If you wait you may become King of Sweden! The saying refer to the situation in Sweden 1808-09 when during the Napoleonic wars had lost Finland to Russia and tried to conquer Norway in compensation for lands lost. Under Russian pressure Denmark 1808 declared war on Sweden. Russia moved into Finland and Sweden tried to take Trondheims Len in central Norway. Field Marshall Duke Christian August, regent of Norway led the successful defence and repulsed the Swedish assault. Marshall Bernadotte was to land in Sweden with a French army of 26000 a large part of which were Spanish troops. When Napoleon occupied Spain the Royal Navy transported 9000 Spanish troops from Nyborg in Funen to Spain. 1809 the last of Napoleons troops left Denmark. The Swedish invasion army negotiated a settlement in Norway and the marched on Stockholm toppling mad King Gustav 4. King Frederick 6 of Denmark were offered the throne but rejected on the grounds of the Swedish coup-makers being insurgents. Gustav’s uncle Karl 13 was then elected King but being without offspring a heir was needed and Duke Christian August was then approached and at the peace negotiations in Jönköping December 10., 1809 Frederick 6 allows Christian August to accept the offer. The Swedish hope was that Christian August would be willing to incorporate Norway into Sweden as a compensation for the loss of Finland. This was rejected by Christian August. Christian August dies 1810 of a heartattack and Frederick 6 is once again brought up as successor but Sweden wants Christian August’s brother, Frederick Christian who is blockaded in his home by Frederick 6th because of fears of having the age old strife of Sleswig-Holstein versus Denmark reinvigorated. The Swedes then go for an approval of Frederick Christian by Napoleon but ends up with Bernadotte. But WI Frederick 6 had accepted the Swedish proposal?