King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Pre-Wedding Gala

King  Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will celebrate their 41st Anniversary tomorrow. In honour of the event, we are flashing back to an event that happened on this day 41 years ago, their pre-wedding gala. On the evening of June 18th, the happy couple and their guests attended a gala performance at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, which was followed by a dinner and dance for 200 guests at Drottningholm Palace. Take a look below at scenes from that evening-

One of the notable highlights from the evening was the world premiere of Swedish band ABBA’s famous song “Dancing Queen”.

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The evening was also notable for soon-to-be Queen Silvia’s first tiara appearance. The bride wore the Connaught Tiara, a favourite of her late mother-in-law.

There was a plethora of foreign royal guests at the gala, including the Duke and Duchess (in her Necklace Tiara) of Gloucester, Crown Prince Harald and Crown Princess Sonja (in the Norwegian Emerald Parure) of Norway, and Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte (in the Grand Duchess Adélaïde Tiara) of Luxembourg. The King’s sisters: Princess Margretha (wearing the 9-Prong Tiara and Queen Josefina’s Amethyst Necklace), Princess Brigitta (wearing the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure), Princess Desiree (wearing the Baden Fringe Tiara), and Princess Christina (wearing the Four Button Tiara) were also present, as was soon-to-be Princess Lilian (wearing her Laurel Wreath Tiara) and Countess Marianne Bernadotte (in her Pearl and Diamond Tiara).

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