King Carl XVI Gustaf
Born 30th April 1946
Acceded to the thrown on September 15th 1973 following the death of his grandfather, Gustaf VI Adolf. His duties are almost entirely ceremonial, which may account for his, and his family’s, continuing popularity among Swedes. Lives in Drottningholm Palace, a popular tourist destination.
Born 23rd December 1943
The daughter of a German father and a Brazilian mother, Silvia Sommerlath served on the Organising Committee for the Munich Olympics training hostesses. At the 1972 Olympics she met her handsome young prince and they married in 1976.
Crown Princess Victoria
Born 14th July 1977
Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland, is heir to the Swedish throne and performs official engagements in between her somewhat varied studies. According to her biography on the royal web site, she ‘enjoys leisure pursuits’. See, they’re not so different, are they? Although she does live in Drottningholm Palace.
Prince Carl Philip
Born 13th May 1979
Carl Philip is studying graphic design in Stockholm, which is just as well because the year he was born it was decided that the oldest child, rather than the oldest male child, would succeed to the throne.
Born 10th June 1982
Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, is studying the royal’s favourite, History of Art, at Stockholm University. Apparently she also has a ‘European Computer Driving Licence’.
Born 30th August 1915
Born Lilian Davies in the Welsh town of Swansea, Princess Lilian married the King’s uncle, Prince Bertil, in 1976 and became Duchess of Halland. The pair first met in London during the Second World War, but King Gustav VI Adolf refused to accept the relationship as Lilian was a commoner and divorced (from actor Ivan Craig, who appeared in The Buccanners, among other things). Things improved for the couple after the current king came to the throne, and they were eventually allowed to marry, although they never had children. Princess Lilian is now treated as a core member of the Royal Family, and has a prominent role at the Nobel Prize ceremonies and other major occasions.