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More Swedes want king to abdicate: poll

An increasing number of Swedes want to see King Carl XVI Gustaf abdicate in favour of Crown Princess Victoria, a new poll showed.

More Swedes want king to abdicate: poll
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According to polling firm Synovate, only 51 percent of Swedes want to see the King remain on the throne, down from 64 percent in February.

Every third wants to swap the reigning monarch for his eldest child, Crown Princess Victoria, almost double the number in the previous opinion survey.

The survey does not detail what lies behind the King’s declining popularity, but it comes at a time when he has been shrouded in controversy following the publication of an unofficial bibliography containing a slew of controversial revelations.

“A pure speculation is that it could depend on all the recent reports. I can’t rule it out,” said Synovate’s opinion analyst Niklas Källebring to the Dagens Nyheter daily.

The poll also shows that support for the monarchy in general is in decline, contradicting a Demoskop poll published on November 23rd which indicated that support had in fact increased despite the scrutiny over the King’s private life.

According to the Synovate poll 70 percent of Swedes back the monarchy, down from 74 percent in 2009 and 80 percent in 2005.

Synovate interviewed 1,011 people between November 16th-22nd on behalf of Dagens Nyheter.

Demoskop’s poll, conducted a week earlier on behalf of the Expressen daily, showed that 69 percent of Swedes wanted to see Sweden remain a constitutional monarchy, up from 63 percent when the question was last posed – just prior to the June royal wedding.

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Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel have both tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time, although the pair have very mild cold symptoms.

Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time
Both Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: TT

Sweden’s Royal Court announced that Prince Daniel had tested positive in a press release issued on Sunday, while Crown Princess Victoria’s second infection was revealed in another release on Saturday.

The royal couple, who are both fully vaccinated, first tested positive for the virus in March last year, and have only mild symptoms. 

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According to the press releases Prince Daniel was suffering “very mild symptoms and feels well”, while Princess Victoria has “the symptoms of a cold but otherwise feels well”.  

The couple are both now isolating in Haga Palace in the north of Stockholm, where they have lived since 2010. 

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who are triple-vaccinated, both tested positive on Tuesday. The couple are now symptom-free, but are continuing their isolation at Drottningholm Palace to the west of Stockholm. 

Prince Carl Philip, Victoria’s younger brother, and his wife Princess Sofia were the first Swedish royals to test positive in November 2020. 

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