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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

Gunnila

(the Count’s widowed wife)

Christian & Marianne
Christina, Richard, Philip

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

Monica
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)

Madeleine
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)

Lilian

(probably Princess Lilian of Sweden)

Carl Philip
Madeleine
“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”) Continue reading