Friday, 2 May 2008

King of Sweden Celebrates with Family

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden celebrated his 62nd birthday on April 30th. Joined by his wife- Queen Silvia- his three adult children- Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine- and his aunt by marriage- Princess Lilian- the King waved to an adoring crowd outside the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

Carl Gustaf became King upon the death of his Grandfather Gustav VI Adolf in 1973. Known for his modern take on monarchy he chose För Sverige, i tiden, "For Sweden, with the times", as his personal motto and was the first monarch to use the simple title King of Sweden instead of the more traditional By the grace of God King of the Swedes, the Goths/Geats, and the Wends.

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