The Swedish royal court has now confirmed the rumours that Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel will visit France this autumn as part of the Bernadotte bicentenary celebrations. The crown princessly couple will visit Paris and Pau, the town where the future Carl XIV Johan was born, on 27 and 28 September.
King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise made a similar visit in 1963, when the 200th anniversary of Carl Johan’s birth was marked. The King and Queen then made a day-trip to Pau at the end of their state visit to Paris. There they met with Baron Henry Bernadotte, the last agnatic male descendant of Carl Johan’s brother, whose death three years later brought to an end the baronial Bernadotte line. (Bernadottes currently living in Pau descend from André Bernadotte, a brother of Carl Johan’s grandfather).
It could be added that as of yesterday Princess Madeleine is back working with the World Childhood Foundation in New York, which means that she has cancelled her attendance at the celebrations taking place in Helsingborg on 20 October to mark the 200th annivesary of the newly-elected Crown Prince’s stepping ashore in Sweden.