The King's 73rd birthday is celebrated at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Tuesday 30 April, The King was congratulated on his birthday – in keeping with tradition – by the Swedish Armed Forces and the public at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

During the morning of Walpurgis Night, a large crowd of Stockholmers and visitors gathers in the Outer Courtyard to congratulate The King on his 73rd birthday.

The King waits for the incoming Main Guard. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The changing of the guard in the Outer Courtyard at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The changing of the guard in the Outer Courtyard at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The ceremony began with the Navy Music Corps performing a musical programme for the well-wishers.

The King emerged from the West Gate and approached the Main Guard to receive it. The King then entered the Main Guard Wing, accompanied by Prince Carl Philip, for the Commandant-General's reception. During this time, the Army Music Corps performed a musical programme.

Mounted main guard soldiers from the Life Guards Squadron. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King's birthday is an official day on which salutes are fired, and a 21-gun salute was therefore fired from Skeppsholmen. Salutes were also fired from the salute stations at Kungshall in Karlskrona, Kusthöjden in Härnösand, Skansen Lejonet in Gothenburg and the salute battery at Kvarnängen in Boden.

The King and Prince Carl Philip during the celebrations in the Outer Courtyard.

The King and Prince Carl Philip during the celebrations in the Outer Courtyard. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

At 12:20, The King emerged from the Main Guard Wing while the incoming Main Guard from the Life Guards Squadron led by the Life Guard's Dragoon Music Corps rode into the Outer Courtyard.

The Commandant-General then led a round of four cheers for HM The King, which was followed by The King's Song.

The King received flowers from children who had attended the celebrations.

The King received flowers from children who had attended the celebrations. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Visiting children then had the opportunity to present flowers to The King. After the presentation of flowers, the three music corps jointly performed Marcia Carolus Rex.

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The outgoing Main Guard then marched out, and the ceremony came to an end.

The Life Guards' Dragoon Music Corps performs.

The Life Guards' Dragoon Music Corps performs. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

After the end of the ceremony, The King and Prince Carl Philip went back into the Royal Palace of Stockholm before being joined by the other attending members of the Royal Family to be congratulated by members of the public from a window in the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry.

The Royal Family at a window in the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry.

The Royal Family at a window in the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden