HM The King's 75th birthday

HM The King is congratulated by the Swedish Armed Forces during a small-scale ceremony at the East Gate of the Royal Palace.

HM The King is congratulated by the Swedish Armed Forces during a small-scale ceremony at the East Gate of the Royal Palace. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

30 April 2021 was HM The King's 75th birthday. During the day, The King was congratulated by the Riksdag, the Government and the Swedish Armed Forces at the Royal Palace.

First Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag Åsa Lindestam and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented The King with a portrait medallion in plaster by artist Ernst Nordin. The medallion will hang in the Riksdag building alongside an earlier medallion of King Gustaf VI Adolf.

First Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag Åsa Lindestam and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented The King with a portrait medallion in plaster by artist Ernst Nordin. The medallion will hang in the Riksdag building alongside an earlier medallion of King Gustaf VI Adolf. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Reception at the Royal Palace

A small birthday reception was held at the Royal Palace in the morning. During the reception, The King received First Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag Åsa Lindestam and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The King was also congratulated by County Governor of Västmanland County Minoo Akhtarzand, who represented all Sweden's county governors. Chairman Anders Knape passed on congratulations on behalf of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The reception concluded with the Royal Court's senior manager, Marshal of the Realm Fredrik Wersäll, congratulating The King on his birthday on behalf of all those who work at the Royal Court.

The official gift from the Riksdag and the Government was a portrait medallion of The King which will hang in the Riksdag building.

Anders Knape, Chairman of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, congratulated The King on his birthday.

Anders Knape, Chairman of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, congratulated The King on his birthday. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Gun salute from Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.

Gun salute from Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. Photo: Carl-Olof Zimmerman/TT

Gun salutes across Sweden

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.

Congratulatory call from the Swedish Armed Forces

During the afternoon, The King also received representatives from the Swedish Armed Forces during a small-scale congratulatory call at the Royal Palace.

The Commandant-General of Stockholm, Lieutenant General Michael Claesson – the most senior representative of the Swedish Armed Forces – congratulated The King on behalf of the Armed Forces.

The Commandant-General of Stockholm, Lieutenant General Michael Claesson – the most senior representative of the Swedish Armed Forces – congratulated The King on behalf of the Armed Forces. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

The Swedish Vintage Aircraft Association flies Saab Safir aircraft over the Royal Palace.

The Swedish Vintage Aircraft Association flies Saab Safir aircraft over the Royal Palace. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Flyover

As a surprise, the Team 50 display team flew Saab Safir aircraft from the Swedish Vintage Aircraft Association over the Royal Palace after lunch.

The King saw the aircraft fly over the palace from Lejonbacken.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the public celebrations for The King's birthday were cancelled this year.

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.

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Gifts for The King

HM The King's wish for his birthday is that those who want to give a birthday gift should make a donation to the National Association for City Missions in Sweden, whose work is particularly close to The King's heart.

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