Eight decades, eight images: Princess Birgitta of Sweden
Princess Birgitta of Sweden is eighty today
(photo Surtsicna via Wiki Commons)
The second of the Haga princesses turns eighty today. It's a big birthday for Sweden's Princess Birgitta who was born on January 19th 1937, a great granddaughter to the then king, Gustav V, and whose life since then has taken in many moments of royal history. As she celebrates eight decades, here's a look back at her story so far. Eight images for Birgitta, Princess of Sweden.
Birgitta Ingeborg Alice of Sweden was born at the Haga Palace in Stockholm to Prince Gustav Adolf and his wife, Princess Sybilla. She was their second daughter and like big sister, Margareta, had no succession rights. Her father was the eldest son of the eldest son of the King of Sweden and in line one day to inherit the throne. This photo is the first official portrait of Birgitta, all bright eyes and wonder on February 24th 1937 as she marked her first month.
Princess Birgitta was joined by two more sisters, Desiree and Christina, before baby brother, Carl Gustaf, arrived in April 1946. The only one of the five siblings with any right to the throne, he became even more important at the age of just nine months when the children's father, Prince Gustav Adolf, was killed in a plane crash. Birgitta was just ten when she lost her father. She is seen here the summer after Gustav Adolf's death with her mother and great grandfather, King Gustav V.