The King and Queen of Sweden in a portrait marking Carl VXI Gustaf's 70th birthday
(photo kungahuset.se/ Peter Knutson)
Sweden's royals had quite a start to the year. After welcoming Prince Oscar at the start of March and Prince Alexander in the middle of April, they had a whole ten days to get the palace sorted before royals from across Europe arrived to celebrate the 70th birthday of King Carl XVI Gustaf.
The King of Sweden reached three score years and ten on April 30th 2016 and there were plenty of events to mark the occasion including a concert and carriage ride the evening before. By then, Carl XVI Gustaf had received official birthday presents and the Swedish Royal Family had shared several sets of official photos to get the party started.
The day began with a Te Deum at the Chapel of the Royal Palace with Princess Sofia setting some kind of record for taking on a royal event, complete with hat, just eleven days after giving birth to her first child.
Royalty from across Europe joined Carl XVI Gustaf and his family as the celebrations headed to the balcony of the Royal Palace where crowds were waiting to cheer the king and Prince Oscar was waiting to steal the limelight with his first balcony appearance.
The royal guests also watched the traditional military ceremony held every year to mark the royal birthday and waved King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia off for a carriage ride through Stockholm.
A right royal celebration for the 70th birthday of the King of Sweden
The evening saw gala celebrations take hold with a glittering group photo celebrating the event. The birthday king was in the middle of this moment to remember as royals from across the continent helped Carl XVI Gustaf turn 70.