Princess Birgitta of Sweden
She is the second child of late Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and late Princess Sibylla of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha and a granddaughter of late King Gustaf VI Adolf. Her sisters are Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, and Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson.
Among her sisters she alone married a man of princely status, and, in keeping with the tradition that royal princesses who marry royal princes retain their premarital styles, Princess Birgitta retained her Swedish style of Royal Highness. A Princess (consort) of Hohenzollern would normally be entitled to the style of Serene Highness.
On a visit in 1959 to friends and relatives in Germany, the princess met her future husband at a cocktail party. On 15 December 1960, her engagement to Johann Georg Carl Leopold Eitel-Friedrich Meinrad Maria Hubertus Michael, Prince of Hohenzollern (b. 1932), was announced. The civil ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on 25 May 1961, and the religious in the Sankt Johann Church at the bridegroom's Family Palace of Sigmaringen on 30 May/ 31 July 1961.
Prince Johann Georg and Princess Birgitta separated in 1990, though they remain legally married. She lives on the island Majorca in Spain, while her husband, known as "Hansi," lives in Munich and is the director of a museum.
Princess Birgitta performs a lot of assignments for golf and charity (not in Sweden), and is an Honorary Board Member of the Royal Swedish Golf Society (which she took over when her uncle Prince Bertil died). She has her own golf competition in Majorca, the Princess Birgitta Trophy, at her home golf course. She participates in the celebrations of the Swedish Lucia every year, and in the party held at her golf club on Sweden’s National Day.
Princess Birgitta's marriage has produced three children:
- HSH Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern
- HSH Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern
- HSH Prince Hubertus of Hohenzollern
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- 19 January 1937 – 25 May 1961: Her Royal Highness Princess Birgitta of Sweden
- 25 May 1961 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Birgitta of Hohenzollern, Princess of Sweden