The King's birthday

On Sunday 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.

Princess Estelle, The Queen and The King. Photo:

Many people had gathered to congratulate The King on his 71st birthday. The music for the celebrations in the Outer Courtyard was provided by the Army Music Corps, the Life Guards' Dragoon Music Corps and the Navy Music Corps.

The King receives flowers from children. Photo:

The programme in the Outer Courtyard:

12:15 The Navy Music Corps marched in and performed a musical programme.

12:40 The Army Music Corps marched in.

12:45 The King exited from the West Gate and approached and received the Main Guard. The Army Music Corps played a parade march. The King then walked to the Main Guard Wing for the Commandant-General's reception.

12:48 The Army Music Corps performed a musical programme.

13:00 A twenty-one gun salute was fired from Skeppsholmen.

13:18 The King came out into the Outer Courtyard from the Main Guard Wing.

13:20 The incoming Main Guard rode in, following behind the Band of the Life Guards.

Children had the opportunity to present flowers to The King.

The Main Guard from the Life Guards. Photo:

The Navy Music Corps and the Army Music Corps. Photo: