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

The King receives flowers from a young girl during his birthday celebrations in the Outer Courtyard. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The King and Queen during the celebrations for The King's 68th birthday. Toni Sica/Stella Pictures

The King receives flowers from the children. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

The King and Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

On Wednesday 30 April, The King's birthday was celebrated according to tradition with a national flag day, a gun salute from Skeppsholmen and performances in the Outer Courtyard.

A couple of thousand people had gathered to congratulate The King on his 68th birthday. The music for the celebrations in the Outer Courtyard was provided by the Navy's Music Corps, the Armed Forces Music Corps and the Life Guards' Dragoon Music Corps.

The Queen, The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Estelle watched the celebrations from one of the palace balconies. Prince Carl Philip joined The King in the Outer Courtyard during the celebrations. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The Queen, The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Estelle watched the celebrations from one of the palace balconies. Prince Carl Philip joined The King in the Outer Courtyard during the celebrations. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Lists were available in the Hall of State for those who wanted to pass on their birthday wishes to The King.

Messages of congratulations to The King could also be left via the Royal Court's Facebook pageexternal link, opens in new window.

The King's birthday is celebrated in the Outer Courtyard. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King's birthday is celebrated in the Outer Courtyard. Photo: royalcourt.se

The programme in the Outer Courtyard

11:15

The Swedish Navy's Music Corps marched in and performed a programme.

11:40

Entry of the Armed Forces Music Corps and the Navy's Music Corps.

11:45

The King came through the West Gate, and approached and received the Main Guard. The Armed Forces Music Corps played a parade march. The King then proceeded to the Commandant-General's reception in the Main Guard Wing.

11:48-12:15

The Armed Forces Music Corps performed a musical programme.

12:00

A twenty-one gun salute was fired from Skeppsholmen.

12:20

The King came out into the Outer Courtyard from the Main Guard Wing.

12:23-12:40

The incoming Main Guard rode in, following behind the Life Guards' Dragoon Music Corps. Children presented flowers to The King. The general public had the opportunity to congratulate The King, who stood at the window of the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry.

After the celebrations in the Outer Courtyard, the magazine Medi@Boom interviewed The King. The King then gave the editorial team a tour of the Bernadotte Library.

The King with the editorial team from Medi@Boom: Gert-Åke Johansson, Lis-Marie Pettersson, Frida Gånedahl, Tim Olsson, Laila DeBie, Monika Malm, Jeanette Pettersson, Anna Sjöström and Hanna Nyström. They presented a gift of a collage that the whole of the editorial team had worked on. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King with the editorial team from Medi@Boom: Gert-Åke Johansson, Lis-Marie Pettersson, Frida Gånedahl, Tim Olsson, Laila DeBie, Monika Malm, Jeanette Pettersson, Anna Sjöström and Hanna Nyström. They presented a gift of a collage that the whole of the editorial team had worked on. Photo: royalcourt.se

A greeting from the Lund Student Singers to The King on his birthday.