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Bernardine-Eugénie-Désirée Clary (1777-1860)

Queen Consort of Sweden

Bernardine-Eugénie-Désirée Clary (1777-1860) Arms of Bernardine-Eugénie-Désirée Clary (1777-1860)

She was born on November 8, 1777 in Marseilles, Provence, southern France.

Désirée became young Napoleon Bonaparte's fiancée in 1795, later Queen Consort of Sweden and Norway when her husband, marshal Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, became King Charles XIV John of Sweden.

Queen Desideria - her given name in Swedish - passed away on December 17th, 1860 in Stockholm.

Her tomb  is located in the Riddarholmen Church (Riddarholskyrkan), Stockholm .

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Main portrait

"Désirée Clary" by Robert Jacques François Faust Lefèvre (Bayeux 1755 - Paris 1830).

Other portraits

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"Désirée Clary" by François Pascal Simon Gérard (Rome 1770 - Paris 1837).
Bernardine-Eugénie-Désirée Clary (1777-1860)
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"Désirée Clary at Mortefontaine" by François Pascal Simon Gérard (Rome 1770 - Paris 1837).
Bernardine-Eugénie-Désirée Clary (1777-1860)
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"Queen Desideria". Anonymous, XIXth century.
Bernardine-Eugénie-Désirée Clary (1777-1860)
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"Princess Desideria of Sweden". Miniature (1812) by Nicolas Jacques (Jarville 1780 - Paris 1844).
Bernardine-Eugénie-Désirée Clary (1777-1860)
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"Queen Desideria". Anonymous, XIXth century.
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"Queen Desideria on her deathbed". Photograph taken in 1860.
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