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Swedish King Celebrates 60th Birthday

Published tisdag 2 maj 2006 kl 12.11
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Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrated his 60th birthday Sunday.

Aristocrats from Europe’s royal houses joined thousands of Swedes in the festivities. Among the royal guests were the monarchs of Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and Monaco. The queen of Denmark was unable to attend because of a cold, and was represented by the Prince Consort and the Crown Princess. The British royal family did not send a representative.

Once the world’s youngest king, Carl Gustaf has reigned for nearly 30 years. His father died when he was still a small child, and he assumed the throne in 1973 following the death of his grandfather, Gustav VI Adolf.

Sunday’s celebrations began with a service at the royal chapel. Then the king and his family appeared on the palace balcony to receive ovations from thousands of people gathered below. Later in the day he and Queen Silvia were cheered through the streets as they rode in an open coach drawn by six horses to a banquet at Stockholm city hall.

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