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Grandchildren of monarchs: King Carl XVI Gustaf


Continuing our series that looks at the grandchildren of the world’s monarchs, this edition focuses on the grandchildren of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Only two of the King’s grandchildren hold the style of Royal Highness and are members of the Royal House. The children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia and the children of Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill had their style of Royal Highness and place in the Royal House revoked in October 2019. They remain part of the Royal Family and in the line of succession. The King did this to allow his grandchildren to have more freedom in their lives as they grew older; this means they will not be required to represent the Royal Family as adults.

Princess Estelle

The first grandchild of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden was born on 23 February 2012 to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Her full title is Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland. Estelle is second in line to the Swedish throne.

Kate Gabor, The Royal Court of Sweden

Princess Leonore

Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland, was born on 20 February 2014 in New York City; she holds dual American-Swedish nationality. Leonore is the second grandchild of the King and Queen and the first child of Princess Madeleine and her husband, Chris O’Neill. She had the style of Royal Highness until October 2019, when her grandfather revoked the style; she is ninth in the Swedish line of succession.

Photo: Princess Madeleine

Prince Nicolas

The second child and only son of Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill was born on 15 June 2015 in Sweden; he is the first grandson of the King and Queen. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf, Duke of Ångermanland – tenth in line to the throne – resides in Miami, Florida, with his family. He held the Royal Highness style until October 2019.

Photo: Princess Madeleine

Prince Oscar

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HRH Prince Oscar Carl Olof of Sweden, Duke of Skåne, is the second child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. He is third in the line of succession to the Swedish throne behind his mother and older sister. Oscar was born on 2 March 2016.

Prince Alexander

Photo: Prinsparet/Instagram

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s first son is the third grandson and fifth grandchild of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland, is fifth in line to the Swedish throne and no longer holds the style of Royal Highness. He was born on 19 April 2016.

Prince Gabriel

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Born on 31 August 2017, Prince Gabriel Carl Walther, Duke of Dalarna, is the second son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. He is sixth in the line of succession and no longer holds the style of Royal Highness.

Princess Adrienne

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Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill’s youngest child was born on 9 March 2018 in Sweden. Princess Adrienne Josephine Alice, Duchess of Blekinge, is the youngest granddaughter of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia; she is 11th in the line of succession. She only held the style of Royal Highness for a year and a half before her grandfather made the change in who was entitled to the style and place in the Royal House.

Prince Julian

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Photo by HRH Prince Carl Philip/Kungahuset

Prince Julian Herbert Folke, Duke of Halland, is the youngest child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia and the youngest grandchild of the King and Queen. He was born on 26 March 2021 as the first grandchild of King Carl XVI Gustaf not to be born with the style of Royal Highness or place in the Royal House. He is seventh in the line of succession.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.