Queen Silvia of Sweden wearing the Nine Prong Tiara at the 2013 Nobel banquet.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCE CHRISTIAN OF DENMARK | 15 October 2005“He’s our lovely, little king of Greenland”
Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
♔ Princess Estelle in 2014 thus far.
Carl Gustaf was born in Haga Palace in Solna, Stockholm County. He is the only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. He was christened at the Royal Chapel on 7 June 1946. Like the last Russian Tsarevich, the King has four elder sisters. He inherited the Swedish throne in 1973 on the day of his grandfather’s death.
In a speech in 2005, the King expressed some of his feelings about growing up without having known his father, who died in an airplane crash when the king was only 9 months old. His second eldest sister, Princess Birgitta, elaborated on these feelings in an interview around the same time, commenting that their mother and the strict Swedish royal court of the time did not consider the emotional needs of Prince Gustaf Adolf’s children. In that era, she said, tragedy was seldom discussed with children. “Children’s questions were met with silence, children’s anxiety and fear with the same silence.”
The King married Silvia Sommerlath, whose father was German and whose mother was Brazilian, and who had grown up in both countries. They met at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, where she was an interpreter and hostess. The wedding was held on 19 June 1976, at the Stockholm Cathedral. They had three children: Crown Princess Victoria (b. 1977), Prince Carl Philip (b. 1979), and Princess Madeleine (b. 1982) and two grandchildren: Princess Estelle (b. 2012) and Princess Leonore (b. 2014).