Saturday, June 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, Princess Désirée of Sweden, Baroness Silfverschiöld!

Celebrating these birthdays here at RO are also a way to take a look into royals I would never talk about if it wasn't their birthday. On June 2nd, Princess Désirée celebrated her 73rd birthday. Who is she, you might ask? Well, the Baroness Silfverschiöld is King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden's sister!

Here is what I found on Wikipedia Our Savior about her:  Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla (born 2 June 1938), was born at Haga Palace outside Stockholm. She is the third child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and granddaughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. Her brother is King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Princess Désirée's engagement to Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld, born at Koberg Castle, Sweden on 31 May 1934, son of Baron Carl Silfverschiöld and wife Madeleine Bennich, was announced on 18 December 1963, and the couple married the next year on 5 June 1964 in Storkyrkan in Stockholm. As a result of her unequal marriage, she lost her style of Royal Highness and became Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld. They have had 3 children together.

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld lives on the Silfvershiöld family's castle Koberg. She tries to stay out of the public eye, but when she is asked she often accepts official engagements on behalf of the Swedish Royal Family (which occur one or a few times a year). She and her husband are every now and then invited to the official dinners that The King and Queen host, and sometimes also to the dinners connected to state visits to Sweden. She is also Crown Princess Victoria's godmother.