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Alice Victoria Trolle-Wactmeister (Tornérhielm)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Ekeby, Helsingborg, Skåne County, Sweden
Death: June 26, 2017 (91)
Trolle-Ljungby Castle, Kristianstad, Skåne County, Sweden
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Erik Gunnar Tornérhielm and Ellen Valentiner-Branth
Wife of Private
Sister of Erik Gustaf Viktor Tornérhielm; Nils Erik Tornérhielm and Göran Tornérhielm

Occupation: Överhovmästarinna, rikslottachef, Statsfru
Managed by: Tommy Bengt Erik Thuvesson
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About Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister

Alice Victoria Trolle-Wachtmeister was a Swedish Royal Court of Sweden servant from the 1970s to 2015, including Chief Court Mistress from 1994 to 2015.

Alice Tornérhielm was born on 9 May 1926 in Helsingborg, the daughter of Erik Tornérhielm, a squire from Gedsholm, and the Danish-born Ellen Valentiner-Branth. As a child, Trolle-Wachtmeister was often ill and lived for a long time in a sanatorium with a nurse in her mother's home country, Denmark. When she returned home to Gedsholm outside Helsingborg, she spoke only Danish. During her early school years, she lived in a boarding house in Helsingborg.

Seventeen years old in 1943, she followed her mother's example and joined the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service. After school graduation in 1945, she undertook home education which her father regarded as his daughter's military service. Then followed a nursing course with internship at a children's hospital, a practical social course in Copenhagen 1945–1947, a period in an English family and a time as a hostess. In 1947 she graduated from child care nurse training.

In 1949, Alice Tornérhielm married Count Hans Gabriel Trolle-Wachtmeister (born 9 January 1923), a member of the Trolle-Wachtmeister family, with whom she lived at Trolle-Ljungby Castle in Scania. Trolle-Wachtmeister then engaged in the Swedish Red Cross and in the Church Sewing Association.

She was trained in air defense and staff welfare services in the Swedish Air Force. Trolle-Wachtmeister was vice chief and then chief of the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service in Kristianstad County from 1962 to 1968 and from 1968 to 1974 respectively. She passed a management course at the Swedish National Defence College in 1974 and was chairman of the board of the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service and its chief from 1974 to 1978. Trolle-Wachtmeister was chairman of Sveriges unglottor from 1974 to 1978, when she became a statsfru, a high ranking court official. She served as such until 1994, when she was promoted to the office of the Chief Court Mistress, succeeding Astrid Rudebeck. As such, she was the highest ranking non-royal woman in Sweden.

Trolle-Wachtmeister was chairman of the municipal council from 1964 to 1976 and a member of the Temperance Board (Nykterhetsnämnden) and of the county council's Social Welfare Board (Socialnämnd) from 1970. She was also chairman of the Church Council, member of the Church Board, the Sophiahemmet Foundation (Sophiahemmets stiftelse), the Foundation of the Queen Silvia Jubilee Fund (Stiftelsen Drottning Silvias jubileumsfond), and chairman of the Foundation of Queen Victoria's Nursing Home (Stiftelsen Drottning Victorias vilohem) from 1984.

On 23 February 2012, along with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Speaker of the Parliament Per Westerberg and the Marshal of the Realm Svante Lindqvist, Countess Trolle-Wachtmeister was presented the newborn Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland. According to tradition, the Mistress of the Robes and the other officials are required to witness that the second in the line of succession to the throne is indeed the child of the Crown Princess, rather than a changeling. She then attended the announcement of the Princess's names on 24 February.

 


            

About Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister (suomi)

Alice Victoria Trolle-Wachtmeister was a Swedish Royal Court of Sweden servant from the 1970s to 2015, including Chief Court Mistress from 1994 to 2015.

Alice Tornérhielm was born on 9 May 1926 in Helsingborg, the daughter of Erik Tornérhielm, a squire from Gedsholm, and the Danish-born Ellen Valentiner-Branth. As a child, Trolle-Wachtmeister was often ill and lived for a long time in a sanatorium with a nurse in her mother's home country, Denmark. When she returned home to Gedsholm outside Helsingborg, she spoke only Danish. During her early school years, she lived in a boarding house in Helsingborg.

Seventeen years old in 1943, she followed her mother's example and joined the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service. After school graduation in 1945, she undertook home education which her father regarded as his daughter's military service. Then followed a nursing course with internship at a children's hospital, a practical social course in Copenhagen 1945–1947, a period in an English family and a time as a hostess. In 1947 she graduated from child care nurse training.

In 1949, Alice Tornérhielm married Count Hans Gabriel Trolle-Wachtmeister (born 9 January 1923), a member of the Trolle-Wachtmeister family, with whom she lived at Trolle-Ljungby Castle in Scania. Trolle-Wachtmeister then engaged in the Swedish Red Cross and in the Church Sewing Association.

She was trained in air defense and staff welfare services in the Swedish Air Force. Trolle-Wachtmeister was vice chief and then chief of the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service in Kristianstad County from 1962 to 1968 and from 1968 to 1974 respectively. She passed a management course at the Swedish National Defence College in 1974 and was chairman of the board of the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service and its chief from 1974 to 1978. Trolle-Wachtmeister was chairman of Sveriges unglottor from 1974 to 1978, when she became a statsfru, a high ranking court official. She served as such until 1994, when she was promoted to the office of the Chief Court Mistress, succeeding Astrid Rudebeck. As such, she was the highest ranking non-royal woman in Sweden.

Trolle-Wachtmeister was chairman of the municipal council from 1964 to 1976 and a member of the Temperance Board (Nykterhetsnämnden) and of the county council's Social Welfare Board (Socialnämnd) from 1970. She was also chairman of the Church Council, member of the Church Board, the Sophiahemmet Foundation (Sophiahemmets stiftelse), the Foundation of the Queen Silvia Jubilee Fund (Stiftelsen Drottning Silvias jubileumsfond), and chairman of the Foundation of Queen Victoria's Nursing Home (Stiftelsen Drottning Victorias vilohem) from 1984.

On 23 February 2012, along with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Speaker of the Parliament Per Westerberg and the Marshal of the Realm Svante Lindqvist, Countess Trolle-Wachtmeister was presented the newborn Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland. According to tradition, the Mistress of the Robes and the other officials are required to witness that the second in the line of succession to the throne is indeed the child of the Crown Princess, rather than a changeling. She then attended the announcement of the Princess's names on 24 February.

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Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister's Timeline

1926
May 9, 1926
Helsingborg, Skåne County, Sweden
2017
June 26, 2017
Age 91
Kristianstad, Skåne County, Sweden