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A jubilee year for the King of Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden marked his Golden Jubilee in 2023.

While the main celebration was in mid-September, Sweden marked their jubilee king all year long beginning with a new image of the King and jubilee logo released in January.

Photo: Thron Ullberg/Kungl Hovstaterna

The first official event for the jubilee year was the Sweden Dinner in January, followed by the beginning of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s county tours around Sweden. Their first stop was in Nyköping, Södermanland County, on 9th February; their final stop was on 7th September in Karlstad, Värmland County. 

The goal of the visits was to attend public events in each county and meet as many Swedish citizens as possible.

Photo: Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden

Different exhibitions were also on display throughout the year at various palaces, including the Royal Palace, Slottsbacken and Vasaborgen Gripsholm.

Not only did this year mark the Golden Jubilee of King Carl Gustaf, but it also marks the 500th anniversary of Sweden becoming the country it is today. National Day is held annually on 6 June, and it honours the election of King Gustav Vasa as King in 1623. As such, the country marked its 500th anniversary on National Day. The King and Queen began the festivities in Strängnäs and concluded them with the rest of the Royal Family in Stockholm. 

The usual National Day dinner at the Royal Palace was replaced with a dinner that was larger than usual to celebrate the Jubilee and 500th anniversary of Sweden, held at the Nordic Museum.

The largest celebrations for King Carl Gustaf and the Golden Jubilee came in September, when the King marked 50 years on the throne. Festivities occurred on 15 September (the day he took the throne) and 16 September in Stockholm.

Photo: Ingemar Lindewall/The Royal Court of Sweden

On 15 September, a Te Deum took place in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace; the King was also present at the Changing of the Guard and heard a Singer’s Tribute in the Outer Courtyard of the Royal Palace before a balcony appearance by the Royal Family. A gala dinner took place later in the evening in the palace. 

Royals and representatives from the Nordic countries were in attendance for the main jubilee events, including Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.

The following day saw Their Majesties travel through Stockholm in a car, carriage and via boat. That same day, the Royal Family were guests of honour at Norrbro when the city of Stockholm celebrated the jubilee.

It was truly a year of celebration in Sweden to honour their longest-reigning monarch.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.