List of heirs to the Swedish throne

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This page is a list of heirs to the Swedish throne. The list includes all individuals who were considered to inherit the throne of the Kingdom of Sweden, either as heir apparent or as heir presumptive, since the accession of the House of Holstein-Gottorp on 25 March 1751. Those who actually succeeded as King of Sweden are shown in bold.

Heirs to the Swedish throne
Heir Relationship to monarch
(status)
Became heir Ceased to be heir Next in line of succession Monarch
Date Reason Date Reason
Crown Prince Gustav Eldest son
Heir apparent
25 March 1751 Father became king 12 February 1771 Father died,
became king
Prince Karl, Duke of Södermanland, brother Adolf Fredrik
Prince Karl, Duke of Södermanland, (1st time) Brother
Heir presumptive
12 February 1771 Brother became king 1 November 1778 Son born to king Prince Fredrik Adolf, Duke of Östergötland, brother Gustav III
Crown Prince Gustav Adolf Eldest son
Heir apparent
1 November 1778 Born 29 March 1792 Father died,
became king
Prince Karl, Duke of Södermanland, uncle
Prince Karl, Duke of Södermanland, (2nd time) Uncle
Heir presumptive
29 March 1792 Nephew became king 9 November 1799 Son born to king Prince Frederick Adolf, Duke of Östergötland, brother Gustav IV
Crown Prince Gustav Eldest son
Heir apparent
9 November 1799 Born 29 March 1809 Father abdicated,
family excluded from succession
Prince Karl, Duke of Södermanland, 1799–1802, great-uncle
Prince Carl Gustaf, Duke of Småland, 1802-1805, brother
Prince Karl, Duke of Södermanland, 1805–1809, great-uncle

In 1809 a coup d'état against King Gustav IV replaced him with his uncle Karl XIII. As the new king was childless, he and the ruling government arranged for the adoption of an heir from another royal house to succeed him.

Heirs to the Swedish throne
Heir Relationship to monarch
(status)
Became heir Ceased to be heir Next in line of succession Monarch
Date Reason Date Reason
Crown Prince Karl August Adopted son
Heir apparent
January 1810 Adopted by king 28 May 1810 Died none Karl XIII
Crown Prince Carl Johan Adopted son
Heir apparent
21 April 1810 Elected as heir 5 February 1818 King died,
became king
Prince Oscar, Duke of Södermanland, son
Crown Prince Oscar, Duke of Södermanland Eldest son
Heir apparent
5 February 1818 Father became king 8 March 1844 Father died,
became king
none 1818–1826 Carl XIV Johan
Prince Carl, Duke of Skåne, 1826–1844, son
Crown Prince Carl, Duke of Skåne Eldest son
Heir apparent
8 March 1844 Father became king 8 July 1859 Father died,
became king
Prince Gustaf, Duke of Uppland, 1844–1852, brother Oscar I
Prince Oscar, Duke of Östergötland, 1852, brother
Prince Carl Oscar, Duke of Södermanland, 1852–1854, son
Prince Oscar, Duke of Östergötland, 1854–1859, brother
Prince Oscar, Duke of Östergötland Brother
Heir presumptive
8 July 1859 Brother became king 13 September 1872 Brother died,
became king
Prince Gustaf, Duke of Värmland, son Carl XV
Crown Prince Gustaf, Duke of Värmland Eldest son
Heir apparent
13 September 1872 Father became king 8 December 1907 Father died,
became king
Prince Oscar, Duke of Gotland, 1872–1882, brother Oscar II
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Skåne, 1882–1907, son
Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Skåne Eldest son
Heir apparent
8 December 1907 Father became king 29 October 1950 Father died,
became king
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, 1907–1947, son Gustav V
Prince Carl Gustaf, Duke of Jämtland, 1947–1950, grandson
Crown Prince Carl Gustaf, Duke of Jämtland Grandson
Heir apparent
29 October 1950 Grandfather became king 15 September 1973 Grandfather died,
became king
Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, uncle Gustaf VI Adolf
Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland Uncle
Heir presumptive
15 September 1973 Nephew became king 13 May 1979 Son born to king none Carl XVI Gustaf
Crown Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland Eldest son
Heir apparent
13 May 1979 Born 1 January 1980 Succession law changed Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, great-uncle
Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland Eldest daughter
Heiress apparent
1 January 1980 Succession law changed Incumbent Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, 1980–2012, brother
Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland, 2012–present, daughter

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