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King Carl Gustaf marks 40 years on the throne

Updated söndag 15 september 2013 kl 17.30
Published söndag 15 september 2013 kl 10.22
Radio Sweden's interview with King Carl Gustaf April 7, 1988
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Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf dance at the royal palace courtyard during the 40th anniversary celebrations, Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix.
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The crowd outside the royal palace celebrating the king, Photo: Maja Suslin/TT
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King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrive at the Stockholm Palace chapel for a special service today in honor of his 40 years on the throne, Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
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King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia at Saturday's jubeliee concert, behind them Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel (celebrating his 40th birthday), Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
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King Carl XVI Gusf weds Queen Silvia in 1976. Photo: Pressens Bild/Scanpix.
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King Carl Gustaf when he ascended the throne in Sept. 1973, Photo: Jan Collsiöö/Pressens Bild

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.

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