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King should surrender throne to Victoria: poll

The Local/AFP · 22 May 2011, 11:10

Published: 22 May 2011 11:10 GMT+02:00

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A full 59 percent of Swedes want the king to step down within the next 10 years, while only 29 percent think he should reign until his death, according to a Demoskop poll published in the Expressen daily.

The Internet poll conducted Friday of 620 people also showed that while 73 percent of those questioned said they had much or very much confidence in Victoria, only 39 percent said the same thing about her father.

Thirty-two percent of people polled said they had little or very little confidence in the king, compared to just nine percent for the crown princess.

The king reached the official retirement age of 65 last month but has said he has no plans to abdicate in favour of his 33-year-old daughter.

The latest poll confirms opinions seen in other recent surveys and comes just days after commercial broadcaster TV4 claimed it had viewed pictures of the king in a strip club in the same shot as two women having sex.

TV4's report came as a new book said friends of the king had been willing to pay large sums of money to block the publication of pictures of him in compromising situations.

At least one of his friends reportedly contacted an alleged mafia boss to ask for help to negotiate with the strip club owner and stop him from making the pictures public.

The royal court in Stockholm told AFP Saturday it has demanded that TV4 show the pictures detailed in its report.

"TV4 must show what it is they are talking about. Where's the substance? For now, as far as I can tell, there is no substance to this," court information chief Bertil Ternert said, adding that the report had put him in the "impossible situation ... of being asked to react to something we have not seen."

"There needs to be some form of justice here. You cannot just attack the royal court and the king without disclosing what the substance is," he insisted.

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The latest reports come just over six months after a tell-all biography of the king hit the bookstands, causing uproar with its descriptions of his participation in wild parties and affairs with young women.

The claims have also surfaced less than a week after the court announced that Carl XVI Gustaf's wife, German-born Queen Silvia, had launched an investigation into the nature of controversial ties between her father and the Nazi regime.

That probe comes on the heels of another investigative report by TV4 that Silvia's father, whom she had previously insisted was not politically active although he was a member of the Nazi party, had taken over a German factory belonging to a Jew in 1939 as part of an "Aryanisation" programme.

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12:04 May 22, 2011 by johnny1939
I am paranoid perhaps but isn't it convenient that the attacks on both the King and Queen are raging at the moment? Who is behind all this? The King's "boys will be boys" conduct has been known for many, many years so it is really no new news at all. The Queen's background was well known before the marriage and accepted that she, herself has nothing to do w/ it at all. I am glad to see that the children are mostly being left alone for the moment at least. I do think that Lettström et al just wanted to protect their childhood friend and I might have tried to do the same had I been in that situation.
12:15 May 22, 2011 by konferans4
Everybody is invited the Creation Conference. Entry is free. There will be an exhibition of million yeared fossils.

29:e maj 2011 KL. 13.00-17.00 Folkets Hus Nobeltorget Olof Palmes Plats 1 Malmö Föreläsning på engelska av: Dr Cihat Gundogdu Altug Eti Kontaktperson: Edin Limani edin.ayberkinsaat@gmail.com Mob: 0737 67 27 99
12:32 May 22, 2011 by Twiceshy

"Internet poll conducted Friday of 620 people"

I can get 620 people on the web to say they think he should become Dutch and go stick his finger in dike! What a total joke!
15:13 May 22, 2011 by bolababu
Swedes always find a new thing to complain about, you all should be looking toward the idiots that are trying to blackmail your king for financial gain first, i am not a fan of monarchy but the whining sure gets on one's nerves. Dissolve the entire monarchial institution or shut up.
15:23 May 22, 2011 by eton75
People should leave the King alone . He has done a good job as King , and his wife is no saint either !
18:25 May 22, 2011 by glamelixir
Monarchy should surrender. Period.
18:50 May 22, 2011 by darky
But these affairs should not be strange. If everyone in the society likes sex, why not him the 1st man? Considering the fact that he is handsome and ladies will always flock around him? That is the life of most men so.....
18:56 May 22, 2011 by wenddiver
You guys have it all wrong, the King was standing up for Western culture, he was making a firm statement that he does not approve of Birkas and that Sweden should provide a safe work enviroment for all Wokers. If the government doesn't defend workers from oily Poles who will?

Why would anybody give the King a hard time for supporting culture and traditional Swedish Workeing safety. Shame on the people giving him a hard time for trying to interact with his subjects and not jut a few nobles.

As to the friends, every Man needs a Posse to have his back when things go wrong. Luckily they were just buying pictures and not blast a cap in the Hater's A$$.

We have a saying in the US:

A Friend will help you move,

A REAL Friend will help you move the bodies.
22:09 May 22, 2011 by GLO
Who cares, he went to se some women do it. Now if he went to see a man on man or mman on sheep Id say thats sick. Who cares, he's just another guy.
22:11 May 22, 2011 by jimthat
the king should make his whole term

if not it would bew an interference by i dont know who

but i suspect who

you dont need to be a genius to gues who

we want our sistem to stay

dont want to hear these so proclaimed gurus that look rather like a group of depressed and totally drunk
22:45 May 22, 2011 by Ivan Juric
I live in Victoria Australia and I agree, the King should surrender his throne to Victoria.
02:23 May 23, 2011 by JohnF_86
How sad that a "king" even exist. Someone should have the bravery to rid of that man and his sense of entitlement.
11:54 May 23, 2011 by jomamas
The people have no say in this, the King will rule as long as he wants.

If he wants to form relationships with different women in his life, that is his right.

The liberal media will portray it as 'womanization', but if Victoria were to sleep with 20 men, and someone were to call her a 'slut' they would slam it as being sexist.

Populist garbage, go back to your regular gossip rags and unemployment cheques.

Long life the king.
23:15 May 24, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
Oh just leave the King alone. Shees.
03:41 May 28, 2011 by philster61
No matter what peasants say, he is the King. Long may he reign........
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