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King gifted republican proposal on his birthday

Published måndag 30 april 2012 kl 16.39
The royal family waves to the public on King Carl XVI Gustaf's (L) 66th birthday. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix

The Swedish king celebrated his 66th birthday on Monday with the public in the courtyard of Stockholm's royal palace, but among gifts was a proposal for how to set up a republic, given to the monarch by the country's Republican Association.

"We wanted to make him interested in how society is changing," says its chairperson, Peter Althin, to the news agency TT.

A recent public confidence survey by Gothenburg University shows the lowest rating for the monarchy since its researchers began conducting opinion polls in 1995.

Confidence in the monarchy has sunk from more than 40 percent in 1995 to 4 percent last year, according to the poll.

The heir to the thrown, Crown Princess Victoria, is still better-liked than her father.

She recently gave birth to her first child, Princess Estelle.

Peter Althin says the February birth saw 1,700 new members join the Republican Association.

The proposal for a new republican constitution asks for a referendum to be held on whether to exchange Carl XVI Gustaf as head of state with a democratically elected president.

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