Swedish King Karl XVI. Gustav can already boast of 50 years on the throne. The longest-reigning monarch in Swedish history will celebrate the anniversary with a dinner with distinguished guests, a procession and a free outdoor concert in Stockholm.
On September 15, 1973, after the death of his grandfather, King Gustav VI. At the age of 27, Adolf was ascended to the throne by the Swedish king Karl XVI. Gustav and thus became the youngest king in the world. He became king so young because his father in 1947, when Karl XVI. Gustav, only nine months old, died in a plane crash in Denmark.
Today, Karl XVI. Gustav is the longest-reigning monarch in Swedish history and the second longest-reigning European monarch after his cousin, Queen Margaret II of Denmark, who has been on the throne since 1972. Although the Swedish monarchy was once in crisis, it is now very popular, and this is said to be was largely due to the 79-year-old Queen Silvia, whom the ruler met in 1972 at the Summer Olympics in Munich.
They were married on June 19, 1976 in Stockholm Cathedral, the first marriage of a reigning Swedish monarch in 180 years. Three children were born in their marriage – 46-year-old Crown Princess Victoria, 44-year-old Prince Carl Philip and 41-year-old Princess Madeleine.
The 77-year-old king, who grew up with four older sisters with an often absent mother, otherwise only has a protocol role. Five decades since his assumption of the crown will be accompanied by a real celebration. As part of the celebration, the royal couple went to the jubilee theater play at the opera, and the royal family and their dignitaries already attended mass in the chapel of the royal palace in Stockholm, the monarch already watched the changing of the guard in front of the palace, and he will also give a speech on television. The royal palace will host a gala dinner attended by leaders, members of the royal families of the Nordic countries and Swedish politicians.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected at the peak of the celebration, which will engulf the center of the capital on Saturday afternoon. At that time, the royal couple will ride in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by 3,000 soldiers of several generations and a military band. At the end of the procession, the blue-blooded couple will row down the river in a royal barge to the steps below the royal palace in the old town. The anniversary celebration will end on Saturday evening with a free outdoor concert near the palace featuring popular Swedish bands.
This year, Sweden is also celebrating the 500th anniversary of the reign of the first Swedish king, Gustav Vasa, who was on the throne from 1523 until his death in 1560.