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Charles XVI Gustavus (Carl Gustaf), 1946–, king of Sweden (1973–), grandson and successor of Gustavus VI; son of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Brought up by his grandfather and mother after the death of his father in 1947, he attended a Swedish boarding school, served in the armed forces, and studied for a year at Uppsala Univ. A new constitution, passed shortly before his grandfather's death and effective in 1975, made the king a ceremonial figurehead, divesting him of traditional status as supreme commander of the armed forces and of the right to formally nominate new premiers and to open the Swedish parliament. In 1976 he married a German interpreter, Silvia Sommerlath.
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Carl XVI Gustaf


Born Apr. 30, 1946, at the Haga Castle, near Stockholm. King of Sweden since September 1973. Member of the Bernadotte dynasty.

The grandson of King Gustavus VI Adolphus, Carl Gustaf is related to the royal houses of Denmark, Norway, and other Western European monarchies. He became crown prince in 1947. After serving in the military from 1966 to 1969, Carl Gustaf attended the University of Uppsala.

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King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden welcomed the ambassador, hailing relations between the two kingdoms and wishing him success and good luck in carrying out his mission.
Following her speech, Queen Silvia of Sweden, who established the GCF with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, said many children might be better off today than before, but at the same time more children are victims of violence and conflict.
Jeddah, Rajab 3, 1432, Jun 5, 2011, SPA -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a cable of congratulations to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on the anniversary of his country's National Day.
AaAa "Environment and its preservation is at the heart of the attention and care of both His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Their majesties invited, during their meeting in Muscat on Saturday, January 16, 2010, the members of the World Scout Movement to play a vital role through scouting activities to help promote global awareness and the establishment of a culture of positive behaviour between young men and women in order to protect and preserve the environment and ensure sustainable development.
The secrecy has led to wild rumours concerning the two daughters of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden; Crown Princess Victoria, the 32-year-old heir to the throne, and her younger sister 27-year-old Princess Madeleine, are both engaged.
The King sent another cable to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, congratulating him on his country's national day, wishing him continued good health and his people further progress and prosperity.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden received the credentials of Qatar's ambassador to Sweden Hamad bin Mohamed al-Khalifa in Stockholm yesterday.
HRH the Crown Prince also sent a similar cable of congratulation to HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on his country's National Day, wishing him continuous good health and happiness and the friendly Swedish people further progress and prosperity
1 (Petra)--Jordan's Ambassador in Berlin Mazen Al Tal presented his credentials to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden as non-resident ambassador of Jordan to Sweden.