Let's get this party started. With just four days to go until King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden turns 70, we have new portraits of him and his consort to enjoy.
Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden
There are two solo pictures of the king, one in a day suit and one in formal dress in this new series of portraits which were all taken by Peter Knutson.
A king on the brink of a big birthday - Carl XVI of Sweden in one of the portraits marking his 70th birthday
There are also two portraits of the king with his queen as Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia prepare to celebrate this big birthday. For the formal photo Silvia chooses red while for the more relaxed portrait she is in blue as is Sweden's king.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
The release of these images four days before the royal birthday is expected but coming so far in advance of the day itself, it's raising hopes that closer to April 30th we may get a big family portrait including the two newest royals in Europe, Prince Oscar and Prince Alexander. After all, you can never have too many birthday photos.