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1622, Oct 151686, Apr 26
a Swedish statesman and military man. He became a member of the Swedish Privy Council in 1647 and came to be the holder of three of the five offices counted as the Great Officers of the Realm, namely Lord High Treasurer, Lord High Chancellor and Lord High Steward. He also served as Governor-General in the Swedish dominion of Livonia. Early on during the reign of Queen Christina (1644–1654) De la Gardie became the queen's favourite at only 23 years of age. Being, reportedly, both well-mannered and good looking might have helped De la Gardie to gain the queen's favour. His knowledge concerning culture, politics and representation might also have impressed the queen just as his talent for organizing festivities and surrounding himself with extravagance and magnificence.
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