How did Carl Philipp ascend the throne of the Electoral Palatinate?
Carl Philipp came from the Catholic line of Pfalz-Neuburg and was first the canon of Cologne, Salzburg, Mainz. He proved his worth as a commander in the Turkish Wars and reigned as the imperial vicegerent in Innsbruck as of 1705. In 1716, his brother Johannes Wilhelm, who had ruled his Palatine territory from Düsseldorf, passed away. However, as heir to the throne, Carl Philipp preferred to live in the Electoral Palatinate and first resided in the old ancestral castle of the Palatinate House of Wittelsbach: Heidelberg Palace.