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Helsingborg celebrates 'the art of becoming king'

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 20 Oct 2010, 08:50

Published: 20 Oct 2010 08:50 GMT+02:00

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The Swedish King and Queen, Crown Princess Victoria, and Prince Daniel will be in attendance to join the festivities, as well as Prince Carl Philip and Denmark's Queen Margrethe and Princess Benedikte.

Celebrations will begin in Denmark in the morning and continue in Helsingborg during the afternoon.

To mark the occasion, Dunkers Kulturhus is opening an exhibition entitled "The Art of becoming King" (Konsten att bli kung) marking the path of the establishment of the Bernadotte dynasty from humble beginnings as Jean Baptiste, field marshall in Napoleon's army, to Sweden's King Karl XIV Johan.

The exhibition asks the question - How did he get here, and how did he manage the incredible achievement (of a commoner from Pau, France) becoming a king for real, and founding a new dynasty?

The exhibition shows "how the role of king can be formed, changed and maintained within various social and cultural bounds, and through concerted strategies".

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Sweden's sitting regent, King Carl XVI Gustaf, will open the exhibition on Wednesday.

The full programme of events to celebrate the anniversary in Helsingborg on Wednesday can be found (in Swedish)here

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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13:33 October 20, 2010 by eltechno
I find the very idea of royalty offensive. It's not just the royal family either--its all the hangers-on, butt-kissers, and other forms of useless protoplasm that come with the institution.

I am, however, deciding that the Bernadottes might merit an exception. As I read history, Sweden managed to involve itself in STUPID wars more or less continuously until 1814 but has not been in a war since. This is one of the more remarkable cultural turnarounds ever. If the House of Bernadotte is even partly responsible for this change in cultural direction, and seems clear it is, then it has justified its expense and existence a 100 times over.
16:33 October 20, 2010 by mojofat
"The exhibition asks the question - How did he get here, and how did he manage the incredible achievement (of a commoner from Pau, France) becoming a king for real, and founding a new dynasty?"

Hmmm...by subjugating the native people? Stepping on anyone who got in his way?

While I respect that royalty is just one of those european cultural things, it really is ridiculous that in the 21st century we still have a class system in place with names like "King" and "Princess" and so forth. Not to mention that tax dollars still go to these genetic lottery winners.
07:33 October 21, 2010 by Rishonim
The exhibition should be called " From Peasant to King". After all Bernadotte was a field Marshall and as Punishment Napoleon sent him to Sweden
14:57 October 22, 2010 by PearlandPeach
The book Desiree, from the late 50' did a slice of this history that managed to get me really reading Swedish hishory. Would love to be able to come to the

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