As is tradition, King Carl XVI Gustaf’s birthday was celebrated yesterday morning and afternoon in the Outer Courtyard of Stockholm Palace. The event began at 11:15 with many gathering to hear the Swedish Royal Navy and Army’s band performing a music programme highlighting the sounds of the band Swedish House Mafia – including the famous tune “Don’t You Worry Child.”The 72-year-old King and his son, Prince Carl Philip entered the courtyard that morning and marched around the military and assembled people before heading into Stockholm Palace to watch the Army and Navy’s performance from the Palace window. Also at Stockholm Palace for the celebrations were Queen Silvia, Princess Sofia (wife of Prince Carl Philip) and Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel with their two children: Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. Missing from the celebration was Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s two sons – Princes Alexander and Gabriel – and Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill with their three children: Princesses Leonore and Adrienne and Prince Nicolas.
Princess Estelle, 6, was seen dancing in the window and playing with her two-year-old brother. The future Queen of Sweden was also seen waving to the crowds down below and encouraging her brother to do the same.
The music momentarily paused at noon for the 21-gun salute that was fired from Skeppsholmen. Later, the King and Prince Carl Philip returned to the Outer Courtyard where they reviewed the troops and, as per tradition, the children gathered brought His Majesty flowers, drawings and other gifts in celebration. The King and Prince then returned to the window with their family to wave at the crowds before the festivities concluded.
King Carl XVI Gustaf became the longest reigning Swedish monarch on 26 April surpassing 13th century King Magnus Eriksson. Carl Gustaf has reigned for 44 years and 228 days as of today.