King Carl Gustaf marks 40 years on the throne
Thousands of Swedes and tourists gathered outside Stockholm’s royal place Sunday to celebrate King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 40th year on the Swedish throne. The celebration followed a series of activities including a special service at the palace chapel and a jubilee concert Saturday evening.
In an interview with Swedish Radio News, the monarch describes how nervous he was when he ascended the throne as a 27 year old in 1973:
“I don’t think anyone could ever really understand what such an undertaking means,” he says. “I had been trained, received an education…so I should have been well-prepared, but for me and for the Swedish people,” he says, “it wasn’t completely easy.”
This because of the transition from his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf, who died at the age of 90, after nearly 23 years on the throne, to a new monarch in his 20’s.