Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Carl Johan Bernadotte’s funeral to take place on 14 May

It has been confirmed that the funeral of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg, by birth Prince of Sweden, who died on Saturday night at the age of 95, will take place in the Maria Church in Båstad at 11 a.m. on 14 May. His coffin will then be taken to the Palace Church in Stockholm, where a memorial service will be held the next day. Thereafter the Count will be interred at the Royal Burial Ground in the Haga Park just outside Stockholm.
A new grave will be created for him in the Royal Burial Ground, where his second wife Gunnila will one day also be laid to rest. This means that he will not rest alongside his first wife Kerstin, who was buried in Båstad following her death in 1987, but close to his parents and his three brothers.
Both King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Prince Daniel have official engagements in Stockholm on 14 May, and according to the court it has not yet been decided if the King will attend the funeral in Båstad. However, the court says that the royal family will be represented in Båstad. The Queen of Denmark is scheduled to receive the retiring ambassador of Vietnam in Copenhagen on the day of the funeral, but I would suppose this will be rescheduled to make it possible for her to attend the funeral of her uncle.

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