The 75th birthday celebrations for King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden have been announced. He will celebrate his 75th birthday on Friday, 30 April.
The King will mark his birthday alongside Queen Silvia at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. There will be a small reception in the morning for the Prime Minister, Speaker of the Riksdag, the Dean of the County Governors, the Chairman of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, and Marshal of the Realm.
At noon, the Swedish Armed Forces will fire the traditional salutes from several forts across the country. The King will also receive some representatives from the Armed Forces at the Royal Palace in a very small reception.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the traditional celebration in the Outer Courtyard in the Royal Palace will not take place. Hundreds of people usually visit the Royal Palace each year to watch the Armed Forces performances, see children give the King flowers and sign the congratulations book. However, this year, these events will not take place. As such, the Royal Palace has set up an online form where people can wish the King a happy birthday. It can be accessed here. Those in the Diplomatic Corps should follow this link to congratulate the King.
King Carl XVI Gustaf has asked that people donate to charity instead of sending gifts for his birthday. He specifically requested that people make donations to Stockholm’s city missions, which are close to his heart. He hopes the money raised for his birthday will help the missions help more Swedes in need.
There are city missions in Eskilstuna, Gothenburg, Kalmar, Linköping, Skåne, Stockholm, Umeå, Uppsala, Västerås and Örebro. The Royal Palace said those wishing to donate can do so here.