||Karl XI (Palatinate-Zweibrücken) av Sverige was a member of aristocracy in Europe.|
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Karl X Gustav
|King of Sweden
1660 - 1697
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:
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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