Today’s entry will bring us the last of the Haga Princesses, Christina. She is the fourth child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten and his wife Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha,. You can read the previous Haga Princess posts for Margaretha, Birgitta, and Désirée by clicking their names. Like her sisters, Christina Louise Helena was never in line for the throne as the Swedish tradition at the time was male primogeniture.
Christina’s life was a bit different, however, as she often served as the first lady of Sweden, both for her grandfather and for her brother, prior to his marriage to Silvia Sommerlath in 1976. She has remained the most visible of the king’s sisters, often attending the Nobel Prize dinners as well as other official functions.
The Princess married Tord Magnuson in 1974 and I’d like to thank her for placing him on the scene for me to admire. He’s like a fine wine, that guy, infinitely improving with age.
There have been some hardships along the way including Christina’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2010, a jewel theft in 2012 which resulted in her own diamond and pearl tiara being thrown into a river(!) among the loss of several other historical items, and a diagnosis of leukemia in 2016. She has since scaled back her official duties with her family’s support.
Recently, Christina has written a book about the grandmother she never knew, Princess Margaret of Connaught with the help of her cousins Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Let us know if you get a copy of Hon Kallades Daisy (She Was Called Daisy) and perhaps we can persuade you to do a book report! Until then, we have a brief preview from JR on Twitter.
Since I'm working I've only had time to have a quick shofti through the book but the pictures are lovely and there's many I haven't seen before. This is one of my favourites. pic.twitter.com/Qzk1Mj5kYe
— JR (@Jakreg76) April 21, 2020
I’ve ended all of the Haga posts with photos of the ladies in tiaras, and our final entry will do the same. Last week we showed Désirée at weddings and today we’ll show Christina at the Nobels in a slideshow. She wore her lost tiara quite a bit, but as you can see from the slideshow, she has rocked the buttons her entire life and has even put the Steel Cuts (both large and small) on for the event. A few surprises (to me) are in there as well. Enjoy!
What do you know of Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson? Show us your favorite photos in the comments!