The King unveils a portrait
The King unveils his birthday present from the Royal Order of His Majesty The King. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Monday 22 April, the Royal Order of His Majesty The King presented The King with a birthday present in the form of a portrait.
The portrait was presented by Clerk to the Office of the Order Ingemar Eliasson to The King, who unveiled the painting himself. The portrait was a gift to The King to mark his 65th birthday, two years ago. The portrait was painted by artist Olle Hamngren. The King was portrayed wearing the chains of all the Swedish orders: the Order of the Seraphim, the Order of the Sword, the Order of the Polar Star and the Order of Vasa. The King is the Grand Master of the four royal knightly orders.
King Carl XVI Gustaf. Artist: Olle Hamngren. Photo: royalcourt.se. The photo has been cropped.
In the portrait, The King also wears the Cross of the Grand Commander of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog, representing the close Nordic bonds of kinship and friendship. On a table next to The King are the original statutes of the three oldest orders, dating from 1748.
The gift was presented in connection with this year's regular Chapter of the Royal Order. The artist, Olle Hamngren, attended the ceremony.
Find out more about orders and the Royal Order of His Majesty The King here.
The King's image appears on everything from coins and stamps to paintings and photographs. Such portraits of the monarch have long been an important part of our shared imagery.