Silvia of Sweden

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Queen Silvia of Sweden (2013) with a diadem

Queen Silvia of Sweden (* 23. December 1943 in Heidelberg as Silvia Renate Sommerlath ) is the wife of King Carl XVI. Gustaf and mother of the heir to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria . In 2011, Silvia became Sweden's longest-serving queen, a record previously held by Sophia of Nassau .


Childhood and youth

Silvia Renate Sommerlath was born in Heidelberg as the daughter of Walther Sommerlath (1901–1990) and his Brazilian- born wife Alice Soares de Toledo (1906–1997) and has three older brothers Ralf, Walther and Jörg († 2006). She grew up in São Paulo between 1947 and 1957 . In 1957 the family returned to Germany. Among other things, Silvia attended the Elisabeth von Thadden School , a private school in Heidelberg-Wieblingen . In 1963 she graduated from the Luisen-Gymnasium Düsseldorf , and from 1965 to 1969 she attended the Language and Interpreter Institute in Munich. In addition to Swedish and German, she speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, English and Swedish sign language . She worked in the Argentine consulate in Munich , as hostess of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich and as deputy chief of protocol for the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck . She is Evangelical Lutheran .

marriage and family

Swedish royal family
Great coat of arms of Sweden.svg

HM Konung Carl XVI. Gustaf
HM Drottning Silvia

HKH Princess Birgitta

Silvia during a public appearance in Oslo (2005)

Silvia Sommerlath made the acquaintance of her future husband, Carl XVI, as a hostess at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Gustaf of Sweden, whom she married on June 19, 1976 in Stockholm's Storkyrka (engagement on March 12, 1976). Silvia's uncle, the Leipzig theology professor Ernst Sommerlath , participated in the ceremony . The day before, the Swedish pop group ABBA premiered the song Dancing Queen in a program in honor of the bride and groom on Swedish television.

Carl Gustaf had already become king in 1973; had he married the bourgeois Silvia, who was not equal under Swedish law , as crown prince , his exit from the royal family would have been necessary, combined with a loss of rank in the line of succession. However, this law only applied to princes, not to the ruling monarch.

In addition to her representative duties, Silvia is committed to helping disadvantaged and abused children. In 1999 she founded the World Childhood Foundation . In 1990 she received the German Culture Prize for her commitment to sports for the disabled, in 2002 she received the German Media Prize in Baden-Baden and in 2006 the Honorary Bambi from the publishing house Hubert Burda Media .

Queen Silvia is also the patron of a total of 62 associations. In the vicinity of Drottningholm Palace , Silvia founded the Silviahemmet (Swedish for "The Silviaheim"), in which people with dementia are cared for. In Germany, the Silviahemmet Foundation cooperates with the Maltese , who implement the Silviahemmet concept at several locations, and the St. Anna-Stift Kroge. The royal couple also set up the Royal Wedding Fund, which supports research in the field of disabled sports.

Silvia and the King, 2015

Silvia and Carl Gustaf have three children:

Silvia has three granddaughters and four grandsons: Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary and Oscar Carl Olof , daughter and son of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel , Leonore Lilian Maria , Nicolas Paul Gustaf , Adrienne Josephine Alice , daughter and son of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O 'Neill , Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil and Gabriel Carl Walther , sons of Prince Carl Philipp and Princess Sofia .

Orders and honors (selection)

At the children's request, she received the international award as Cavalier of the Order of Smiles .

year Country Orders / decorations
1976 SwedenSweden Sweden Royal Order of Seraphines
1979 Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany Special level of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1979 Spain 1977Spain Spain Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
1979 AustriaAustria Austria Big star of the Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria
1981 IcelandIceland Iceland Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcons
1982 NorwayNorway Norway Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
1982 FinlandFinland Finland Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose
1983 LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg Knight of the Nassau House Order of the Golden Lion
1984 Brazil 1968Brazil Brazil Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross
1985 DenmarkDenmark Denmark Elephant Order
1987 PortugalPortugal Portugal Grand Cross of the Order of Christ
GreeceGreece Greece Grand Cross of the Order of Honor
BelgiumBelgium Belgium Grand Cross of the Order of the Leopold
FranceFrance France Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor
FranceFrance France Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit
NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Grand Cross of the Order of the Dutch Lion
MexicoMexico Mexico Grand Cross of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
ThailandThailand Thailand Grand Cross of the Order of Chula Chom Klao
JapanJapan Japan Grand Cross of the Order of the Noble Crown
1991 ItalyItaly Italy Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
1995 LithuaniaLithuania Lithuania Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great
1995 EstoniaEstonia Estonia Order of the Marienland Cross 1st class
1995 LatviaLatvia Latvia Grand Cross of the Three Star Order
1996 HungaryHungary Hungary Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
1998 ArgentinaArgentina Argentina Grand Cross of the Order of the Liberator San Martin
1999 UkraineUkraine Ukraine Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise 1st class
2007 Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg Medal of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg
2008 RomaniaRomania Romania Grand Cross of the Star of Romania
2008 PortugalPortugal Portugal Grand Cross of the Order of the Infante Dom Henrique
2009 Lower SaxonyLower Saxony Lower Saxony Courage price
2011 EstoniaEstonia Estonia Order of the White Star 1st class
2011 PolandPoland Poland Order of the White Eagle
2014 SaxonySaxony Saxony Dresden Order of St. George
2015 GermanyGermany Germany German sustainability award
2016 North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia Benedict Prize of Mönchengladbach
2017 BavariaBavaria Bavaria Bavarian Order of Merit
2017 GermanyGermany Germany Theodor Wanner Prize

coat of arms

Queen's coat of arms

The Queen's personal coat of arms shows the same content in the main shield (in the oval lady's shield shape ) as that of the king, but the Bernadotte's heart shield is interchanged with that of the Sommerlath family: in the red and gold split shield a lily in confused colors. The royal crown rests on the main shield. The Kungliga Serafimerorden ( Royal Seraphine Order ) is placed on a blue ribbon around the main shield . The coat of arms of the Sommerlath is similar to that of the German von Sommerlatt family: a silver lily in red; on the helmet with red and silver covers six (alternating silver and red) ostrich feathers. This family comes from Thuringia and appears with Rudolfus Somerlate, councilor of the imperial city of Mühlhausen , in a document on July 3, 1297 and passed into the landed gentry in the 15th century. In 1913 it was registered in the Royal Saxon Nobility Book.


Web links

Commons : Queen Silvia of Sweden  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Südwest Presse Online-Dienst GmbH: Queen Silvia of Sweden: With the heart in Heidelberg . In: . August 20, 2016 ( [accessed April 10, 2017]).
  2. Essen LVR School as a guest of Queen Silvia of Sweden . April 8, 2009. Archived from the original on April 25, 2010. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved April 7, 2010. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
  4. Jean Schoos : The medals and decorations of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the former Duchy of Nassau in the past and present. Publishing house of Sankt-Paulus Druckerei AG. Luxembourg 1990. ISBN 2-87963-048-7 . P. 345.
  5. Information page of the Estonian President
  6. Information page of the Estonian President
  7. 10 years of the German Sustainability Award. German Sustainability Award Foundation, December 2, 2017, accessed on March 23, 2018 .
  8. ^ Queen Silvia of Sweden receives Benedict Prize. Domradio , April 25, 2016, accessed April 25, 2016 .
  9. Prime Minister Seehofer awards Bavarian Order of Merit to IM Queen Silvia of Sweden . From:, accessed on July 25, 2017
  10. Give my regards to Heidelberg. Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, September 28, 2017, accessed on September 28, 2017 .
  11. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels , Adelslexikon Volume XIII, Complete Series Volume 128, C. A. Starke, Limburg / Lahn 2002, p. 414 f.
predecessor Office Successor
Louise Mountbatten Queen of Sweden
since 1976