Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Princess Estelle's name a "politcal statement?"

I am not entirely sure I share the writer's view that Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel chose the name Estelle as a "political statement" as Estelle was the name of the wife of Count Folke Bernadotte, who was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1948.  Count Folke, one of King Carl XVI Gustaf's godfathers,  was on a peace mission for the United Stations when he was killed by members of a Jewish terrorist group, known as the Stern Gang.

The Jewish militants were dressed as Israeli soldiers when they carried out the assassination of Count Folke.   The order to kill was made by the Stern Gang's leadership which included Yitzak Shamir, who later served as Israel's Prime Minister.

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