Charles II" (German: Karl II.) (10 April 1651 - 26 May 1685) was the Elector Palatine from 1680 until 1685.


Charles was born in Heidelberg as the only legitimate surviving son of Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine. Charles was shy and weak as a person. He succeeded his father in 1680. During his short reign he governed as a strict Calvinist and showed superficial interest in military matters.

Charles died in Heidelberg in 1685 as the last male member of the Palatinate-Simmern line of the House of Wittelsbach. After his death the War of the Palatinian Succession was fought between the Holy Roman Empire and France over whether the Palatinate were to be inherited by Philip William of Palatinate-Neuburg or Elizabeth Charlotte his sister and wife of Philip I, Duke of Orléans.


Charles Louis married Wilhelmine Ernestine of Denmark (20 June 1650 - 23 April 1705/6), daughter of King Frederick III, on 30 September 1671. The marriage was childless.

Charles II, Elector Palatine
Born: 1651 Died: 1685
Preceded by
Charles I Louis
Elector Palatine
Succeeded by
Philip William
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