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Hedwig Eleanor
Original name:  Hedvig Eleonora of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp
Birth: Oct. 23, 1636
Death: Dec. 5, 1715

Queen of Sweden. An Oldenburg Dynasty princess, she was the daughter of Duke Frederick III of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp and Duchess Maria Elizabeth, originally a princess of Saxony. In 1654 she was married to King Carl X Gustav of Sweden, who died six years later. She then became a member of the regency for her little son, Carl XI. She has been widely criticized for neglecting his education, leading to his dyslexia and severely inhibited personality. On the other hand, as a result of that neglect, he eventually learned on his own how to work very hard and check everything himself meticulously. His unannounced flying visits (when called the "Greycloak") all over the country to do so, once he came of age, made Carl XI one of the few kings who really knew his kingdom and the conditions of its people well on a grass roots level. His mother lived to see her son (her only child) and most of her 7 grandchildren die. She was also briefly a member of the regency for her teenage grandson Carl XII and later helped run things with his little sister Ulrica Eleanor during his many years abroad. The first major event of that reign was the disastrous Castle Fire of 1697 where their royal residence, the ancient Three Crowns Castle of Stockholm, burned to the ground and Sweden lost most of her national archives and medieval art. The 'Dowager Queen of the Realm", as she was called, barely escaped it with her life. Her son's body, still lying in state, and Crown of the King were two of the last items saved by scrambling courtiers. Wealthy enough to do so, she bought the Drottningholm property west of Stockholm and erected the World Heritage palace which is the residence of the royal family today. The fine arts were her great interest and she invested considerably of her own funds to support Swedish artisans. In Denmark she is known as the great looter of Danish royal palaces following her husband's and her son's successful wars between Denmark and Sweden in the 1650-70's. Hedwig Eleanor was unusually old for her day at 79 when she died in Stockholm. (bio by: Benny Chordt Hansen) 
 
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   Carl X Gustav (1622 - 1660)*
 
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Burial:
Riddarholmskyrkan (Riddarholm Church)
Riddarholmen
Stockholms kommun
Stockholms län, Sweden
 
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Originally Created by: Benny Chordt Hansen
Record added: Sep 20, 2004
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