King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Birthdays

Happy Birthday to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, who turns 75 today! While we have covered a plethora of important Swedish Royal Events, we have been waiting for today to feature all of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s splendid Birthday Celebrations over the years, a good time to revisit the splendid events given the cancelled celebrations that would have been happening today!

40th Birthday

King Carl XVI Gustaf’s first major Birthday Celebration was for his 40th Birthday in 1986, the highlight of which was a big Gala Dinner at Drottningholm Palace, which was attended by Royalty from around Europe, including King Olav V of Norway and former Queen Juliana of The Netherlands (who shared a birthday with King Carl Gustaf) – both godparents of the King, King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of the Belgians, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, Crown Prince Harald and Crown Princess Sonja  of Norway,  Hereditary Prince Hans Adam and Hereditary Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, Hereditary Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria among Royal Guests and Relatives from around Europe.

50th Birthday

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King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 50th Birthday celebrations in 1996 were the first of the major celebrations, beginning with a Gala Performance at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, following which the Swedish Royal Family and the Royal Guests from around the world walked through the streets of Stockholm back to the Royal Palace.

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The following day, there was a Changing of the Guard Ceremony in the courtyard of the Royal Palace of Stockholm, a Te Deum Service at the Palace Chapel, a Balcony Appearance, and, following a carriage ride through the streets of Stockholm, a Lunch at Stockholm City Hall.

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In the evening, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia (wearing the Connaught Diamond Tiara) hosted a Banquet in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, which was also attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Margrethe II (in the Floral Aigrette Tiara), Prince Henrik and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands (in the Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara) and the Prince of Orange, King Albert, Queen Paola (wearing Queen Elisabeth’s Diamond Bandeau), and Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium, King Harald, Queen Sonja (in the Emerald Parure Tiara), and Princess Martha Louise  of Norway (wearing King Olav’s Gift Tiara), Queen Sofia (in the Mellerio Shell Tiara), the Prince of Asturias, Infanta Elena (wearing the Marichalar Tiara) and Infanta Cristina of Spain (in the Floral Tiara), King Constantine, Queen Anne Marie (in the Emerald Parure Tiara), Crown Prince Pavlos, and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece (wearing the Antique Corsage Tiara), Grand Duke Jean, Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte (in the Belgian Scroll Tiara), Hereditary Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg (in the Grand Duchess Adélaïde Tiara), Hereditary Prince Albert and Princess Caroline of Monaco (in her Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara and Diamond Fringe Necklace), King Michael and Crown Princess Margretha of Romania (wearing the Romanian Greek Key Tiara), Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia (in her Diamond Chain-Link Suite), the Duke and Duchess in Bavaria (wearing the Bavarian Pearl and Diamond Floral Tiara), Princess Benedikte of Denmark (wearing the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara), the Duchess of Marlborough (wearing the Marlborough Tiara), Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria, Lord and Lady Romsey (wearing the Mountbatten Pearl Star Tiara), among a host of Royal and Noble guests.

60th Birthday

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Celebrations for King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 60th Birthday celebrations in 2006 began with a Gala Dinner hosted by the King and Queen at Drottningholm Palace, which was attended by King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette Marit and Princess Astrid of Norway, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, Prince Henrik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, the Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima of The Netherlands, King Constantine, Queen Anne Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos, and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Tsar Simeon and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria, Crown Princess Margretha and Prince Radu of Romania, Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan, and the Duke and Duchess of Braganza.

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The following day, the Swedish Royal Family was joined by all the Royal Guests for a Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, a Te Deum Service at the Palace Chapel, a balcony appearance, and, following a carriage ride through the streets of Stockholm, a Lunch at Stockholm City Hall.

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In the evening, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia (wearing the Braganza Tiara) hosted a Banquet at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, which was attended by many royal guests and relatives from around Europe, including King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway (in the Emerald Parure Tiara), Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands (wearing Queen Emma’s Diamond Tiara), King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium (in Queen Elisabeth’s Diamond Bandeau), Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg (wearing the Chaumet Pearl and Diamond Choker Tiara), Prince Henrik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in the (wearing her Wedding Tiara and Aquamarine Suite), the Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima of The Netherlands (in the Mellerio Ruby Tiara), Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium (in the Laurel Wreath Tiara), King Constantine, Queen Anne Marie (in the Emerald Parure Tiara), Crown Prince Pavlos, and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece (in the Miller Fringe Tiara), Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette Marit (wearing the Diamond Daisy Bandeau) and Princess Astrid of Norway (wearing the Vasa Tiara), Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Maha Chakri of Thailand, Tsar Simeon and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria, Crown Princess Margretha (in the Romanian Greek Key Tiara) and Prince Radu of Romania, Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan (in her Floral Tiara), and the Duke and Duchess of Braganza (wearing Queen Amélie’s Choker Tiara).

70th Birthday

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King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th Birthday in 2016 was one of the first big royal events we covered on the Royal Watcher, and included a Concert at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, a Te Deum Service and Armed Forces celebration at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and, following a carriage ride through the streets of Stockholm, a Lunch at Stockholm City Hall.

In the evening, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia (in the Connaught Diamond Tiara) hosted a Banquet in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, which was also attended by Queen Margrethe II (wearing the Baden Palmette Tiara), Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary (in the Ole Lynggaard Hairpiece), and Princess Benedikte of Denmark (in Queen Sophia’s Star and Pearl Tiara), Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands (wearing the Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara), King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (in the Wolfers Necklace Tiara), Prince Albert II of Monaco, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein (wearing the Hapsburg Fringe Tiara), Princess Martha Louise of Norway (in King Olav’s Gift Tiara) and Ari Behn, Princess Takamado of Japan (wearing her Laurel Tiara), Tsar Simeon and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria, Crown Princess Margretha (in the Romanian Greek Key Tiara) and Prince Radu of Romania, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia (wearing her Tiara), the Duke and Duchess in Bavaria (in the Douglas Floral Tiara), the Hereditary Prince and Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (wearing the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Turquoise Tiara), Prince Leopold, Princess Ursula, Prince Manuel and Princess Anna of Bavaria (wearing a Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Tiara), among a host of Royal and Noble guests. More HERE.

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2 thoughts on “King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Birthdays

    1. I really hope so too! What I find intriguing is how they don’t really have a set pattern for the celebrations, which makes things really interesting for us!

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