Wednesday, May 18

10 facts about King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Featured image: Linda Broström/The Royal Court of Sweden

He is the longest reigning king in Sweden

The young prince ascended the throne at 27 after his grandfather, Gustaf VI Adolf, died on the 15th September 1973. He will be celebrating 49 years as King of Sweden this year.

Photo: Thron Ullberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

He and his four sisters were orphaned when he was only nine months old

His parents Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha died in a plane crash in Denmark on 26th of January 1947. The Prince was not told about the death of his parents until much later when he was seven years old.


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He is related to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom through both his mother and his father

The famous ‘Grandmother of Europe’ is both the great grandmother of his mother, Princess Sibylla, and his father, Prince Gustaf Adolf. His mother’s paternal grandfather and his fathers maternal grandfather were brothers.

He plays the harmonica, which he started playing at only three years old

Gustav III is his favourite king throughout Swedish history

He is the first regent to marry a non-royal in over 400 years. The last one being Erik XIV who married XX in XX

He likes to retreat with the Queen to Stenhammar Castle,

When they are at Stenhammar Castle, the King and Queen prefer to not have any staff around. He also has around 300 cows on the land which he is very passionate about.

Stenhammar Castle. Photo:Holger Ellgaard

He has dyslexia

Like his daughter Crown Princess Victoria, and Prince Carl-Philip, and just like them, have been a xx in overcoming his reading difficulties

He was the first regent in the world to adapt a premogeniture succession meaning that the eldest child of a monarch, regardless of gender, would inherit the crown.

H.M. Konungen/HM The King; H.K.H. Kronprinsessan/HRH The Crown Princess; H.K.H. Prinsessan Estelle/HRH Princess Estelle

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His favorite bands are Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Tomas Ledin och “Gyllene Tider

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