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Re: King Carl XV of Sweden and Norway plans to remarry
In 1872, Charles XV had controversial plans to enter a non-morganatic marriage with the Polish countess Marya Krasińska through the assistance of Ohan Demirgian, plans that aroused opposition both in the royal house and government and which were interrupted only by his death.
As for Russian Grand Duchesses, the only two old enough in 1871, when Q.Louise died, were:
1. GDss Marie, later Dss of Edinburgh and Sx.Coburg-Gotha, who was 18.
2. GDss Vera Constantinova, later Dss Eugen of Wurttemberg, who was 17.
It seems that after his wife died he did consider to remarry.
Had princess Thyra of Denmark accepted his proposal he would have become his own daughter's brother-in-law.
Another candidate was a Russian grand duchess but her name is not mentioned. Who was the grand duchess put forward to be his second wife and would the Norwegian Lutheran Church have crowned an Orthodox Queen or would she have been treated like Desiree and Josephine?
That is quite possible. However, Carl XV didn't acknowledge any children born out of wedlock.
Wikipedia (english version) claims Charles sired an illegitimate son, Carl Johan Bolander, (4 February 1854 - 28 July 1903), the father of Bishop Nils Bolander and a daughter, Ellen Svensson Hammar (28 October 1865 - 1931) and admits he might have had several other children.
The german version gives him another Carl, Carl Rudolf Bernadotte Nordenstam (1863–1942), who was a norwegian famous magician who even performed for the Kaiser.
His sons followed their father's career.
I know what you mean... And his father, Oscar I, suffered from that decease as well.
Thanks Robert. From what I’ve read about him it wouldn’t surprise me if the second cause of death you mentioned was the true cause of his death.
I’ve read that King Carl XV of Sweden and Norway died at the age of 46 but I cannot find any information on how he died. Can anyone tell me? Thanks!
Officially, he died of intestinal tuberculosis , but it is possible that the real cause of death was intestinal syphilis.