12 million kronor to King’s new charity

On Saturday Carl Gustaf received yet more presents, including almost 12 million kronor in donations to a new charity.

Before his birthday the king had made clear that he wanted investments to help young leaders ‘with a good inner compass’ with grants, training and education. Representatives from the ‘Ungt ledarskap’ (Young leadership) charity presented a tidy 11,799,171 kronor to give the project a considerable kick start.

“We’re proud that our country has a head of state who wants to use his birthday to do something for others,” said the charity’s chairman Ingemar Eliasson, who gave the king a painting and a list of all those who had contributed money to the charity.

“I really want to thank everyone who’s been involved in this. And thank you in advance on behalf of all the young people who we will eventually select,” said the king.

Among the other gifts the king received on Saturday was an invitation from the president of the Seychelles to visit the Aldabra atoll, a new fund from the World Wildlife Fund in the king’s name, and a tie from the City of Stockholm made out of 83 year old curtains.

The former Marshal of the Realm used all his inside knowledge to come up with a gift that the king did not already have.

“We assume that the king does not have a pair of special cufflinks for hunting,” said Per Sköld.

“No!” cried the queen, to everyone’s amusement.

The king was also visibly delighted by the gift from his own reindeer keeper, Nisse Walkeapääs: an old fashioned reindeer lasso and a belt with a knife. They came with an invitation to join him to mark reindeer in the summer, which the king was forced to decline due to a prior arrangement.


GALLERY: Dimitrov and Princess Estelle wow Stockholm Open crowd

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria downed Spain's David Ferrer to claim the Stockholm Open men's singles title on Sunday. But it was Sweden's Princess Estelle who stole the show.

GALLERY: Dimitrov and Princess Estelle wow Stockholm Open crowd

Eager audiences filled the seats of Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall on Sunday to watch the finals of the IF Stockholm Open to see Dimitrov dispatch Ferrer with 2-6, 6-3, and 6-4 in hard-fought men’s final match.

Dimitrov, 28th ranked in the world, overcame a four-match losing streak to beat third-ranked Ferrer of Spain for his first title. The 22-year-old Bulgarian has trained in Sweden.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Dimitrov of winning.

IN PICTURES: See action from the Stockholm Open finals

In the doubles tournament, hopes were high that 41-year-old Swede Jonas Björkman would make a comeback after a five-year absence from the court. He and partner Robert Lindstedt, however, couldn’t manage to take home the trophy, losing in straight sets to Pakistani-Dutch pair Aisam-ul-Haw Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, 6-2, 6-2.

But Björkman still had big fans in the audience – including Sweden’s young Princess Estelle and her mother Crown Princess Victoria. The bouncing toddler gave the Swedish tennis veteran a little round of applause when he visited the royal box after the match. The royal family attended the final on Sunday, and pink-clad Princess Estelle’s smile shone upon the players, much to the delight of other fans and press photographers.

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“It’s not the easiest thing to sit there, quiet and still, for two and a half hours,” Björkman said to the Expressen newspaper. “She behaved herself admirably. Very impressive how she handled it.”

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