Alice Sommerlath

Alice Sommerlath
Born Alice Soares de Toledo
(1906-05-25)25 May 1906
São Manuel, São Paulo, Brazil
Died 9 March 1997(1997-03-09) (aged 90)
Ekerö, Sweden
Spouse(s) Walther Sommerlath
Children Ralf Sommerlath
Walther Ludwig Sommerlath
Hans Jörg Sommerlath
Queen Silvia of Sweden
Relatives Artur Floriano de Toledo (father)
Elisa Novais Soares (mother)
Grave of Walther and Alice Sommerlath

Alice Sommerlath, born Alice Soares de Toledo (25 May 1906 – 9 March 1997) was the mother of Queen Silvia, consort of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Early life

Sommerlath was born in the municipality of São Manuel in the Brazilian state of São Paulo,[1][2] she was the youngest child and only daughter of Elisa Novais Soares (1881–1928) and her husband Arthur Floriano de Toledo (1873–1935).

Marriage and later life

On 10 December 1925, Alice Soares de Toledo married at Santa Cecília, São Paulo to German entrepreneur Walther Sommerlath (1901–1990), eventually moving to Germany with him. There, the couple had four children:

From 1947 to 1957, the family lived in São Paulo, where Sommerlath's husband held positions such as president of the Brazilian subsidiary of Swedish company Uddeholm AB. In 1957, the Sommerlaths returned to Heidelberg.

Sommerlath was widowed in October 1990. She suffered from heart trouble and senile dementia and died at Drottningholm Palace in Ekerö Municipality, west of Stockholm in 1997. Her remains were buried in Heidelberg beside her husband's.


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