The Swedish monarchy is one of the oldest in the world. Sweden has had a monarch for more than a thousand years.
King Carl XVI Gustaf is the seventh King in the Bernadotte dynasty on the Swedish throne. He succeeded his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf on September 15, 1973.
The official accession to the throne took place on September 19, 1973 in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
The 40 year anniversary of The King's accession to the throne was celebrated on September 15, 2013.
Find out more about Sweden's monarchy and The King's duties as Head of State on the following pages. You can read about state visits, the royal tour of the country as well as visits to municipalities.
You can also learn more about regal symbols as well as orders, medals and funds.