Ingrid of Sweden


Ingrid of Sweden : biography

1910-3-28 – 2000-11-7

She became Queen in 1947. As such, she reformed the traditions of Danish Court life, abolished many old-fashioned customs at Court and created a more relaxed atmosphere at official receptions. She was interested in gardening and art, and renovated the Gråsten Slot according to her own historical research about the Palace’s original appearance.

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After her death in Fredensborg Palace, Fredensborg, in 2000, Queen Ingrid was interred next to her husband outside Roskilde Cathedral near Copenhagen.


She was born in Stockholm as the third child of the future King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught. She also was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Ingrid’s mother died in 1920 from meningitis while in the eighth month of her sixth pregnancy. Her father married Lady Louise Mountbatten three years later. Louise was a second cousin of Ingrid’s. Only a stillborn daughter resulted from her father’s second marriage. Ingrid was raised to a sense of duty and seriousness.

In 1928, Ingrid met the Prince of Wales and was seen by some as a possible wife for the heir-apparent to the British throne, who was her second cousin. Her mother, Margaret of Connaught, and the then-Prince of Wales’ father, King George V, were first cousins, both being grandchildren of Queen Victoria. However, no engagement took place.

Her wedding to the Crown Prince of Denmark, was one of the greatest media events of the day in Sweden in 1935, and received so much attention that the media were criticised for it. Ingrid also appeared on the radio in 1935 and read a poem, something which was also given much attention.