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The Swedish Royal Family mourns Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg

The Swedish Royal family has bid their final farewell to Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg who died a few weeks ago.

King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia all stepped out wearing black to attend Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg’s funeral on Sunday. He was a second cousin of King Carl Gustaf’s father as well as of King Harald V of Norway, Kings Baudouin I and Albert II of the Belgians and the late Queen Ingrid of Denmark. He was known by the name “Oscis” a much-appreciated family member. Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg died at the age of 97 on the 2nd of November 2018. Today his funeral was held at Rasbo Church in Uppsala.

The Royal Family laid a wreath made up of white roses and violet flowers next to the coffin. Attached to the wreath was a ribbon in yellow and blue, Sweden’s national colours, with the monogram of the King and Queen, Crown Princess Couple, Prince Couple and Princess Couple. Princess Madeleine and her husband Chris O’Neill were not able to attend the funeral as the couple relocated to Florida, USA earlier this year. It is believed that Prince Daniel remained at home with his children as he was also absent.

Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg played an important role in the life of the young King Carl Gustaf as he lost his father at a very young age. The King commented on his dead saying: “I have many great memories from all the visits that my family and I made at Frötuna gård, where we were always received with great hospitality and a warm family community.”

It is believed that Crown Princess Victoria named her youngest child, Prince Oscar after him. The Count said in an interview after the birth of Prince Oscar: “The Crown Princess is a lovely person and we’re really great friends.”

There were around 200 guests at the funeral of Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg. He was remembered as a great father, grandfather and much appreciated by his many friends and family. The family had chosen Louis Armstrongs What a Wonderful World to be played at the funeral as the Count had such a wonderful, long life.

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.