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The Royal Year in Review

King Carl Gustaf’s important 2023 jubilee tours

2023 was the year of King Carl XVI Gustaf and his people.

The King of Sweden travelled across his country throughout the year to visit the Swedish people, with the King and Queen travelling to each of Sweden’s 21 counties from February to September.

Their first stop was in Nyköping, Södermanland County, on 9 February; their final stop was on 7 September in Karlstad, Värmland County.

Photo: Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden

The goal of the visits was to attend public events in each county and meet as many Swedish citizens as possible, and Their Majesties achieved their mission.

Rain or snow, Their Majesties were out with the people to learn more about where they live and those who make up modern Sweden.

During one of his many trips, King Carl Gustaf addressed the future: “Because this is how I imagine the future: Together we take care of the commons, of our nature and our cultural heritage. Old fortresses as well as forests, lakes and wetlands. We remember, we preserve – and pass on to children and grandchildren.

“As Sweden’s king, it is my task to both remind of where we come from, and encourage all the good progress, and all the sacrificial work that has been done for our current society.”

Photo: Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden

The jubilee tour ended just a week before the Golden Jubilee celebrations in Stockholm, where Sweden and its Nordic allies honoured a remarkable 50-year reign.

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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.