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Sweden’s royals remember their country’s missing queen


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Crown Princess Victoria has paid a poignant visit to the grave of a royal relative to lead tributes to a missing Queen of Sweden. On the anniversary of the death of Crown Princess Margaret, her descendants remembered her with an arrangement of the flower she shared her name with and left daisies on her grave.

Margaret died on May 1st 1920, plunging her family and her country into grief. She had been a hugely popular Crown Princess, happily married to the heir to Sweden’s throne and in line to become a much loved queen consort. However, as she entered the final stages of her sixth pregnancy, she became unwell and died suddenly from sepsis in the early hours of May 1st. The country’s Prime Minister at the time, Hjalmar Branting, said that the ”ray of sunshine at Stockholm Palace has gone out”.

Margaret’s husband, Crown Prince Gustav Adolf, became King of Sweden thirty years later. Their grandson is the country’s present Monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf.

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On the centenary of Margaret’s death, Crown Princess Victoria and her family visited her grave at Karlsberg Island at Solna. Princess Christina of Sweden, Carl Gustaf’s sister, also paid her tributes at the tomb where Margaret is buried with her husband and his second wife, Queen Louise.

The royals left an arrangement of daisies on behalf of the whole Royal Family. The Crown Princess had been born in England as Princess Margaret of Connaught and was known by her English nickname, Daisy. Princess Christina has written a book about the grandmother she never knew, titled ”She Was Called Daisy”.

Margaret Victoria Charlotte Augusta Norah of Connaught was born on January 15th 1882 at Bagshot Park, Surrey as the elder daughter of Arthur, Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She married Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden on 15th June 1905 and they became Crown Prince and Princess in 1907. Her descendants also include Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

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