Show Notes: Christina of Sweden

Tracy Wilson

Portrait of Queen Christina as a child. Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

When Christina of Sweden was born, her mother and father, Queen Consort Maria Eleonora and King Gustav, had been trying for more than five years to have a male heir. In that time, the Queen had given birth to two stillborn babies, and the couple had lost another child while she was still an infant. So it may have been wishful thinking when Christina was born and the midwives joyfully declared her to be a boy. In the end, her father decided to set the stage for her to become queen, and had her educated as a prince. And she did assume the throne - although she didn't stay put for very long.

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My research:

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