I am catching up with the weekend’s newspapers and notice in Svenska Dagbladet from Sunday (which by the way had a long feature article about the importance of royal visits abroad to Swedish business) an annoucement of the engagement of Josephine Bernadotte af Wisborg and Mikael Salenstedt, which took place at Malta on 9 October.
Countess Josephine Eva Bernadotte af Wisborg was born on 5 January 1984 and is the eldest daughter of Count Carl and Countess Charlotte Bernadotte af Wisborg, who live at Frötuna Manor outside Norrtälje (close to Uppsala).
Josephine Bernadotte af Wisborg’s grandfather, Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg, who is now 89, inherited Frötuna as an entail through his mother, née Baroness Marianne de Geer af Leufsta, who later married Marcus Wallenberg, head of the powerful financial dynasty.
Count Oscar’s father Carl was an elder brother of the famous Folke Bernadotte and the eldest son of Prince Oscar Bernadotte, the second son of King Oscar II, who gave up his rights to the thrones of Sweden and Norway to marry the former lady-in-waiting Ebba Munck af Fulkila in 1888.
Josephine Bernadotte af Wisborg is thus the fourth cousin of Crown Princess Victoria, but, with the exception of her great-aunt Dagmar von Arbin, the family has little contact with the royals.
Josephine herself graduated with a MSc from Stockholm School of Economics in 2008, which also involved studies in management at ESADE Business School in Barcelona and the University of Californa. She was subsequently chosen to take part in Ericsson Female Talent Graduate Program and worked at Ericsson’s internal management consultancy unit.
She is now an associate working with analytics at the company Rite Ventures. Her fiancé is business development manager at Ramirent.