A visit to Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg’s grave

This past Thursday, 24 May, a friend and I went to pay our last respects at the grave of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg at the Royal Burial Ground at Haga. The Count, who died aged 95 in a hospital on 5 May, was interred at the Royal Burial Ground after a memorial service at the Palace Church of the Royal Palace of Stockholm and following small private burial ceremony on 15 May.

Count Carl Johan’s grave has been set next to that of his father King Gustaf VI Adolf, mother Crown Princess Margareta and stepmother Queen Louise on one side and his brother Prince Bertil’s one the other. To read more about the Royal Burial Ground and its layout, please visit my post about it (there you will also get the full picture of where the Count’s grave is situated in relation to the others).

Grave of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg

Because Thursday was the first opening time of the Royal Burial Ground since the funeral, the wreaths were still left on top of the temporary blue cloth that covers the grave. I counted to seventeen of them in total and inscribed on them were:

Grave of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg


(the Count’s widowed wife)

Christian & Marianne
Christina, Richard, Philip

(the Count and Kerstin Wijkmark’s son with wife and children)

Ebba, Marianne, Carl Johan

(the Count and Kerstin Wijkmark’s daughter with children)

Fred & Eva
John, Oscar, Jacob

Countess Gunnila’s son in her first marriage with wife and probably children)

Hedda, Anna

(Countess Gunnila’s daughter in her first marriage and probably her children)

King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden

(monogrammed ribbon)

Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel of Sweden

(monogrammed ribbon)


(probably Princess Lilian of Sweden)

Carl Philip
“Vi kommer sakna din värme och ditt fina stöd”

(Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, the inscription in English would be “We will miss your warmth and your lovely support”)

Madeleine Kogevinas
Kristine Bernadotte
“Tack för alla ljusa minnen”

(Madeleine Kogevinas is the daughter of Prince Carl Bernadotte and Elsa von Rosen and Princess Kristine Bernadotte is the widdow or Prince Carl Bernadotte, the inscription in English would be “Thank you for all the bright memories”)


(Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark)


(Queen Margrethe and the Prince Consort of Denmark)


(Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark)





(Princess Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece, Princess Theodora and Prince Philippos of Greece, Princess Alexia of Greece and Carlos Morales, Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Pavlos of Greece)


(King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece)


(Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark)




(Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann, Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Carina Axelsson)

Grave of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg

To view more of my photos from the Royal Burial Ground at Haga, please visit my
Flickr album devoted to it and my visits there.

3 thoughts on “A visit to Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg’s grave

  1. E

    Thank you for the transcriptions. Interesting that the Danish prince consort was named as Henri when his official name has been Henrik for decades.

    Incidentally, do you know where Madeleine Kogevinas and Gunnila’s daughter Madeleine Möller (presuming that is still her surname) are residing? I couldn’t find either in the Swedish population register.

  2. Sofia Svanholm Post author

    Hello again E! 🙂 I think the inscriptions are very personal/familiar with the use of Daisy and so on, if I can guess I would guess that in the family they probably always used Henri and not Henrik. I doubt a person would be publicly re-named in a situation like that today.

    Madeleine Kogevinas probably still lives in Geneva, I have no idea were the other Madeleine lives.


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