Prince August, Duke of Dalarna

Prince August, Duke Of Dalarna

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Prince August, Duke of Dalarna

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Prince Nikolaus August, Duke of Dalarna (24 August 1831 – 4 March 1873) was the youngest of the five issue of King Oscar I of Sweden and Josephine of Leuchtenberg.


Early life

Born in Drottningholm Palace in Ekerö, Stockholm County, his eldest sibling was King Carl XV of Sweden.

During parts of 1849-1853, he was a student at Uppsala University. On 10 December 1851, he was made an honorary member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


On 16 April 1864 in Altenburg, the Duke married Princess Therese Amalie of Saxe-Altenburg (Ansbach, 21 December 1836 - Haga Palace, Stockholm, 9 November 1914), or Saxe-Altenburg, Duchess of Saxony, eldest daughter of Prince Eduard of Saxe-Altenburg. The marriage did not produce issue. In Sweden, his wife was styled Princess Theresia.

The Prince was very interested in trains and locomotives, and a locomotive was named after him. Since it was commonly known the Prince was not so very bright this led to the expression "dummare än tåget" (literally translated "more stupid than the train"), an expression still in use in the Swedish language, although it is not very commonly known anymore that it is actually derived from a Prince of the Royal House in the 19th century.

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