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Sweden's king celebrates 65th birthday

AFP/The Local · 1 May 2011, 09:08

Published: 01 May 2011 09:08 GMT+02:00

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Crowds waving Swedish flags in the palace were treated to a visit by the king after the sound of fanfares and a noon salute of 21 shots fired from the cannons of Skeppsholmen fortress across from the palace.

The royal heir Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel took part in the celebrations, having just returned from London where they had attended the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

In an interview ahead of the birthday, the king had told TT news agency that he had no intention of retiring in the near future despite hitting the country's legal retirement age.

"I have no intention of starting to feed the birds yet," he said. "The monarch is to carry out his duties as long as he is of sound mind."

A poll published in December last year showed two-thirds of Swedes would like to see the king abdicate to make way for Victoria, who married commoner Daniel Westling last June.

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When and if Victoria steps onto the throne, she will be the first queen of the Bernadotte dynasty, which has reigned over Sweden for two centuries.

Sweden has had only two queens in its modern history, Kristina (1632-1654) and Ulrika Elenora (1719-1720).

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Your comments about this article

10:11 May 1, 2011 by wenddiver
Sounds like a good excuse to tie one on.
10:37 May 1, 2011 by swedejane
So ridiculous. Has this guy done anything worthwhile in his life? I'm just curious because I really don't get the whole "monarchy" thing...especially in supposedly democratic countries.
11:55 May 1, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
@swede jane, every country needs a leader, and ideally above politics.

Would you rather a Berlesconi figure or a gadaffi ?
13:06 May 1, 2011 by Mike in America
Who designed his dress? Oh wait, wrong monarchy.
13:09 May 1, 2011 by reason
No need to go even that far Rey. I honestly can't come up with a single politician that I would like to see as head of state.

Much better then to have someone who knows he's a figurehead and does his best to be a good one.
13:23 May 1, 2011 by wenddiver
How do you know the King doesn't do anything, maybe he prowls the streets of Malmo with his posse rescuing hookers from sex trafficers??? When your King you have to maintain your privacy or you end up like Elvis.

That's the thing, being King means never having to explain yourself, you shrug your shoulders and just say the commoners don't get it.

How would you like to have to wave to a bunch of Stromling eaters every where you go or be the person who tells Prince Harry he can't come over and party with the Pricesses???
14:18 May 1, 2011 by johnny1939
Happy birthday Your Majesty and many, many more!
17:57 May 1, 2011 by jmclewis
King Carl is Sweden's biggest leach on the tax payer and largest welfare fraud...... He is able bodied but chooses not to work do to being in the lucky DNA Club!
20:25 May 1, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
I think the person above means "leech"
21:19 May 1, 2011 by wxman
Maybe he meant Gordon Leach from "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"? ;~)
06:20 May 2, 2011 by wenddiver
Hey, it's a good day, US Forces popped a cap in Osma Bin Laden a##. He is as Dead as the horse and buggy. High five all allied forces, wish the King could have hung around for the party.

Miller Time.
17:48 May 4, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Did his birthday cake have enough fiber?
23:58 May 5, 2011 by Rdrpwr
Iam not from Sweden. Iam from Texas . Just want to say Happy Birthday King Carl!!!! LONG LIVE THE KING!!!!!!!
20:49 May 6, 2011 by Observant
The King deserves his privacy like any other citizen here in Sweden.

I have read the comments above and apart from those of RDRPWR all should be thrown in the lunatic hospital.

HM The King is the Monarch and as such deserves respect from all those who live here. I hope the King remains on the Throne for many years to come. HRH Princess Victoria will undoubtedly have her chance but she is not yet ready to undertake the duty of Monarch.

HM The King and HM The Queen are an institution that Sweden CANNOT do without. I can let you into a very strange secret. They are both human.

I hope you had a very enjoyable birthday Your Majesty and many more to come.
00:29 May 8, 2011 by wenddiver
@Observant- Keep that up and you can join the King's Posse if you have any special Ninja skills.
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