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Gustaf VI Adolf
King of Sweden
Reign 29 October 1950 – 15 September 1973
Predecessor Gustaf V
Successor Carl XVI Gustaf
Spouse Princess Margaret of Connaught (m.1905 died.1920)
Louise Mountbatten (m.1923 died.1965)
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland
Ingrid, Queen of Denmark
Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland
Carl Johan Bernadotte
House House of Bernadotte
Father Gustaf V of Sweden
Mother Victoria of Baden
Born 11 November 1882(1882-11-11)
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 15 September 1973 (aged 90)
Helsingborg, Sweden

Gustaf VI Adolf (Oskar Fredrik Vilhelm Olaf Gustaf Adolf) (11 November 1882 – 15 September 1973) was King of Sweden from 1950 until his death. He was the eldest son of King Gustaf V and his wife Victoria of Baden.

He was born in Stockholm and at birth created Duke of Skåne. On 29 October 1950, he succeeded his father on the throne. His personal motto was Plikten framför allt, "Duty before all".

He married, firstly, Princess Margaret of Connaught on 15 June 1905 in St. George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle. Princess Margaret was the daughter of HRH Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of the United Kingdom.

He married, secondly, Lady Louise Mountbatten, formerly HSH Princess Louise of Battenberg, on 3 November 1923 at St. James's Palace. She was the sister of Lord Mountbatten and aunt of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It was Lady Louise who became Queen of Sweden. Both Queen Louise and her stepchildren were great grandchildren of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.



Then Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf with his first wife Margaret of Connaught and children in 1912.

In 1950, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf became king at age 67 upon the death of his father, King Gustaf V.

During Gustaf VI Adolf's reign, work was underway on a new Instrument of Government — eventually taking effect in 1975 after the kings' death — to replace the 1809 constitution and produce reforms consistent with the times. Among the reforms sought by some Swedes was the replacement of the monarchy or at least some moderation of the old constitution's provision that "The King alone shall govern the realm."

Gustaf VI Adolf's personal qualities made him popular among the Swedish people and, in turn, this popularity led to strong public opinion in favour of the retention of the monarchy. Gustaf VI Adolf's expertise and interest in a wide range of fields (architecture and botany being but two) made him respected, as did his informal and modest nature and his purposeful avoidance of pomp. The monarchy was, however, made subordinate to a democratic state. Additional powers of the monarch were removed when Sweden's constitutional reform became complete in 1975.

Gustaf VI Adolf was a devoted archaeologist, and was admitted to the British Academy for his work in botany in 1958. Gustaf VI Adolf participated in archaeological expeditions in China, Greece, and Italy, and founded the Swedish Institute at Rome.

He was the 1,126th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Spain in 1910 and the 915th Knight of the Order of the Garter in 1954.

The King died in 1973 at age 90 after a deterioration in his health that culminated in pneumonia in Helsingborg Hospital. He was succeeded on the throne by his 27-year-old grandson Carl XVI Gustaf, son of the late Prince Gustaf Adolf. In a break with tradition, he was not buried in Riddarholmskyrkan in Stockholm, but in the royal burial grounds in Haga alongside his two deceased wives.

King Gustaf VI Adolf and Crown Princess Margaretha of Sweden had five children:


Name Birth Death Notes
Prince Gustav Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten 22 April 1906 26 January 1947 father of the present King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland 7 June 1907 4 February 2002 later Count Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg
Princess Ingrid 28 March 1910 7 November 2000 later Queen of Denmark; mother of the present Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland 28 February 1912 5 January 1997 married Lillian Davies, no issue
Prince Carl Johan, Duke of Dalarna 31 October 1916 later Count Carl Johan, Bernadotte af Wisborg, married Countess Gunnila Wachtmeister af Johannishus, had adopted issue

Crown Princess Margaretha of Sweden died suddenly on 1 May 1920 of an infection following surgery. At the time, she was eight months pregnant and expecting her sixth child.

Prince Gustaf Adolf later married Lady Louise Mountbatten, on 3 November 1923. This second marriage produced only one stillborn daughter on 30 May 1925.

King Gustaf VI Adolf with his second wife Lady Louise Mountbatten; Queen Louise, in the 1950s.

King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden was the grandfather of both his direct successor King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and also of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Styles of
King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
Coat of Arms of Sweden.svg
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sir


The King's reputation as a "professional amateur professor" was widely known; nationally and internationally, and among his relatives.

Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf meets the some English footballers (c. 1910-1915).

Gustaf VI Adolf had an enormous private library consisting of 80,000 volumes and - nearly more impressively – he actually had read the main part of the books. He had an interest in specialist literature on Chinese art and East Asian history. Throughout his life, King Gustaf VI Adolf was particularly interested in the history of civilization, and he participated in several archaeological expeditions. His other great area of interest was botany, concentrating in flowers and gardening. He was considered an expert on the Rhododendron flower. At Sofiero (The king's summer residence) he created one of the very finest Rhododendron collections.

Like his son, Bertil, Gustaf VI Adolf maintained wide, lifelong interests in sports. He enjoyed tennis and golf, and fly fishing for char.


16. Charles XIV John of Sweden
8. Oscar I of Sweden
17. Désirée Clary
4. Oscar II of Sweden
18. Eugène de Beauharnais
9. Josephine of Leuchtenberg
19. Princess Augusta of Bavaria
2. Gustaf V of Sweden
20. Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
10. William, Duke of Nassau
21. Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg
5. Sofia of Nassau
22. Prince Paul of Württemberg
11. Princess Pauline of Württemberg
23. Katharina Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen
1. Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
24. Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden
12. Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden
25. Luise Karoline Geyer von Geyersberg
6. Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden
26. Gustaf IV Adolf of Sweden
13. Sophie of Sweden
27. Frederica of Baden
3. Victoria of Baden
28. Frederick William III of Prussia
14. William I, German Emperor
29. Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
7. Princess Louise of Prussia
30. Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
15. Augusta of Saxe-Weimar
31. Maria Pavlovna of Russia
Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
Born: 11 November 1882 Died: 15 September 1973
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Gustaf V
King of Sweden
Succeeded by
Carl XVI Gustaf
Title last held by
Karl XV
Duke of Skåne

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