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.