Alleged King pics to be released: ex-gangster

Ex-porn club owner and reputed gangster Mille Markovic said on Tuesday he plans to publish compromising pictures of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf he claims to have in his possession.

Alleged King pics to be released: ex-gangster

Markovic said he has been in touch with people who helping write a book about his life and that he plans to publish pictures featuring the King online in connection with the book’s publication.

“They are going to make sure my book is done in a few months and not wait until next year,” he told the TT news agency.

According to Markovic, the pictures portray the King in compromising situations. He has previously shown the images to a reporter from Sweden’s TV4 and claims that they are genuine.

He added, however, that he never planned to sell the pictures or use them to blackmail the King.

One of the writers working on the book about Markovic is Deanne Rauscher, a co-author of “Den motvillige monarken” (‘The reluctant monarch’), a tell-all book published in November 2010 about the King’s life which details his alleged affairs and porn club visits.

In an interview with the TT news agency on Monday night, the King denied that the compromising images of him referred to in previous media reports exist or that he ever visited any porn clubs.

Despite the King’s denials, the Left Party has no plans to drop its demand that a truth commission be launched to get to the bottom of the book’s claims.

“Now we’re in a situation where word stands against word and it’s clear that there are many who are lying while the King is telling the truth. I still think we should dig deeper and investigate the matter,” Left Party MP Lena Olsson told TT.

Olsson, who sits on the Riksdag’s justice committee, proposed forming a truth commission last week in a question posed to Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in the Riksdag.

She pointed out that, if the reports are true, the King could have been the subject of blackmail which “could be a threat to national security”.

“Against this background, it would be appropriate for the King to take a time out from the Foreign Affairs Council (Utrikesnämnden) and a truth commission set up to investigate the truth,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, the Social Democrats continue to push their demand that changes be made that make it easier to investigate Sweden’s head of state, regardless of the King’s latest statements.

“This interview doesn’t change anything, the problem remains,” Social Democrat constitution committee spokesperson Sven-Erik Österberg told TT.

The party now plans to discuss the matter internally with the goal of presenting a bill to the Riksdag.

“Now the King has been clear in denying a lot, so one has to accept that is the case until something else is proven. If something else should come out, then naturally that would be very bad. There is a lot at stake if it should come out that it isn’t true,” said Österberg.

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What is Sweden doing to celebrate the King’s 50th year on the throne?

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf marks his 50-year jubilee next year, while the nation will mark the 500th anniversary of the year Gustav Vasa ascended to the throne after liberating Sweden from Danish rule. So, how is Sweden celebrating?

What is Sweden doing to celebrate the King's 50th year on the throne?

Carl XVI Gustaf was only 27 when he became king following the death of his grandfather, Gustaf VI Adolf in 1973, and he had been Crown Prince since his father, Prince Gustaf Adolf, died in a plane crash when he was just four years old. 

In 2018, he became Sweden’s longest reigning monarch ever, and he’s currently showing few signs of slowing down. 

Here are the main events planned for 2023 to celebrate his rule. 

January 27th: the Sweden Dinner

Jubilee celebrations will begin shortly after the New Year’s celebration, with a Sverigemiddag, or “Sweden Dinner”, planned in Stockholm at the Kungliga slottet, or Royal Palace, for January 27.

Leaders from each of Sweden’s 21 counties are invited, and those leaders will also select significant people from their counties to “set the tone” (tongivande människor) for the event.

February-September: Tour of Swedish counties

Throughout the year, the King and Queen will travel to all of Sweden’s counties, riding in a horse-drawn carriage wherever possible. These visits will take place between February and September.

June 6th: National Day celebrations

As mentioned above, on June 6, the royal couple will be in Strängnäs to mark the anniversary of the founding of modern Sweden under Gustav Vasa.

After visiting Strängnäs, the King will give a National Day speech at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, which has its own statue of Gustav Vasa, and which will itself be celebrating its 150-year anniversary next year. A National Day reception will also be held at the museum.

September 15th and September 16th: Main jubilee celebrations

September 15, 2023, officially marks 50 years from the day when Carl XVI Gustaf became Sweden’s king. 

A Jubilee dinner with international heads of state and royals will be held that evening in the Rikssalen at the Royal Palace.

The next day, on September 16th, the King and Queen will travel through Stockholm in a Jubilee Cortege. This will be followed by a Jubilee Concert, which will be open to the public and may also be broadcast live on TV and radio.

While not all these events will be open to the public, there are plenty of opportunities for regular civilians to get caught up in Jubilee celebrations. In March, an exhibition titled “Vasa to Bernadotte – Culture in the service of the kingdom 1523 – 1973 – 2023”, tracking the history of the Swedish monarchy, will open at the Royal Palace. And in June, an outdoor photography retrospective on Carl XVI Gustaf’s time as King will open at Slottsbacken, by the Royal Palace. 

Gustaf Vasa led a rebellion against the Danish King Kristian II, led Sweden’s reformation, and established Sweden as a unitary kingdom. Photo: National Museum of Sweden

So what’s planned to celebrate the the Vasa anniversary? 

Next year isn’t all about contemporary royalty, there’s also a historical king to celebrate. 

Gustav Vasa, or Gustav 1st, is seen by many Swedes as the country’s greatest ever ruler. During his rule, Vasa did away with the tradition of elected monarchs, replacing the system with a hereditary monarchy, then ruled by the House of Vasa.

The day he was elected king, June 6th, 1523, is now celebrated as Sweden’s national day.

So on June 6th, a full day of festivities is planned in Strängnäs, the city where Vasa’s election was held, with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia presiding over the day’s events.

The Royal Castles will mark Gustav Vasa’s election with a variety of events, including lectures, concerts, and park walks planned throughout the year at Vasaborgen Gripsholm, or Gripsholm Castle, in Mariefred. The castle itself is an important historical site, dating back to the era of Sweden’s Vasa rulers

You can apply for tickets here from March for the events at Gripsholm Castle.