European royals celebrate King Carl Gustaf of Sweden’s Golden Jubilee

European royals have turned out in force to celebrate the golden jubilee of King Carl Gustaf‘s 50th in Stockholm.

Carl Gustaf, 77, is the first king in the Swedish monarchy’s more than 1,000-year history to reach 50 years on the throne. 

And following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last year, he’s the second-longest reigning European monarch alive today, after Queen Margrethe, who celebrated her 50th anniversary on Denmark’s throne last year. 

The jubilee is four days of celebrations that culminate with a military parade through the capital. 

Queen Margrethe of Denmark arrived for the festivities alongside her son Crown Prince Frederik, 55, and his wife Princess Mary, 51, on Thursday. 

Crown Prince Frederik looked smart in a sage green suit jacket and grey trousers as he arrived for the celebrations

Crown princess Mary looked typically stylish in a beige suit which she paired with a white T-shirt

King Carl XVI Gustaf posed in the same ceremonial chains and medals that he wore for his 1973 regal assurance, when he was only 27 years old

Meanwhile Queen Anne-Marie of Greece was also among the dignitaries on the guest list for the jubilee events. 

King Carl’s cousin Queen Margrethe looked chic in a navy coat and a red and white gown underneath.

Prince Frederik looked smart in a sage green suit jacket and grey trousers, while his wife looked typically stylish in a beige suit.

Yesterday the Monarch of Sweden appeared in great spirits during the reception at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

The royal, who is a distant cousin of King Charles, received a present and balloons from Jennifer McShane and Ava Thunberg from the foundation My Special Day.

Carl donned a navy suit which he paired with a white shirt and a matching navy tie.

King Carl ascended to the throne on the death of his grandfather, Gustaf VI Adolf, on 15 September 1973.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark arrived in Sweden for the celebration of King Carl Gustaf 's 50th jubilee in Stockholm

Queen Anne-Marie of Greece was also among the dignitaries on the guest list for the jubilee events

He is the youngest child and only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

He married Silvia Sommerlath in 1976, three years after his accession.

The royal couple share three children – Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, 45, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland, 43, and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, 40.

Ahead of his Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Royal Court of Sweden shared a new image of the monarch, which was taken in the Royal Palace of Stockholm’s Hall of State.

Queen Margrethe was spotted greeting the navy as she boarded a ship in Stockholm

King Carl's cousin Queen Margrethe looked chic in a navy coat and a red and white gown underneath

Dressed in his admiral uniform, the father-of-three is pictured next to the silver throne, which dates back to Queen Kristina’s 1650 coronation and is used in state openings of parliament.

Over his uniform, the King wears a number of medals – including the Order of the Seraphim.

This medal – also known as the ‘Blue Ribbon’ – is seen as Sweden’s equivalent to the UK’s Order of the Garter and is the highest honour of chivalry which can be awarded.

On top of this, the monarch also wears the Royal Order of Vasa, the Order of the Sword and the 1840 Order of Dannebrog chain, which can only be given to the monarch’s closest family.

The King also appears to be wearing the exact same ceremonial chains he donned for his 1973 regal assurance, when he became the country’s youngest ever monarch at 27 years old.

The new portrait of the King, taken by Thron Ullberg, will appear on stamps being issued in Sweden in 2023.


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