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Carl XVI Gustaf Bernadotte Edit Profile

also known as Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus

King of Sweden

Carl XVI Gustaf Bernadotte, born in 1946, is The King of Sweden since September 15, 1973.


After graduating from high school, the Crown Prince completed two and a half years of education in the Royal Swedish Army, the Royal Swedish Navy, and the Royal Swedish Air Force. He received his commission as an officer in all three services in 1968, and he rose to the rank of captain (in the army and air force) and lieutenant (in the navy).

Crown Prince Carl Gustaf followed a broad program of studies on the court system, social organizations and institutions, trade unions, and employers' associations. In addition, he closely studied the affairs of the Parliament of Sweden, Government, and Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Crown Prince also spent time at the Swedish Mission to the United Nations and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), worked at a bank in London, at the Swedish Embassy in London, at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in France, and at the Alfa Laval Company factory in France.


The King is the Head of State, but he has no political power, and he has only representative and ceremonial duties according to the 1974 Instrument of Government . He pays State Visits abroad and receives those to Sweden, opens the Annual Session of the Parliament, chairs the Special Council held during a change of Government, holds regular Information Councils with the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, chairs the meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council, and receives Letters of Credence of foreign ambassadors to Sweden and signs those of Sweden to foreign nations.


The King can neither be a member of a political party, nor support openly one or another party


  • Other Interests

    The King is passionate about the environment, agriculture, art, hunting and cars. The King often participates in Scout activities both in Sweden and abroad.


1st child:
Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée - Sweden - crown princess
Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée - 1st child of Carl XVI Gustaf Bernadotte

2nd child:
Carl Philip Edmund Bertil - Sweden
Carl Philip Edmund Bertil - 2nd child of Carl XVI Gustaf Bernadotte

3rd child:
Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine - Sweden
Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine - 3rd child of Carl XVI Gustaf Bernadotte

Silvia Renate Sommerlath - Germany
Silvia Renate Sommerlath - wife of Carl XVI Gustaf Bernadotte

The wedding was held on 19 June 1976 at the Stockholm Cathedral