On April 30, the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, will be celebrating his 75th birthday. The monarch gave an interview to Värvet in podcast form. An interview where he evokes intimate things like the loss of one of his close friends, Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on April 9.
Carl Gustav of Sweden reveals that he had tried, by all means, to obtain a pass to visit Prince Philip, when he learned that his health was declining. “We had already made contact a year ago and we tried to have an opportunity to pass. We felt that age was taking its toll and I was afraid that would happen,” he told the presenter Kristoffer Triumf. When he learned of the death of his friend, the King of Sweden would have liked to go to his funeral if the health crisis had not prevented him. “It was a very moving and beautiful funeral. Different, of course. I just wanted to go to the funeral,” commented Victoria’s father, Carl Philip and Madeleine.
Carl Gustav of Sweden: “Prince Philip was a wonderful person”
The one who will soon be celebrating his birthday also remembered the first time he met the Duke of Edinburgh. He was 16 years old and had not yet ascended to the throne. He had traveled to England to meet the royal family. “I have met him several times since, but these are perhaps the first times that leave the most impressions,” recalls the King of Sweden. When he spoke of the husband of the Queen of England, Carl XVI Gustaf spoke of “a wonderful person. Warm and cordial, he always had a word for everyone. He was very joker and there was always a certain twist in it. whatever he said. “
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