Count Bernadotte was the son of King Gustaf VI of Sweden and his wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught. Princess Margaret was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, making Count Bernadotte one of the queen's 85 great-grandchildren. Count Bernadotte was also the uncle of the reigning king of Sweden and the reigning queen of Denmark.


He was born Prince Carl Johan of Sweden in 1916. His mother died when he was only three years old, and his father remarried some years later to Lady Louise Mountbatten, also a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and the aunt of the future Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


Carl Johan was forced to renounce his title as a Prince of Sweden in 1946 when he married a commoner, Kerstin Wijmark. He remarried after her death to Countess Gunnila af Johannishus in 1988.


Following the death of Princess Katherine of Greece in 2007, Count Bernadotte remained the only living great-grandchild of Queen Victoria. His death at the age of 95 also makes him the longest-lived male descendant of the Queen.


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