This week signifies King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 50th year on the throne. At the same time, the year 2023 marks 500 years since Gustav Vasa was elected king of Sweden – an election that laid the foundation of Sweden as an independent state. Congratulations to both King Carl XVI Gustaf and Sweden! Sweden.se writes the following about the celebrations:
“‘For Sweden – with the times.’This is the motto of King Carl XVI Gustaf, Sweden’s current monarch. Armed with the ambition to serve his country in a manner always suitable to the present, he ascended to the Swedish throne on 15 September 1973. This year, as the seventh monarch of the House of Bernadotte and the longest reigning monarch in Swedish history, King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrates 50 years on the throne. To mark this occasion, King Carl XVI Gustaf is paying visit to all 21 of Sweden’s regions during the months leading up to the anniversary day. These visits, which he makes together with Queen Silvia, are an opportunity to meet with the people.”.
Read more about the anniversary celebrations on Sweden.se’s website here.
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