40 years on the throne, 40 years serving Sweden
The King’s 40th jubilee is being commemorated at several of our royal palaces. At Gripsholm Castle, there will be a cavalcade of images depicting King Carl XVI Gustaf’s forty eventful years as King of Sweden and Head of State. This year’s main exhibition at the Royal Palace of Stockholm will open on 13 September, depicting King Carl XVI Gustaf’s forty eventful years as King of Sweden and Head of State, in the palace’s Hall of State and the magnificent Royal Apartments. In 1973, at the age of just 27, the then Crown Prince Carl Gustaf ascended to the throne. He thereby became the world’s youngest king, in one of the world’s oldest monarchies. This year, King Carl XVI Gustaf has been Sweden’s Head of State for 40 years.
King Carl XVI Gustaf:
One of the best things about significant years is that they provide the opportunity to look forwards as well as backwards. Forty years is a very long time, and so much has happened. I was a relatively young man of 27 when I ascended to the throne, and I saw the world through the eyes of a 27-year-old. Now, 40 years later, I have a certain amount of experience to draw on. And the world around us has changed on many levels and in many different ways; even in terms of the proximity of the immediate family circle, in Sweden and in the world. It is sometimes said in jest that everything was so much better before, but that simply isn’t true. In many ways, the world has become a better place in which to live for most people, but there is still a great deal of poverty and need in the world.
I have tried to live according to my motto by being sensitive to the currents in society, and to the demands, needs and expectations placed on a monarch with the times. For me, it’s a matter of living in harmony with developments in Sweden and the whole of the ever-changing world that we are a part of.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Daniel of Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend the opening of the Exhibition ’40 years on the throne serving Sweden’ at The Royal Palace on September 13, 2013 in Stockholm.
This summer marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most momentous occasions in 20th-century, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. It was a solemn ceremony conducted by Dr Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury. The ceremony was broadcast on radio around the world and, at The Queen’s request, on television for the first time. An estimated 3 million people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the new Queen, at Buckingham Palace.
To mark the anniversary of the event, a major exhibition for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace will bring together for the first time since Coronation Day, a spectacular array of dress, uniform and robes worn by the principal royal party. Works of art, paintings and objects used on the day will also be on display to recreate the atmosphere of that extraordinary occasion.
The exhibition (27 July-29 September 2013) reveals some of the most beautiful and expertly designed dresses and robes ever made, detailing their ownership and history, and this extensive collection is the first time these items have brought together since the coronation itself.
Gold-mounted, enamelled and jewelled ivory pen, used by The Queen at the Coronation in 1953. The pen is in the form of an ivory quill, with a gold central vane and nib; a representation of the Sword of State – which is borne before the Sovereign as she proceeds to the altar to sign the Coronation oath – forms the rib of the quill. Over this is placed a jewelled and enamelled crown supported by two cherubs (representing Prince Charles and Princess Anne). On either side of the sword’s hilt are the letters E.R. The shaft is applied with the coat of arms and motto of the Scriveners’ Company (Litera Scripta Manet – ‘The written word remains’), and enamelled red and white roses. The back of the pen carries a presentation inscription, ‘To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Presented by the Company of Scriveners. Coronation Day 1953.’ (Source Royal Collection)
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The crown was created in 1840 for King Willem II, by Bonebakker Jewellers of Amsterdam. It is fashioned from silver plated with gold. It consists of eight arches topped with an orb and cross. There were originally 72 fake pearls on the arches of the crown, but 24 were removed in 1898 and the holes filled with small gold studs. There are no precious stones in the crown, the gems are made from coloured glass backed by foil.
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is being officially sworn in at a secular ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk, a decommissioned church, before a joint session of the Dutch parliament.
“I swear that I shall defend and preserve the independence and territory of the state with all my powers. That I shall protect the general and individual freedom and rights of all my subjects and shall use all available means granted to me by law for preserving and promoting general and individual prosperity as I befitting of a good king…. So help me God almighty.”
The body of Queen Maria of Yugoslavia is to be repatriated to Belgrade after being exhumed from the Royal Burial Ground at Windsor on 26 April 2013. Her body was exhumed on Friday after permission was given by the Queen and the remains transferred from Windsor to a Serbian Orthodox church in London. A memorial service will take place on 28 April in London. Queen Maria’s body will then be flown back to Belgrade, accompanied by her grandson Crown Prince Alexander. The body will then be interred at the Royal mausoleum at Topola. Queen Maria’s son, who died in 1970 and was buried in Illinois, was repatriated from the US in January. King Peter’s wife Queen Alexandra was buried in Athens and her body will be returned in May. Serbia will hold a state funeral for Queen Maria, King Peter II and Queen Alexandra on 26 May. [Source: Telegraph]
A few photographs from ‘The King Michael I Medal for Loyalty’ day celebrated at the Elisabeta Palace for the third time on 13 November 2012.
London, 8 November 2012, 5 pm: a service of thanksgiving honouring the life and work of His Majesty King Michael of Romania is scheduled to take place at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, in the presence of His Majesty and members of the Romanian Royal Family. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will also be present. The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy is the Chapel of the Royal Victorian Order. King Michael is the senior Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.