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Countess Trolle-Wachtmeister
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Chief Court Mistress
In office
1994 – 31 December 2015
Monarch Carl XVI Gustaf
Preceded by Astrid Rudebeck
Succeeded by Kirstine von Blixen-Finecke
In office
Succeeded by Louise Lyberg
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Alice Tornérhielm

(1926-05-09)9 May 1926
Helsingborg, Sweden
Died 26 June 2017(2017-06-26) (aged 91)
Trolle-Ljungby Castle, Sweden
Count Hans Gabriel Trolle-Wachtmeister
(m. 1949)

Countess Alice Viktoria Trolle-Wachtmeister (9 May 1926 – 26 June 2017) was a courtier at the Royal Court of Sweden from the 1970s to 2015, serving as chief court mistress from 1994 to 2015.


Alice Viktoria Tornérhielm was born on 9 May 1926 in Helsingborg, the daughter of Erik Gunnar Tornérhielm (1895-1969), a squire from Gedsholm, and the Danish-born Ellen Valentiner-Branth (1897-1965). 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 Organization. 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 Organization 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 Organization 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.



  • SWE Order of Vasa - Knight 2nd Class BAR.png Sweden Member 1st Class of the Royal Order of Vasa (6 June 1974)
  • Sweden Member of the Royal Family Order of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  • SWE HM The King's Medal ribbon.png Sweden H. M. The King's Medal, 12th size gold medal worn around the neck on a chain of gold (silver-gilt) (1990)
  • Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of His Majesty The King (15092013).png Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf's Jubilee Commemorative Medal II (23 August 2013)
  • Seraphimerorden ribbon.svg Sweden Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel's Wedding Commemorative Medal (8 June 2010)
  • Seraphimerorden ribbon.svg Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf's Jubilee Commemorative Medal I (30 April 1996)
  • SWE Home Guard Royal Medal of Merit ribbon.png Sweden Home Guard Medal of Merit in gold
  • Riksförbundet Sveriges lottakårers kungliga förtjänstmedalj (1968-).svg Sweden Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Organization Royal Medal of Merit


  • Den kongelige norske fortjenstorden kommandør med stjerne stripe.svg Norway Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (1 July 1992)
  • ISL Icelandic Order of the Falcon - Grand Cross BAR.png Iceland Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon (26 October 1981)
  • Order of the Dannebrog S.K.svg Denmark Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog
  • ESP Isabella Catholic Order GC.svg Spain Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (21 March 1983)
  • LUX Ordre de Mérite civil et militaire d'Adolphe de Nassau - Grand-croix BAR.svg Luxembourg Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
  • PRT Order of Prince Henry - Grand Cross BAR.svg Portugal Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry
  • Order of the White Elephant - 1st Class (Thailand) ribbon.svg Thailand Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the White Elephant
  • EST Order of the White Star - 1st Class BAR.png Estonia 1st Class of the Order of the White Star (11 September 1995)
  • Finland Order of the White Rose of Finland
  • Mexico Order of the Aztec Eagle
  • Brazil Brazilian Congress' Order
  • Japan Order of the Sacred Treasure

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