Friday, 20 April 2012

My latest article: Estelle Bernadotte

The unexpected choice of the name Estelle for the daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, who was born on 23 February, has naturally sparked renewed interest in her distant relative of that name, Countess Estelle Bernadotte af Wisborg. Estelle Bernadotte, who lived from 1904 to 1984, was the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist and married into a junior line of the House of Bernadotte when she became the wife of Folke Bernadotte, the youngest son of Prince Oscar Bernadotte and eventually a humanitarian hero. In the May issue of the British monthly magazine Majesty (Vol. 33, No. 5), which is out today, I tell the life story of Estelle Bernadotte, herself a notable humanitarian who did honour to her name.

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