Marta di Svezia was born Princess of Sweden and Norway until 1905, then only Princess of Sweden. She was born on March 28 1901 in Stockholm and between 1929 to 1954, she was the consort of Crown Prince Olav of Norway.
Marta di Sveziawas born to Charles, Duke of Västergötland . , brother of King Gustav V of Sweden, and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark .
The father of Marta di Svezia was a candidate for the throne of Norway when it decided to separate itself from Sweden.
However, due to the fact that his father was opposed to the birth of the new nation, he withdrew his candidacy. Concerning education, Marta di Svezia had private teachers teaching her at home. She completed extensive courses in childcare and first aid.
Marta di Svezia got engaged to her cousin, Prince Olav of Norway, son of Haakon VII of Norway, brother of her mother Ingeborg and Queen Maud, born Princess of Wales and daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom during the 1928 Summer Olympic Games in Amsterdam.
The engagement was based on love and it was seen as a sign of unity even after the separation of Norway from Sweden. The couple married on March 21, 1929, in Oslo Cathedral and it was the first royal wedding in Norway in 340 years.
Marta di Svezia and Prince Olav of Norway gave birth to three children; Ragnhild Alexandra of Norway ( June 9, 1930 – September 16, 2012), Astrid Maud Ingeborg of Norway (February 12, 1932) and Harald V of Norway (February 21, 1937).
Marta di Svezia and Prince Olav of Norway stayed at the Skaugum country estate, a wedding gift from Fritz Wedel Jarlsberg.
Marta di Svezia Cause of Death
Marta di Svezia was diagnosed with cancer and a long battle with the disease. She died on April 5, 1954, at the age of 53 years.
The death of Marta di Svezia was a major loss for her husband and children, as well as for Norway.