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Husband of Princess Désirée of Sweden has died at 82

It has been announced by the Swedish Royal Court that Baron (Swedish: Freiherr) Niclas Silfverschiöld, the husband to Princess Désirée of Sweden died on 11 April after a brief illness at age 82 – just a month before his 83rd birthday. His wife was by his side when he passed away during the night. Princess Désirée, 78, is an older sister to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf.

In a press release from the Royal Court, His Majesty said, “My family and I have, with great sadness, received the news that Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld, Princess Désirée’s husband has passed away. Our thoughts go to Princess Désirée [and her] family.”

Expressen reached out to Princess Birgitta, the second oldest of the King’s sisters, who said, “It is so sad that you do not want to say anything. I hope you understand.”

As of yet, no details have been revealed about the funeral or memorial arrangements for the Baron. However, it is likely to be a private funeral.

Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld was born on 31 May 1934. Princess Désirée’s engagement to Niclas was announced on 18 December 1963. They married on 5 June 1964 at Stockholm Cathedral in the Swedish capital. Due to her unequal marriage, Désirée lost her style of “Royal Highness” and right to the throne for her and her children. King Carl XVI Gustaf gave her a courtesy title of Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld after the wedding.

The wedding of Princess Désirée to Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld on 5 June 1964. Photo: SVD/SCANPIX (Public Domain) via Wikimedia Commons

Désirée and Niclas had three children: Baron Carl Otto Edmund (22 March 1965), Baroness Christina-Louise Ewa Madeleine (29 September 1966) and Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla (20 September 1968). They also had four grandchildren.

Princess Désirée is a godmother to Crown Princess Victoria, and the King and Queen gave their daughter the middle name of Désirée in honour of her aunt.

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