Monday, 14 May 2012

Carl Johan Bernadotte’s funeral has taken place

At 11 a.m. today the funeral of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg, by birth Prince of Sweden, who died on 5 May, aged 95, was held in the Maria Church in Båstad.
The private funeral service was attended by some 400 mourners, led by his widow, Countess Gunnila Bernadotte af Wisborg, his children, Christian Bernadotte and Countess Monica Bonde af Björnö, the King and Queen of Sweden and the Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark. Among the other family members present were Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Margaretha, Princess Désirée and her son Baron Carl Silfverschiöld, Princess Christina, Princess Benedikte of Denmark and ex-Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes.
The coffin was draped in the flag of the Principality of Pontecorvo, over which the deceased’s ancestor Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, the future King Carl XIV Johan of Sweden and of Norway, reigned as Sovereign Prince from 1806 to 1810. Count Carl Johan was presented with the flag some years ago when he reinaugurated the quay in Helsingborg where his great-great-great-grandfather first stepped ashore in 1810 and was very proud of owning such a rare flag.
Later today his coffin will be taken to Stockholm, where a private memorial service will be held in the Palace Church at noon tomorrow. At this service the family will also be joined by Princess Madeleine, who is now on her way from New York, where she lives.
After the service of thanksgiving, the funeral cortege will depart the Royal Palace at 12.35 and go by way of Slottsbacken, Slottskajen, Norrbro, Gustaf Adolfs torg, Regeringsgatan, Hamngatan, Sveavägen and Norrtull to the Haga Park, where the late Count will be laid to rest in the Royal Burial Ground.

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