Widow of Swedish count dies in southern Germany
Published: 21 Oct 2008 14:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Oct 2008 14:18 GMT+02:00
- First Swedish royal rebel dies aged 95 (23 Dec 04)
Her passing was confirmed by the management of the estate which she ran on the island of Mainau on Lake Constance in southern Germany.
Sonja Bernadotte was the Count’s second wife.
Born the Prince of Sweden and Duke of Småland, Lennart Bernadotte forfeited his royal title when he married his first wife, commoner Karin Nissvandt, in 1932.
In 1951 he was made Count of Wisborg by the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
After divorcing Nissvandt in 1971, he then married Sonja Bernadotte the following year.
The couple remained married until Lennart’s death in 2004.
The island of Mainau was originally a summer residence for Germany’s Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden, as well as his son Fredrick II.
When the latter died childless in 1928, the island passed over to his sister, Victoria of Baden, who by then was married to King Gustaf V of Sweden.
The island serves as Lake Constance’s main tourist attractions, featuring elaborate floral gardens, a butterfly house, and attractive views of the lake.