Karl XI Palatinate-Zweibrücken

Karl Palatinate-Zweibrücken (1655 - 1697)

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Karl (Karl XI) Palatinate-Zweibrücken aka Wittelsbach, Pfalz
Born in Tre Kronor, Swedenmap
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Died in Tre Kronor, Swedenmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Apr 2015
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Categories: List of Swedish Monarchs | Knights of the Garter.


King of Sweden from 1660-97 during the height of the Swedish empire.

Charles was the only son of King Charles X of Sweden and Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp. His father died when he was five years old. His father's name (as the 10th) was due to his great-grandfather, King Charles IX of Sweden (1604–1611), having adopted his own numeral by using a mythological History of Sweden. This descendant was actually the 5th King Charles. The numbering tradition thus begun still continues

Charles was born in the Stockholm Palace Tre Kronor in November 1655. On 6 May 1680, Charles married Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark (1656–1693), daughter of King Frederick III of Denmark (1609–1670). In 1690, he named her future Regent, should his son succeed him still a minor. Instead Ulrika Eleonora predeceased him by almost four years. The marriage produced seven children, of whom only three outlived Charles:

  1. Hedwig Sophia (1681–1708), duchess of Holstein-Gottorp and grandmother of Tsar Peter III;
  2. Karl XII (1682–1718), his only surviving son and the future king;
  3. Gustav (1683–1685)
  4. Ulrik (1684–1685)
  5. Frederick (1685–1685)
  6. Charles Gustav (1686–1687)
  7. Ulrika Eleonora ("the younger", 1688–1741), who ultimately succeeded her brother on the Swedish throne.

Karl XI died on 5 April 1697, in his forty-first year. An autopsy showed that the King had developed cancer and that it had spread through his entire abdominal cavity.

Karl XI is commemorated on the 500-kronor bill.


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King Charles XI (Carl or Karl XI) of Sweden
King Charles XI (Carl or Karl XI) of Sweden


On 9 Feb 2017 at 10:32 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Charles was the son of Palatinate-Zweibrucken-2. See Wikipedia [1]

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