The Kvidinge Monument

Address: Maglabyvägen - Ringvägen, 265 72 Kvidinge Show map

Address: Maglabyvägen - Ringvägen, 265 72 Kvidinge

This is the place where the course of Swedish history changed in 1810. Crown Prince Karl August was inspecting his troops on Kvidinge Heath, fell off his host and died. The event was the start of the Bernadotte era in Sweden.


To secure the succession, the Danish Prince Kristian August was adopted in 1809 by the childless King Charles XIII. The prince then changed his name to the more Swedish-sounding Karl August. But fate was to intervene. While out riding on Kvidinge Heath on 28th May 1810, Karl August lost control of his horse, which bolted and eventually threw off its rider. Karl August fell to the ground unconscious and died shortly afterwards without regaining consciousness.
A few months later, the French Marshall Bernadotte was elected Crown Prince and soon a new family entered into the history of the Swedish royal family. He became known as Prince Karl Johan in Sweden, later to be King Charles XIV John (Karl XIV Johan).

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