The King attends the King Gustaf V's 90th Birthday Fund Foundation's 70th anniversary celebrations

On Thursday 2 May, The King attended the King Gustaf V's 90th Birthday Fund Foundation's 70th anniversary celebrations. The anniversary was celebrated with a seminar in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

In 1948, when King Gustaf V turned 90, a fund was established to commemorate his birthday. In total, the fund raised two million kronor which was presented by the then Prime Minister Tage Erlander to King Gustaf V, who proclaimed:

"It would delight me if this fund, which the people of Sweden have chosen to establish this year, could contribute to the promotion of young people's voluntary activities, which have always been close to my heart."

Since then, the foundation has continued to provide grants to organisations that aim to support and develop voluntary youth operations by training leaders.

The 70th anniversary

The foundation is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, which was marked with a seminar in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The seminar was attended by representatives from the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, the Government's Democracy Committee, Save the Children, the National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations (LSU), Young Rheumatics and the Swedish Youth Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights.

Participants at the seminar.

Participants at the seminar. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the seminar, The King gave a speech in which he said:

"8 March 1949. I don't recall what exactly I did that day – after all, I wasn't even three years old then. But I was probably busy playing hide and seek or running around with my sisters out at Haga.

"My great-grandfather, King Gustaf V, however had an important meeting in his diary that day. That is when Prime Minister Tage Erlander came to Drottningholm Palace to present the sum of two million kronor which had been raised by the people of Sweden to mark the king's 90th birthday.

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"Seventy years have passed since that day. Now, new children play at Haga. As for me, I stand here today and note that the fund has clearly been administered with great success."

Pupils from the Junior Academy Music School provided musical entertainment.

Pupils from the Junior Academy Music School provided musical entertainment. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden