King Carl XVI Gustaf Biography

King Carl XVI Gustaf Biography
King Carl XVI Gustaf 

Carl XVI Gustaf (Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, born in Stockholm, 30 April 1946 age 66 years) title of His Majesty the King is the King of Sweden at this time. He was the only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf (1906-1947) and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1908-1972). He ascended the throne on 15 September 1973 after his grandfather, Gustaf VI Adolf died.

During Youth and Education

Carl Gustaf is the youngest of five brothers and the only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla. His father's death in a plane crash outside Copenhagen, Denmark on January 26, 1947 Carl Gustaf left a 9-month-old second in line heir to the throne, behind kakendanya, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf. When the great-grandfather King Gustaf V died in 1950, Carl Gustaf became 4-year-old heir to the throne of Sweden.

In a speech in 2005, Carl Gustaf shows his feelings about his father's growing without tau. His sister Princess Birgitta describe that feeling in an interview at the same time, commented that his mother and the Swedish royal court a hard time not considering the emotional needs of Prince Gustaf as a child. At that time, he said, the tragedy was never discussed with the children.

As a result, the Carl Gustaf was only told about the death of his father when he was 7 years old. "That's how mothers deal with the situation, deal with the situation. Of course it's not good for us as children. It is much talk about demise father," said the Princess Birgitta. He said it was difficult for a future king to try to cope without a father and did not have the same memory as her oldest daughter.
After graduating from high school, Carl Gustaf completed 2.5 years of education in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

He completed his examination as a deck officer in 1968. He also completed academic studies in history, sociology, political science, finance and economics rights at the University of Uppsala and Stockholm.

To prepare for his role as head of state, Carl Gustaf followed a study abroad program in the court system, social organizations and institutions, trade unions, and unionization. In addition, he also studied the parliament, government, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Carl Gustaf also spent time at the Swedish Mission to the UN and the Swedish International Development Agency, working in a bank in London, Embassy of Sweden, Sweden Swedish Trade Council in France, and the Alfa Laval company factory in France.

Marriage and family

The king married Silvia Sommerlath on June 19, 1976, the son of a bloody half-German businessman and Brazil. Silvia met with Prince Carl Gustaf at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, where he is an interpreter and host. King and Queen live at Drottningholm Palace outside Stockholm, and use the Royal Palace of Stockholm as their workplace.
They have three children:

Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria, Crown Princess Sweden, Duke of Västergötland (1977 -)
His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland (1979 -)
Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine, Duke of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (1982 -)

Prince Carl Philip was born a crown prince. But the constitutional reform that has been done at the time of his birth made kakandanya, Crown Princess Victoria as at January 1, 1980, according to the principle of birthright.

Royal duties and private interests

Under the constitution, the king's duties are representative and ceremonial. He paid a state visit abroad and receiving guests to Sweden, opened the annual session of Parliament, Chairman of the Special Council held during the change of government, the Council holds regular information to the minister, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting, and received and signed a letter of credence of foreign ambassador in Sweden - and also signed a letter of credence to Ambassador to Sweden for other countries. Raja holds the highest level in three branches of the Swedish Armed Forces.
The King passionate about environmental issues, technology, agriculture, commerce, and industry. In 1994, he was very proud of Sweden by saying, in response to the selection of baby seal in neighboring Norway, the prime minister who can not take care of baby seal can not be very good at taking care of the country.

Norway's response is to comment on the main interest of the deer hunt. For his initiative, an international symposium on the environment are held regularly. He was the protector of the Royal Swedish Academy, and was active in forwarding some of them.

It is also the Honorary Chairman of World Scout Foundation, and often participate in scouting activities in Sweden and abroad. He attended the National Jamboree in Virginia, the United States in 1981 and was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only medal the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services in the scouting world, in 1982.

Perhaps, in the entire world, Carl XVI Gustaf known as the presenter of the Nobel Prize every year. He also confers Polar Music Prize. This year Carl XVI Gustaf visited Indonesia in West Java Jamboree.
Like most of the royal family of the king also had a keen interest in the automotive, and re-covered in the news because of reckless driving. For example, in the spring of 2005 when he caused an accident in Norrköping. However, because of Instrument of Government, he could be prosecuted for speeding, drunk driving, or other crimes.

Sometimes a woman's interest in media attention. On July 14, 2005 under King put tanggannya singer Helena Paparizou back to normal according to Western culture. It happened in his daughter's birthday. According to the royal court was accidentally dropped his hand.


For several years, there were rumors that the king was suffering from dyslexia. The reporter noted that he misspelled his name when signing a document penaikannya, and in 1973, while visiting a copper mine in Falun, he misspelled his name as signed in the stone wall. In an interview with a Swedish TV in 1997, however, the situation has been recognized as queen openly say the problem was. "When kakanda was a kid, people do not pay attention to that problem," he said. "Kakanda not get the help they need." He also said that their children have a "bit" dyslexic himself.

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