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King of Sweden shares secret to happy marriage

The King of Sweden has shared the secret to a happy marriage.

King Carl XVI Gustaf revealed his best (and surprising) relationship advice in the documentary movie “The King,” which will premiere in theatres on 24 February.

His Majesty said the secret to his happy 47-year marriage to Queen Silvia is – separate bathrooms.

In the film, Karin af Klintberg asks the monarch for personal marriage advice, to which he responded: “Separate bathrooms.”

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia live in Drottningholm Palace, their private residence near Stockholm.

Klintberg shared her thoughts on the King’s advice when speaking Dagens Nyheter, saying the monarch gave a very practical answer.

She said: “He gave a correct answer, and I think it’s a pretty good relationship tip, i.e. to keep the private spheres, not to fumble and cut the nails in front of each other, although, of course, it’s impossible for many. I also thought I was asking another, perhaps more psychological, question, but the King seems very practical about things and about language!”

The movie was filmed in connection with the Golden Jubilee year for King Carl Gustaf, who will celebrate his milestone on 15 September. Celebrations for the Golden Jubilee are taking place throughout 2023.

The King and Queen Silvia married on 19 June 1976 in Stockholm Cathedral after meeting at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympic Games.

It was the first wedding for a reigning monarch since 1797.

The couple have three children: Crown Princess Victoria (b. 1977), Prince Carl Philip (b. 1979) and Princess Madeleine (b. 1982). Through their children, they also have eight grandchildren: Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar from Crown Princess Victoria’s marriage to Prince Daniel; Prince Alexander, Prince Gabriel and Prince Julian from Prince Carl Philip’s marriage to Princess Sofia; and Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas and Princess Adrienne from Princess Madeleine’s marriage to Chris O’Neill.

About author

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.