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King's speech focuses on environment

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15:30 CET+01:00
The environment was in focus as the King gave his traditional Christmas Day speech. He also thanked the people of Sweden for their support for the royal wedding which took place earlier this year when Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling.

His speech began, as always, with the words 'Dear Swedes, at home and abroad' and continued by looking at the environment, where he compared the Earth to an apple with a thin and brittle skin.

'If the Earth was an apple, so life on Earth for humans, animals and plants is as fragile as the dew on the apple peel that can be so easily wiped away with a sleeve" the King explained to the Swedish people.

There was no mention of the recently published biography which goes into lurid detail about the King's numerous affairs with younger women including Camilla Henemark, the singer from the pop group Army Of Lovers.

According to a survey published today 63% of Swedes said they would like to see the King make way for his 33-year-old daughter, Victoria, within the next 10 years. Only 30% said he should reign until his death, while the remaining seven percent did not offer an opinion.

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