Re: Queen Désirée of Sweden
Posted by Lorenzo on July 1, 2012, 5:52 am, in reply to "Re: Queen Désirée of Sweden"
Bernadotte was not made count but prince de Ponte-Corvo by Napoleon in 1806
: Thank you Barbara D. for your informative
: post, which is much appreciated.
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: Queen Désirée (actually in Swedish
: "Desideria") was born Bernardine
: Eugénie Désirée Clary in 1777 in Marseille,
: Southern France. Her father was in the trade
: with the Osman Empire (Constantinopel) and
: earned some wealth with his business. The
: Clarys were not of noble descendance,
: actually the provenance of the family is not
: well known.
: When she was 18, Eugénie (she later started
: to be called Désirée) met the from Corsica
: emigrated family "Buonaparte"
: (later Bonaparte). She introduced Joseph
: Bonaparte to her elder sister Julie who felt
: in love with Joseph and later married him.
: Eugénie/Désirée herself was from 1795 to
: 1796 engaged to the young and unknown
: General Napoleone Buonaparte who was later
: known as Napoléon Bonaparte and became
: Emperor of The French!
: The two never married because the Clarys
: opposed against a second Bonaparte in the
: family and Napoléon himself met the rich and
: influent widow Joséphine de Beauharnais de
: Tascher de la Pagerie and married her in
: Désirée herself married in 1798 Jean
: Baptiste Bernadotte, a General in the French
: army. Jean Baptiste later became Marshal
: under Napoléon and was made Count of Ponte
: Corvo. In 1810, he was adopted by the
: childless Swedish King and Queen under the
: name Carl Johan. This was also the name he
: was later known as King of Sweden and
: Désirée herself became Swedish and Norwegian
: Queen under the name "Désideria".
: Whilst her husband and her son Oscar lived
: in Sweden from 1810 on, Désirée stayed in
: France up to 1823, mainly under the
: pseudonym of Countess of Gotland. The
: reasons are not absolutely clear. There
: might be her health, she didn't coped with
: the nordic climate in Sweden or it might be,
: that she didn't felt comfortable in the
: stiff protocol of the Swedish court.
: Désirée finally went to Sweden with her
: son's fiancée, Josephine of Leuchtenberg
: (who was Joséphine de Beauharnais'
: granddaughter!). She remained in Sweden up
: to her death in 1860.
: That woman had a very interesting life and
: she was involved with two of the most
: influent men of their time!