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Yes, I've heard those stories too. She became really eccentric by the years. But I also believe, that she was unhappy, so it was her way to let her some of her frustrations out.

I didn't know, that she was afraid of sea traveling, and that was why she never returned to France again. Thanks for letting me know that!
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She was a simple, practical, Frenchwoman, thrust onto the world stage and then into a foreign country, where she never felt at home. In fact, when he husband was elected to the Swedish throne, she came once and returned to France until he became king, as she was disliked by her adoptive mother-in-law and the court and, so, she returned as Queen rather than as Crown Princess. She was a devoted wife and mother, although, she kept her distance from Sweden.
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A picture of Desirée at her death bed
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I have recently been reading about Queen Desideria and I find her to be in interesting queen. Can someone please tell me why she went under the name of Countess of Gotland when giving parties in Paris?

I find her and Queen Kristina two of Europes most interesting queens. There must have been something in the Swedish water!
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I have recently been reading about Queen Desideria and I find her to be in interesting queen. Can someone please tell me why she went under the name of Countess of Gotland when giving parties in Paris?

I find her and Queen Kristina two of Europes most interesting queens. There must have been something in the Swedish water!
The title Countess of Gotland was her official alias when she wished to remain incognito. She carried a passport signed by the Swedish King Carl XIII when she went back to France after her short visit to Sweden 1810-11.

In Paris she used her official title Crown Princess later Queen of Sweden. The official explanation for her taking residency in Paris were health reasons.
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When Desiree Bernadotte became a mother in 1799 she asked Napoleon to be godfather. Napoleon asked that the boy be called Oscar after Ossian. Ossian was the hero of the Macpherson epic. Desiree named her son Oscar.
Napoleon I penned a romance novel titled Clisson et Eugenie.
Clisson et Eugenie may be based on Napoleon's relationship with Eugenie Desiree Clary.
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The title Countess of Gotland was her official alias when she wished to remain incognito. She carried a passport signed by the Swedish King Carl XIII when she went back to France after her short visit to Sweden 1810-11.

In Paris she used her official title Crown Princess later Queen of Sweden. The official explanation for her taking residency in Paris were health reasons.
She hated Sweden. The Vasa Queen and Princess Albertine didn't like her much either. She wanted her husband to succeed at this new "job". She returned to France and did not return until she was queen. Remember, she was Eugenie Desiree Clary, daughter of a silk merchant, in Marsailles. She was a republican at heart. She was engaged to Napoleon at one time, but he moved on to richer waters, to the then Countess De Beauharnais, Josephine. Desiree married Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, who founded the present dynasty. He, too, was a republican. Funny where life takes you.
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Desirée never liked Sweden, no. She appearantly hated the cold winters and called the country "the land of the wolves". Desirée remained French in heart and never learned how to speak Swedish (then again, her husband hardly did either). You might be right also about her actually being a Republican, having grown up during the time of the French revolution. And even though she was allowed to remain a Catholic (her husband and her son had to convert to the Lutheran faith), she doesn't seem to have been as religious as her daughter-in-law Josephine, another queen who had been allowed to keep her Catholic faith.

I think I even read somewhere that Jean Baptiste Bernadotte had a tatoo saying "down with all kings"!
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