Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland

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Prince Bertil
, Sweden
Lilian Davies

(m. 1976)
Bertil Gustaf Oskar Carl Eugén
Margaret of Connaught
ReligionChurch of Sweden
Nordic Museum
about 1950

Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (Bertil Gustaf Oskar Carl Eugén; 28 February 1912 – 5 January 1997), was a member of the

Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. From 1973 to 1979 he was heir presumptive to his nephew King Carl XVI Gustaf and the Swedish throne

Early life

Bertil was born 28 February 1912 at Stockholm, as the fourth of five children born to Princess Margaret of Connaught and Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden. His siblings included:

Prince Carl Johan, Duke of Dalarna

The family lived in apartments at

Sofiero Castle in Helsingborg in the southernmost province of Sweden, Scania.[1]

Royal role

Bertil was granted a very old dukedom, one that was bestowed in the

succession (owing to a constitutionally unacceptable marriage), it seemed likely that Bertil could one day become regent. After Carl Gustaf became king, Bertil remained the next in line to the throne (until the birth of Prince Carl Philip
in 1979), and continued to act as the King's deputy.

When the Act of Succession was changed in 1980, rights to the throne were restricted to Carl XVI Gustaf and his descendants; however, a special addendum was made for Bertil's case, so that he became third (and, after the birth of Princess Madeleine in 1982, fourth) in line to the throne.

Personal life

Bertil became a naval officer; and, during the

Second World War, he served as Swedish naval attaché at the embassy in London

In 1943, Bertil met his long-term partner,

Since his life with Craig was not official, Prince Bertil's single status meant he was suggested as a match for, among others,

Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom.[3] After the death of Gustaf VI Adolf in 1973, the new king, Carl XVI Gustaf, married a non-royal woman and approved the marriage of Bertil and Lilian, which took place at Drottningholm Palace on 7 December 1976.[citation needed

Bertil was fond of cars, owning a rare

Nova Scotia, Canada. A parking garage in Sainte-Maxime is named after him. The Ex-HRH Prince Bertil of Sweden also owned a 1926 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix [6]
A copy of its original Swedish registration document starting in the name of HRH Prince Bertil in 1939.

Prince Bertil was a keen supporter and practitioner of various sports, notably tennis and boules. In 1947, he was elected Chairman of both the Swedish Sports Confederation and Sweden's Olympic Committee. He was also a member of the fine-dining society La Chaine des Rotisseurs.

He died at his home the Villa Solbacken in Stockholm in 1997, with Princess Lilian at his side. Their grave is at the

Haga Park

Military ranks


National Honours

Foreign honours


Bertil's coat of arms

On his creation as Duke of Halland, Prince Bertil was granted use of a coat of arms based on the Arms of Dominion of Sweden, with the arms of Halland in the third quarter.



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Prince Bertil
Born: 28 February 1912 Died: 5 January 1997
Preceded by Duke of Halland
Title next held by
Prince Julian