Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta of Holstein-Gottorp, King of Sweden

Queen Charlotta

Hedvig Elisabet Charlotta was the daughter of Duke Fredrik August of Oldenburg and Friederike of Hesse-Kassel, and the cousin of Karl (XIII) whom she married in 1774.

Karl and Charlotta's relationship was distant, and they did not have any children who reached adulthood. The young princess was described as attractive, lively and vocal.

She was also a keen observer of her contemporaries, and her diary provides an invaluable insight into the centre of power.

As queen, she was widely credited with having great political influence, although she herself always denied this.

Hedvig Elisabet Charlotta during her time as duchess. Portrayed by Alexander Roslin (1718–1793). The painting hangs at Drottningholm Palace. Photo: Nationalmuseum

Charlotta of Holstein-Gottorp

Born 22 March 1759, died 20 June 1818
Queen 1809–1818

Coronation

1809 Stockholm Cathedral

Buried

1818 Riddarholmen Church

PREDECESSOR

Fredrika

SUCCESSOR

Desideria

Spouse

Karl XIII

Issue

Stllborn daughter (1797)
Karl Adolf (1798–1798)
Adopted sons:
Kristian August (1768–1810), new name Karl August
Jean Baptiste Bernadotte (1763–1844), new name Karl (XIV) Johan, King of Sweden 1818–1844

Charlotta of
Holstein-Gottorp (Oldenburg)