In March 1844, the highest dignitaries of Sweden, who were present at the preparation for the burial of the body of King Charles XIV Johan, were simply fooled when they saw the phrase "Death to kings" tattooed on his body. The fact is that as a child, the king grew up under the name Jean Baptiste Bernadotte in the family of a French craftsman. During the wars of revolutionary France, he was promoted to the post of division commander. In the Napoleonic army, Bernadotte commanded a corps, in 1804 he became Marshal of France. Having gained popularity in Sweden by freeing the Swedish prisoners captured in Holland, Bernadotte in 1810 was elected by the Swedish Riksdag Prince - heir to King Charles XIII. The Swedes hoped that in this way they would gain the favor of Napoleon I, who would give them the opportunity to again tear Finland away from Russia. However, neither the plans of the future subjects of Bernadotte, nor the plans of Napoleon himself regarding him, came true. Although Sweden declared war on Great Britain in 1810, it secretly violated the Continental Blockade. In 1812, during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, Sweden, contrary to the hopes of the French emperor, initially remained neutral, and in October concluded a peace treaty with Russia. In the fall of 1813, the Swedish troops, led by Bernadotte, made a lightning victory campaign against Denmark, forcing her to sign the Peace of Kiel, according to which Denmark pledged to break the alliance with France and actively participate in the war against Napoleon. At the beginning of 1814, Bernadotte, at the head of one of the allied armies (180 thousand soldiers, including 36 thousand Russians), crossed the Rhine and invaded France. Having occupied the Swedish throne in 1818 under the name of Karl XIV Johan, he strove to maintain Sweden's neutrality, maintaining friendly relations with Russia. The Bernadotte dynasty, founded by Charles XIV Johan, reigns in Sweden to this day.