Viktoria (Zähringen) Bernadotte

Viktoria Sophie Marie (Zähringen) Bernadotte (1862 - 1930)

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Viktoria Sophie Marie Bernadotte formerly Zähringen aka av Baden
Born in Karlsruhe, Badenmap
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Died in Villa Svezia, Rome, Italymap
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Categories: Royalty | House of Zähringen | Spouses of Swedish Monarchs | Hovförsamlingen (AB) | Riddarholmskyrkan, Klara, Stockholm.

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Victoria was born August 7, 1862, at the castle in Karlsruhe as the daughter of Grand Duke Friedrich and Luise of Preussen. Her maternal grandfather was Keiser Wilhelm I and her paternal grandmother was princess Sofia Wilhelmina, daughter of king Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden.[1]


In 1879 she met her future husband, the crown prince of Sweden Gustaf, for the fist time. He was attending a fall military exercise in Strassburg. March 12, 1881, they got engaged and September 20 the same year they got married in Karlsruhe. Together they had three sons.[1]

  • Gustav Adolf (1882 - 1973), king of Sweden
  • Vilhelm (1884 - 1965), duke of Södermanland
  • Erik (1889 - 1918), duke of Västmanland

1884 jun 17 Catl WIlhelm Ludvig born Tullgarns Slott, Södertälje, Sweden[2]

Picture from Arkiv Digital of Hovförsamlingen CI:6 (1861-1886) Image 127 (AID: v85366.b127, NAD: SE/SSA/0007)
Picture from Arkiv Digital of Hovförsamlingen CI:6 (1861-1886)
Birth record Hans Kungliga Höghet Hertigen af Södermanland Catl WIlhelm Ludvig born Tullgarns Slott

1889 apr 20 son [[Bernadotte-20|Erik Gustaf Ludvig Albert born[3]


Victoria's health was weak so she spent some time in Egypt in 1890 - 1891. She wrote about her trip in the book "Vom Nil, Tagelblätter" (1892).[1]

Queen of Sweden

December 8, 1907, she became the queen of Sweden. She had lost the title of crown princess of Norway in 1905.[1]

First World War

The first world war broke out in 1914 and Victoria formed the Queens Central commité and was in charge of Föreningen Sveriges Flotta. The castle of Karlsruhe was bombed in 1915 while the queen was there. She was forced to flee the city in 1918 due to the German revolution. First she went to Odenwald, then to Langenstein Castle in the southern parts of Baden, and finally to Mainau. She was not able to return to Sweden until 1919.[1]

Summer Recidence

In 1903 Victoria had started building a summer recidense at Borgholm on the island of Öland which came to be called Solliden. Since 1906 she had spent her summers there but from 1919 she spent them on Capri instead.[1]


In 1926 she moved to Villa Svezia in Rome, Italy, and she died there in 1931.[1]

King Oscar II of Sweden (1829-1907) and family, from left: Prince Oscar and Princess Ebba Bernadotte, Princess Ingeborg with daughter Margaretha, Prince Carl, Princess Teresia, Queen Sofia, Prince Wilhelm and Gustaf (VI) Adolf, (king), Crown Prince Gustaf (V), Crown Princess Viktoria, Prince Erik and Eugen

Riddarholm Church

The Riddarholm Church (swe. Riddarholmskyrkan) is the final resting place of the Swedish kings and Stockholm's only preserved medieval monastery church. With the one exception of Queen Christina, all succeeding rulers of Sweden from Gustav II Adolf (d. 1632) to Gustaf V (d. 1950) are buried in the Riddarholmen Church. The Riddarholm church is located at Riddarholmen, near Gamla Stan (Old Town).

Riddarholmskyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden

More information about the church see Space:Riddarholmskyrkan


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ohlmarks, Åke (1976) Alla Sveriges Drottningar Almqvist & Wiksell Förlag AB, Stockholm
  2. Hovförsamlingen CI:6 (1861-1886) Image 127 (AID: v85366.b127, NAD: SE/SSA/0007)
  3. Hovförsamlingen CI:7 (1887-1894) Image 15 (AID: v85367.b15, NAD: SE/SSA/0007)

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Viktoria is 26 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 27 degrees from Katy Jurado and 4 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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