Oscar Bernadotte

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Oscar Bernadotte
Prince Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg
Photograph of Prince Oscar, c. 1900
Born(1859-11-15)15 November 1859
Palace of the Hereditary Prince, Stockholm, Sweden
Died4 October 1953(1953-10-04) (aged 93)
Stockholm, Sweden
(m. 1888; died 1946)
Oscar II of Sweden
MotherSophia of Nassau
SignatureOscar Bernadotte's signature

Prince Oscar Carl August Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (15 November 1859 – 4 October 1953) was a Swedish religious activist,

Duke of Gotland. However, by marrying contrary to Swedish constitutional requirements, he lost those titles, becoming instead Luxembourgish nobility as Prince Bernadotte and Count of Wisborg


Prince Oscar, before his marriage, served in the Swedish Navy, where he was enlisted for 25 years and attained the rank of Vice Admiral. In his youth, he visited the United States several times, beginning in 1876, and sailed around the world from 1883 to 1885 on the Vanadis.

Bernadotte was very active in social organizations, especially religious ones, such as the YMCA of Sweden and Friends of Mission to the Laps, both of which he chaired for many years. As the only member of Swedish royalty known to be born again, he founded the Södertälje Conferences, as inspired by the Keswick Convention, in 1898 and was an engaging inter-denominational Christian lay preacher of wide repute.


Photograph of Prince Oscar

Through Oscar's marriage in Bournemouth on 15 March 1888 to Swedish noblewoman Ebba Munck af Fulkila, lady-in-waiting to the Crown Princess, without the consent of his father, the King, he gave up his right of succession to the Swedish throne and his royal title.

Ebba was a lady-in-waiting of the crown princess,

Royal Palace of Stockholm
, where Ebba and Oscar were allowed to dance with each other, and on 29 January 1888, the engagement was formally announced. The match was regarded as a great sorrow within the royal house, but it received a lot of sympathy from the public. It was said that a bridge had been placed between the people and the royal house, "The Munck bridge", and the fact that Oscar had to give up his royal title made people say that the king no longer had four sons but only three, as one of them "married and had to quit". When the couple left Stockholm, a large crowd had gathered at the train station to see them off and show their support.

They were married on 15 March 1888 in

Sofia of Nassau, in the presence of Oscar's mother, Queen Sophia, two of his brothers (Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, and Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke), his cousin the Danish crown princess Louise of Sweden
, as well as the mother and brother of Ebba.

He and his wife were named with new titles as Prince and Princess Bernadotte as of their wedding day.[2] It has never been determined if that was a Swedish title of nobility or another form of unofficial courtesy title (such as some later dynasty members have been given). On 2 April 1892, he and his wife were given personal noble titles as Prince and Princess Bernadotte[3] when admitted into the nobility of Luxembourg by Oscar's uncle Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, previously Duke of Nassau, and also then given a Luxembourgish hereditary title as Count and Countess of Wisborg. Wisborg was derived from Visborg, castle ruins in Oscar's former Duchy of Gotland.

Bernadotte's family grave north of Stockholm, where the remains of his assassinated son Folke Bernadotte also are interred

The Prince Couple, as they were called, at first lived in Karlskrona, but in 1892 moved to Stockholm and remained there. They maintained summer residences at Villa Fridhem in Gotland and Malmsjö Manor in Sudermania.

Personal life

His wife was the daughter of Carl Jacob Munck af Fulkila (1808-1882) and his spouse, Baroness Henrika Ulrika Antoinetta Cederström (1819-1912).

They had five children:

He was the last surviving son of Oscar II.

Honours and arms


Swedish and Norwegian honours[4]
  • Knight and Commander of the Seraphim, 15 November 1859
  • Knight of the Order of Charles XIII, 15 November 1859
  • Grand Cross of St. Olav, with Collar
  • King Oscar II and Queen Sofia's Golden Wedding Medal
  • King Oscar II's Jubilee Commemorative Medal
  • Crown Prince Gustaf V and Crown Princess Silver Wedding Medal
  • King Gustaf V's Jubilee Commemorative Medal (1928)
  • King Gustaf V's Jubilee Commemorative Medal (1948)
Foreign honours[4]


  • Arms as Prince of Sweden and Norway, Duke of Gotland

    Arms as Prince of Sweden and Norway,
    Duke of Gotland

  • Oscar's arms as Count of Wisborg (1892)[11]

    Oscar's arms as
    Count of Wisborg (1892)[11]



  • Prins Oscar Bernadotte En minnesbok by several authors, edited by Bo Bengtson & Hugo Cedergren, J. A. Lindblads, Upsala, 1953
  1. ^ Oscar Bernadotte prins och förkunnare by Gösta Jövinger, Triangelförlaget, Stockholm 1949
  2. ^ Burke's Royal Families of the World vol. I 1977, p. 512.
  3. ^ original decree
  4. ^ a b Sveriges statskalender (in Swedish), vol. 2, 1955, p. 6, retrieved 2018-01-06 – via runeberg.org
  5. ^ Bille-Hansen, A. C.; Holck, Harald, eds. (1944) [1st pub.:1801]. Statshaandbog for Kongeriget Danmark for Aaret 1944 [State Manual of the Kingdom of Denmark for the Year 1944] (PDF). Kongelig Dansk Hof- og Statskalender (in Danish). Copenhagen: J.H. Schultz A.-S. Universitetsbogtrykkeri. p. 16. Retrieved 4 May 2020 – via da:DIS Danmark.
  6. ^ "A Szent István Rend tagjai" Archived 22 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Hof- und Staats-Handbuch des Großherzogtum Baden (1896), "Großherzogliche Orden" pp. 62, 76
  8. ^ Staatshandbuch für das Großherzogtum Sachsen / Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach (1900), "Großherzogliche Hausorden" p. 16
  9. ^ 刑部芳則 (2017). 明治時代の勲章外交儀礼 (PDF) (in Japanese). 明治聖徳記念学会紀要. p. 144.
  10. Royal Thai Government Gazette (9 March 1898). "พระราชทานเครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์ ทีประเทศยุโรป" (PDF) (in Thai). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2019-05-08. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help
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