Silver wedding Anniv of Oscar II & Sophia von Nassau

Artist Lea Ahlborn, Sweden


Oscar II “Silver Wedding Anniversary” Medal
Radiant star above ship entering harbor
By Lea Ahlborn

Sophia’s marriage to Prince Oscar of Sweden, second son of the reigning king, was considered to be the first in the Royal House that was not completely arranged. Though the match was considered very suitable, the couple was allowed to make their own decision on the basis of their feelings, and generally, their marriage was considered happy. She married Prince Oscar (later King Oscar II of Sweden) on 6 June 1857 at the Castle in Wiesbaden-Biebrich. Sophia was received with enormous enthusiasm when she arrived in Sweden in 1857 because the then-Crown Prince Charles XV of Sweden and his consort were not expected to produce a male heir.