HM The King's 74th birthday

This year, The King celebrated his birthday at Stenhammar in Sörmland.

This year, The King celebrated his birthday at Stenhammar in Sörmland. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

30 April was The King's 74th birthday. The King and The Queen celebrated his birthday in private at Stenhammar Palace in Södermanland.

The Swedish Armed Forces' traditional celebrations for The King's birthday in the Outer Courtyard of the Royal Palace were cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Commandant-General of Stockholm, Admiral Jan Thörnqvist, sent The King a digital greeting from the Swedish Armed Forces during the morning. A guard of honour from the Life Guards Squadron cheered for The King from the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace. Under the direction of Musical Director Andreas Hanson, members of the Army Music Corps also performed The King's Song followed by Marcia Carolus Rex, which is always played on The King's birthday.

An officer's salute was fired at Kungshall in Karlskrona by officers from the Naval Base's Base Defence Company.

An officer's salute was fired at Kungshall in Karlskrona by officers from the Naval Base's Base Defence Company. Photo: Joakim Nordstrand/The Swedish Armed Forces

Salutes fired from Karlskrona in the south to Boden in the north

As well as being a national flag day, The King's birthday is also an official day on which salutes are fired by the Swedish Armed Forces.

Twenty-one gun salutes were therefore fired at 12:00 from the salute stations at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm, Kungshall in Karlskrona, Skansen Lejonet in Gothenburg and Kusthöjden in Härnösand, and from a mobile saluting battery at Kvarnängen in Boden.

Since mid-March, The King and Queen have been living at Stenhammar.

Since mid-March, The King and Queen have been living at Stenhammar. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Flen World Orchestra performs a tribute to The King

During the afternoon, The Queen arranged for Flen World Orchestra to come and sing for The King as a birthday surprise.

Congratulating The King on his birthday

This year, the public will be unable to congratulate The King on his birthday using the lists for signing which are normally available at the Royal Palace.