Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg, Crown Princess of Sweden, HRH Princess Margaret of Connaught, King Carlos and Queen Amélie of Portugal, King Edward VII of Great Britain, King Manuel II of Portugal, Prince Gustaf Adolph of Sweden, Princess of the United Kingdom, Princess Victoria Patricia of Connaught, Queen Victoria
For the next few days I will focus on other royals that I find interesting and will provide some biographical information and the reasons why I find them interesting.
HRH Princess Margaret of Connaught, Princess of the United Kingdom, Crown Princess of Sweden
Born: January, 15 1882. Died: 1 May 1920. She was the daughter of HRH Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia. Her father, the Duke of Connaught, was the third son and seventh child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
From many of the pictures I have seen Princess Margaret was very beautiful. Along with her sister, Princess Victoria Patricia, she was considered one of the most eligible princesses in all of Europe. She had a deep interest in the visual arts including, drawing, painting and photography.
Her uncle, King Edward VII of Great Britain, wanted her to marry a king or a crown prince. In 1905 the Duke and Duchess of Connaught visited Portugal and the court of King Carlos and Queen Amélie (born a princess of Orléans) where Margaret and her sister met with Luís Filipe, Duke of Braganza, and Prince Manuel (future King Manuel II). However, nothing came of these meetings.
The Duke and Duchess of Connaught continued their travels and in Cairo, Egypt Princess Margaret met Prince Gustaf Adolph of Sweden, grandson of King Oscar II of Sweden. The intent on this meeting was for Princess Victoria Patricia and Prince Gustaf Adolph to meet. However, for Princess Margaret and Prince Gustaf Adolph it was love at first sight. The prince proposed that evening and the couple were married June 15, 1905 at St, George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. This rapid romance and marriage may seem strange in our time but this was the common practice back then.
Princess Margaret became Crown Princess of Sweden in 1907 upon the death of King Oscar II of Sweden and the accession of Gustaf Adolph’s father as King Gustaf V of Sweden. Although the union was a happy one they had five children (four sons and one daughter) it seems Margaret was unhappy in Sweden. When World War I broke out Princess Margaret was supportive and active in the Red Cross.
In 1920, while pregnant with her sixth child, Princess Margaret under went a mastoid operation, developed a fever and died at the age of 38.
I find myself attracted to her story because it is a life of an artistic princess that held so much promise that ended in tragedy. Incidentally, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg who passed away on May 5 of this year, was Princess Margret’s last surviving child.