King Karl IX (1550-1611) and Wifes (Maria of Palatinate-Simmern & Christina)

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Jan 9, 2013
Karl IX, also Carl (4 October 1550 – 30 October 1611), reigned as King of Sweden from 1604 until his death. He was the youngest son of King Gustav I (r. 1523–1560) and of his second wife, Margaret Leijonhufvud, the brother of King Eric XIV and of King John III, and the uncle of Sigismund, who became king both of Sweden and of Poland. By his father's will Charles received, by way of appanage, the Duchy of Södermanland, which included the provinces of Närke and Värmland; but he did not come into actual possession of them till after the fall of Eric and the succession to the throne of John in 1568.

Both Charles and one of his predecessors, Eric XIV (r. 1560–1568), took their regnal numbers according to a fictitious history of Sweden. He was actually the third Swedish king called Charles.
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King of Sweden:
Reign: 22 March 1604 – 30 October 1611
Coronation: 15 March 1607
Predecessor: Sigismund
Successor: Gustav II Adolf

Born: 4 October 1550, Stockholm Castle
Died: 30 October 1611 (aged 61)
Nyköping Castle
Burial: 21 April 1612, Strängnäs Cathedral
Spouse: Maria of Palatinate-Simmern
(m. 1579; died 1589)
Christina of Holstein-Gottorp
(m. 1592)
Princess Margareta
Princess Elisabeth
Prince Louis
Catherine, Countess Palatine of Kleeburg
Prince Gustav
Princess Maria
Princess Christina
Gustav II Adolf of Sweden
Princess Maria Elizabeth, Duchess of Östergötland
Prince Charles Philip, Duke of Södermanland
House: Vasa
Father: Gustav I of Sweden
Mother: Margaret Leijonhufvud
Religion: Lutheran

Maria of the Palatinate, Duchess of Södermanland
Maria of the Palatinate (24 July 1561 – 29 July 1589), also known as Anna Maria, was a Swedish princess and Duchess of Södermanland by marriage, the first spouse of the future King Charles IX of Sweden. She died before he became king.
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  1. Margareta Elisabet (24 September 1580 – 26 August 1585)
  2. Elisabet Sabina (12 March 1582 – 6 July 1585)
  3. Ludvig (17 March – 26 May 1583)
  4. Catharina (10 November 1584 – 13 December 1638)
  5. Gustav (12 June – 4 December 1587)
  6. Maria (18 December 1588 – 24 April 1589)

Christina of Holstein-Gottorp
Christina of Holstein-Gottorp (13 April 1573 in Kiel – 8 December 1625 at Gripsholm Castle) was Queen of Sweden as the second wife of King Charles IX. She served as regent in 1605, during the absence of her spouse, and in 1611, during the minority of her son, King Gustav II Adolph.
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  1. Christina (26 November 1593– 25 May 1594)
  2. Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (Gustav II Adolf) (9 December 1594– 16 November 1632)
  3. Maria Elizabeth (10 March 1596– 7 August 1618), married her first cousin John, Duke of Östergötland, youngest son of John III of Sweden
  4. Charles Philip, Duke of Södermanland (22 April 1601– 25 January 1622)
  5. A stillborn son (20 July 1606)
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