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King going strong after 40 years on the throne

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf addressed his 40 years as head of state on Friday in a written statement, which made no mention of handing the throne over to his 35-year-old daughter.

King going strong after 40 years on the throne

In a survey published by opinion pollsters Sifo and the Aftonbladet newspaper in January, six out of ten respondents said they would like the king to hand over power to Crown Princess Victoria.

The king’s statement, published in the form of an interview on the Royal Court website, made no mention of the finding and instead looked back at his four decades as head of state.

The king said the 40 years had passed “surprisingly fast”.

He acknowledged some challenges he has faced as head of state, such as his way with words.

“Yes, I’ve not always been so good when it comes to that, but all jokes aside, it’s probably something we should all think about: what we say, in which situation, to whom and so on,” he said in

Carl XVI Gustaf took over the throne as a 27-year-old in 1973 from his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf.

“I feel the court is more transparent today,” the king said. “There’s been a tremendous change and that transformation is ongoing.”

“The role as head of the state, meanwhile, is laid out in the Swedish constitution.”

To mark the four decades as head of state, he and Queen Silvia will visit all 21 of Sweden’s counties.

“These trips will give us a fantastic opportunity to get a cohesive view of how the counties have developed and what’s in store for them in the future,” the statement read.

He also gave his view on the role of the monarchy in the modern world.

“In today’s globalized world, I feel my role has become even more important,” the regent said.

“Sweden today has citizens with many different backgrounds. I can show what Sweden represents and as a neutral and apolitical head of state have a unifying role.”

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Swedish royals issue rare group picture as New Year’s treat

Sweden’s Royal Family have wished their subjects a Happy New Year with an album of private moments from 2016 — including a rare group picture of all thirteen family members together.

Swedish royals issue rare group picture as New Year's treat
“This has been a very eventful and positive year for the family,” the Royal Court’s press chief Margareta Thorgren told the Aftonbladet newspaper. “The Royal Family want to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2017”. 
 
The group picture was taken during the birthday celebrations for Crown Princess Viktoria at Solliden, the royals’ summer residence on the island of Öland. 
 
It shows King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia seated with the rest of the family standing behind them.  
 
Their eldest daughter Crown Princess Victoria stands in the middle holding her baby son Oscar (9 months), next to her husband Prince Daniel, who his carrying Princess Estelle (4). Prince Carl Phillip (37) stands to the right next to his wife Sofia, who is carrying Prince Alexander, who at 8 months old is the youngest Swedish royal. 
 
Princess Madeleine (34), stands to the left clutching her daughter Leonore (2), while her financier husband Christopher O'Neill holds their son Nicholas (18 months). 
 
The slide show, which was issued on Instagram and YouTube, followed a Christmas video showing Viktoria (39) and her family grilling traditional ‘pinnbröd’, or ‘stick bread’ in Tyresta national park outside Stockholm. 
 
‘Pinnbröd’, a staple of Swedish childhood forest outings, is a form of soda bread dough, which is wrapped around a stick and then roasted over a camp fire. 
 
“Merry Christmas and a New Year year,” the family, with the exception of Oscar,  declare while warming themselves by the fire. 
 
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