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Swedish king rules out retirement

TT/Rebecca Martin · 26 Apr 2011, 11:55

Published: 26 Apr 2011 11:55 GMT+02:00

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“It is tradition that the monarch carries on in his duties as long as he is of a sound mind,“ he told news agency TT in an interview on Tuesday.

The King doesn’t think that turning 65 is such an important anniversary, despite it being retirement age in Sweden, and he has no plans to cut down on work hours in the near future.

“I have no intention to start feeding the birds yet, in any case,” he said.

The drawbacks with being the head of state are the same today as before, according to the King, but media coverage has become more intense in recent years.

“Before I had a certain amount of privacy, but now I am a public figure almost around the clock. It wears you down, it is difficult and tiring,“ he said.

During a press meeting in Botswana recently, the King was asked how Queen Silvia was after the Queen had not been able to accompany him on his African journey after falling victim to the flu. The King quickly replied that she was so sick her ears would have to be cut off.

“You have to see the funny side of things every now and then. Sometimes they write so many lies that it really doesn’t matter what you answer,” he told TT.

The King found himself in the line of fire following the publication of the scandalous unofficial biography "Carl XVI Gustaf - the reluctant monarch" ("Carl XVI Gustaf - Den motvillige monarken") in November last year.

The book chronicled details of wild parties and affairs he was alleged to have had with young women. It was the first expose of its kind about the royal family in Sweden.

Among the more lurid revelations was an alleged year-long love affair with Swedish singer and model Camilla Henemark - a founding member of the band Army of Lovers.

“It is of course never pleasant to be named and shamed the way I was, and several others with me. Many other names were included - that is perhaps the most tragic part of it all,” the King said.

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The King was criticised in the press after choosing not to answer questions about the contents of the book at the press conference in November following the annual elk hunt in western Sweden.

"I have seen a number of the headlines that have not been so nice. I have spoken to my family and the Queen. We will turn the page and go on now because as I understand it, this is about things that happened a long time ago," he explained at the time.

At the time, PR-experts called his lack of reaction ‘unprofessional’. But almost six months on, the King thinks his message was received clearly by the Swedish public.

“I was perfectly aware of what I wanted to say, and if others choose to interpret it any other way, that is not my fault,” he told TT.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:26 April 26, 2011 by philster61
Kings don't retire.
12:26 April 26, 2011 by wenddiver
When did they install the Bionic Arm?
12:54 April 26, 2011 by Åskar
For a moment I thought the little finger looked like the thumb and he was saluting with the palm facing outwards.
14:59 April 26, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Why does he wear the left glove on the right hand?
15:10 April 26, 2011 by Swedesmith
How would we know if he did retire?
15:20 April 26, 2011 by Rick Methven
@swedesmith "How would we know if he did retire? "

My friends have been saying that about me for years
15:42 April 26, 2011 by Swedesmith
At least you have friends.
15:49 April 26, 2011 by darky
Let the king be there . He is not even that old but you guys keep on making a hell of noise.
16:16 April 26, 2011 by Tanskalainen
I hear he's saving royal farts in a glass jar.
18:50 April 26, 2011 by swedejane
His royal subjects want nothing but for him to recede into the shadows so that his younger and more popular daughter can take over. The best defense he can muster is that being royal is soooo hard....yes, public welfare for millionaires must be difficult. All those responsibilities too. Like...yes...hmmm...well I'm sure there must be a tremendous amount to do...like attending to his daily morning douche.
20:34 April 26, 2011 by Swedesmith
Hey, don't critcize until you've walked a mile in his ($800) shoes.
22:39 April 26, 2011 by wxman
The glove on the right hand is reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove.
13:33 April 29, 2011 by wenddiver
I wonder if he has ever considered wearing his hair in a High and Tight. I think he would look really good in a more aggressive Military style haircut.
17:11 April 29, 2011 by Observant
It is very important tha the Royal Family has their privacy.

It is about time that the gutter-street journalists grow up and act in a way their profession originally demanded of them.

Continue as the Monarch as long as you deem fit. Forget the Republicans they are nothing anyway.

I personally wish HM The King every happiness long after his retirement age on Saturday. Happy Returns of the Day your Majesty.
12:21 April 30, 2011 by conboy
Yes but will he be let out to have a little fun???
12:38 May 1, 2011 by wenddiver
Rumor has it, you Don't mess with the King or Sweden, he will use his giant rubber glove to rip your heart out!

He is having a red phone installed with Germany, in case his son-in-law acts up and he has to send his Gripen fighters to napalm Germany's huts and send the Swedish Army south like Gustavus Adolfus.

Just the other day he sent the Queen of Denmak a note saying he was joking when he took "King of the Wends" out of his title and not to even think about sending the Danish Army into "Cottbus".

Rumor has it he likes to walk around the Palace with his shirt off, with a large pistol, stuck in his waisteband, saying "I'm a bad man". Also that he called the Queen and promised to rock her world when he got back from wasting Afganistan with his posse.

Now that he's back from Afganistan, they say he has started a new tradition of making the Prime Minister call him the Boss and wears his hair more like Elvis. Is considering wearing his Ray-Ban sun glasses when eating more.
17:52 May 11, 2011 by jmclewis
Retire from a life of splendid leisure, the only way to do less is to die.
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