Sveriges Kungahus

The exhibition: '40 years on the throne — 40 years for Sweden'

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This year's main exhibition at the Royal Palace of Stockholm will open on 13 September, depicting King Carl XVI Gustaf's forty eventful years as King of Sweden and Head of State, in the palace's Hall of State and the magnificent Royal Apartments.

On 15 September 1973, at the age of just 27, the then Crown Prince Carl Gustaf ascended to the throne. He thereby became the world's youngest king, in one of the world's oldest monarchies. This year, King Carl XVI Gustaf has been Sweden´s Head of State for 40 years. This makes him only the second Swedish monarch since the Middle Ages to celebrate such a jubilee. Only King Gustaf V has reigned for longer (1907—1950).

Taking guidance from his motto, For Sweden — With the Times, The King has actively followed developments and events, both within Sweden and internationally, acting as an important link between the past, the present and the future.

In the Hall of State and the Royal Apartments — the setting for many of The King's official duties — unique objects and images from The King's forty years as Head of State have been brought together.

The exhibition will be open from 13 September 2013 to 2 February 2014.