Sweden

The Laws of Succession in ... Sweden

The line of succession to the Swedish throne is dictated by the Swedish constitution, which sets out requirements for those in line to the throne. Currently, there are only eleven people in the line of succession. In Sweden, the Act of Succession governs who can succeed to the throne, and the country abides by absolute primogeniture (the eldest child, regardless of gender, inherits the throne).
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Sweden

Why King Carl Gustaf has 16 in his name

Why does King Carl Gustaf of Sweden have the number 16 Roman numerals in between his two names? King Carl XVI Gustaf means that the current monarch is the 16th ruler to use the name Carl (or Charles). However, there haven’t actually been 16 monarchs to use the name throughout Sweden’s history. The first trace of the use of Carl/Charles goes back to 1161, when Carl VII…
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Norway

Norway's Crown Princess turns 50

Just a few weeks after Crown Prince Haakon marked his 50th birthday, his wife, Mette-Marit, is celebrating her 50 years of life. Who is the next commoner queen who was once controversial but is now beloved by all of Norway? Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby was born on 19 August 1973 inKristiansand,Norway. She has one older sister and two older brothers. Her parents divorced when she…
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Sweden

The Swedish monarch and the Nobels

While each royal family has annual ceremonial events that they are known for, the Swedish Royal Family has a yearly event that is publicised around the globe. Each year, the Swedish Royal Family takes part in the Nobel Prize award ceremonies. The Nobel Award Prize…
Norway

The 'Queen's Empty House' and one of Europe's most beloved kings

It was a quiet country house, described by several who knew it as ‘’little’’ and a ‘’pied a terre’, given as a wedding present to a royal couple who were expected to linger on the fringes of regal life. Yet on July 2nd 1903, it became the birthplace of one of the most popular and celebrated monarchs of the 20th century. For it was at Appleton House, on the Sandringham Estate, that…
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