Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A royal birthday week gets underway

The birthday celebrations for King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden have begun. He turns 70 on April 30th and between then and now we are going to be seeing a lot of him and his Royal Family.  And as the celebrations started, the new royal daddy of the family got a bit of a starring role as Carl Philip got back to the royal engagement trail just days after welcoming his first baby.

Prince Carl Philip at the Te Deum to mark the birth of his son

Carl Philip stood next to another prince with a new baby in the nursery, Prince Daniel, who welcomed a son of his own just seven weeks ago when Prince Oscar was born. The two royals were getting an evening off from nappies and rattles to attend the first big celebration of the week for the King of Sweden's birthday - an evening at the theatre based around the Baltic Sea. Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia took centre stage at the event but there were plenty of congratulations for Carl Philip too as he made his first official appearance since he and Princess Sofia welcomed Prince Alexander on April 19th 2016.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden turns 70 on April 30th 2016

Just a few days earlier, the King and Queen of Sweden had been out and about in Stockholm to mark another anniversary.

The King and Queen of Sweden at celebrations for the Royal Patriotic Society on April 23rd 2016

The royal couple headed to the annual dinner of the Royal Patriotic Society which this year is also celebrating its 250th anniversary. The society was set up in 1766 to promote Swedish agriculture and trade. The gala dinner included a speech by the king in which he said that understanding history helps us understand our present.  With a big week of his own coming up involving celebrations attended by royals around Europe. Carl XVI Gustaf is about to add another chapter to Sweden's regal history and the party is already under way.

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