A couple of weeks ago I wrote about and posted a HDR of the Monument to Charles XII in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. Sometimes that statue ironically is called “The lion surrounded by four cowards”. Just some 100 meters away from that monument you find its counterpart, the Monument to Charles XIII. Consequently this monument is sometimes called “The coward surrounded by four lions”. I’m not sure why Charles XIII is considered as coward but he’s not remembered among the most successful monarchs in the history of our country. He succeeded his nephew Gustav IV Adolf when he was forced to abdicate and go into exile after the loss of Finland to Russia in the Finnish war 1808 – 1809. He also become the King of Norway, as Charles II, when Norway was forced into union with Sweden in 1814. Since his both children with Queen consort Charlotte died at young age he become the last Swedish monarch of the House of Holstein-Gottorp. When he died in 1818 he was succeeded by Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, Marshal in Napoleons French army and the founder of the House of Bernadotte.
Charles XIII may be best remembered as the younger brother of Gustav III of Sweden and the cousin of Catherine the Great of Russia. The statue, at Kungsträdgården, in his memory is made by swedish sculptor Erik Gustaf Göthe and was uncovered in 1821.