Sweden's Queen Sylvia
Rumors about her family history have long trailed the German-born queen, who last year protested a Swedish television documentary that looked into her father’s role in Germany’s “Aryanization” program, in which Jewish property was seized and taken over by other Germans.
The documentary, Kalla Fakta (The Cold Facts), investigated reports that the queen’s father, Walther Sommerlath, had obtained the factory after returning to Germany from Brazil. Following the documentary’s broadcast, the queen wrote a letter of protest to the channel’s general manager. She has long denied any family connections to the Nazis, as did her father, who was rumored to have joined the party in 1934.
Her sudden willingness to investigate her family’s past therefore comes as a “surprise,” according to a Swedish news source.
A spokesperson for the royal family suggested the investigation could be challenging.