Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Swedish king prepares for his fortieth

Carl XVI Gustaf marks forty years as king of Sweden this September and the royal household has just launched a special website to mark his jubilee.

The banner on the Swedish royal household's website to mark the 40th anniversary of the accession of Carl XVI Gustaf as king of Sweden

The site includes lots of official photos of the king and plenty about his forty years as head of state.  There's an interactive map taking visitors round Sweden to see when the king and queen will be visiting as part of the jubilee tour.  There's also an interview with the king in which he talks about the advice his predecessor, Gustav VI Adolf, gave him about being king, his travels on behalf of his country and his hopes for the future.   And one of his biggest worries for the country that he will leave his daughter, then his granddaughter, is the state of the environment.

Leaving the planet in a good condition for the generations that will be ruled by his daughter, Victoria, and granddaughter, Estelle, is one of the main concerns King Carl XVI Gustaf has for the future of his country.
And today, while the special website goes live, the king and his consort, Silvia, are in Västernorrland as part of that tour.  It's a busy autumn for the jubilee king.
They'll be a bit more dressed down for today's visit to Västernorrland as part of the jubilee tour but this official photo of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden is just one featured on a new website launched today to mark the king's 40 years on the throne4

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