Queen Silvia of Sweden

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Queen Silvia of Sweden (née Silvia Renate Sommerlath; born 23 December 1943) is the Queen consort of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Styled Her Majesty The Queen, Silvia is the mother of the heir apparent to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria.

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Childhood

Queen Silvia was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on 23 December 1943. She is the daughter of the late Walther Sommerlath and his Brazilian wife Alice, née de Toledo, also deceased. Her maternal grandfather was Artur Floriano de Toledo (1873-1935), a descendant of King Afonso III of Portugal and his concubine Maria Peres de Enxara.[1] The Queen has two older brothers: Ralf and Walther Sommerlath. Her third brother, Jörg Sommerlath, died in 2006. The Sommerlath family lived in São Paulo, Brazil, between 1947 and 1957, where Walther Sommerlath held various positions, including President of the Brazilian subsidiary of Swedish company Uddeholm. The family returned to West Germany in 1957.

Career

Before her marriage to the King of Sweden, Silvia Sommerlath worked at the Argentine Consulate in Munich, was an educational host during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, and served as the Deputy Head of Protocol for the Winter Games in Innsbruck in Austria. She also was briefly a flight attendant.

She is a trained interpreter and speaks six languages: Swedish, her native languages German and Portuguese, as well as French, Spanish, and English. She also is largely fluent in Swedish Sign Language for the deaf[2].

Marriage

During the 1972 Summer Olympics, Silvia Sommerlath met Crown Prince Carl Gustav of Sweden. In a later interview, the King explained how it just "clicked" when they met.

After the death of King Gustaf VI Adolf on 15 September 1973, Carl XVI Gustav was enthroned on 19 September that year.

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