The King's turbulent year: a timeline
The Local/dl · 31 May 2011, 11:41
Published: 31 May 2011 11:41 GMT+02:00
- Swedish press reacts to royal denials (31 May 11)
- Scandal-hit King denies all allegations (30 May 11)
- King welcomes friend's 'clarification' (24 May 11)
Princess Madeleine breaks off her engagement with fiance Jonas Bergström following reports he had a brief romance with a Norwegian handball star while on a skiing holiday.
Crown Princess Victoria marries Daniel Westling.
Publication of "Carl XVI Gustaf – den motvillige monarken" ('Carl XVI Gustaf – the reluctant monarch'), a book detailing the King's alleged visits to porn clubs, connections to the criminal underworld, as well as claims he had an affair with a member of the band Army of Lovers.
The King holds a press conference at the conclusion of his annual elk hunt in which he urges the public and media to "turn the page" on the allegations included in the book. He neither confirms nor denies any of the claims detailed in the book.
The Royal Court considers suing the Left Party's newspaper following a review of the book entitled "A horny king".
The King turns 65, but affirms he has "no intention" of retiring.
Queen Silvia affirms plans to investigate alleged ties that her father, Walter Sommerlath, had to the Nazi party.
Reports emerge confirming that Anders Lettström, a close friend of the King, had turned to reputed gangster Milan Sevo for help in buying allegedly incriminating pictures of the King and his friends. Sweden's TV4 reports having seen the pictures in connection with an interview with ex-porn club owner Mille Markovic. The King can reportedly be seen in two of the pictures.
Anders Lettström sends an email to Swedish media outlets taking full responsibility for contacting criminals. The King issues a brief statement on the incident, but refuses to answer any questions about the claims.
In an interview with the TT news agency, the King denies all allegations about visiting porn clubs or other places "inappropriate" for someone who serves as Sweden's head of state. Observers and PR-experts immediately cast doubt on the King's denials.