Queen Margareta Leijonhufvud

Queen Margareta

Margareta was the daughter of Erik Abrahamsson Leijonhufvud and Ebba Eriksdotter Vasa.

Gustav Vasa's second wife was crowned in Uppsala in 1536. Their marriage produced ten children, eight of whom reached adulthood.

Margareta was a driving force for the administration of royal estates. She gave generous gifts to the church, and held on to her Catholic faith until her death.

Queen Margareta Leijonhufvud portrayed by the Dutch artist Johan Baptista van Uther (died 1597). The painting hangs at Gripsholm Castle, and is part of the Swedish State Portrait Collection. Photo: Nationalmuseum

Margareta Leijonhufvud

Born January1516, died 26 August 1551
Queen 1536–1551


1536 Stockholm Cathedral


1551 Stockholm Cathedral
1560 Uppsala Cathedral


Katarina av Sachsen-Lauenburg


Katarina Stenbock


Gustav Vasa


Johan III (1537–1592), King of Sweden 1568–1592
Katarina (1539–1610)
Cecilia (1540–1627)
Magnus (1542–1595)
Karl (1544-1544)
Anna (1545–1610)
Sten (1546–1547)
Sofia (1547–1611)
Elisabet (1549–1597)
Karl IX (1550–1611), Protector of the Realm 1599–1604 and King of Sweden 1604–1611

Margareta Leijonhufvud