Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Gustav toasts 40 years on throne

Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden dance in the palace courtyard in Stockholm (AP)

King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden is celebrating 40 years on the throne by throwing a dance party in the Stockholm Palace courtyard.

The royal palace celebrated the king's 40th anniversary by holding a service in the palace church, attended by the heads of state from neighbouring Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. on Saturday night there was a dinner and a jubilee concert.

Later the mayor of Stockholm, Sten Nordin, will toast the king, and there will be a party for the public, featuring dance rhythms such as salsa, waltz, lindy hop and foxtrot.

In a Swedish radio interview, the 67-year-old monarch indicated he will stay on the throne for as long as he remains healthy and said his job is now "more exciting than ever".

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