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That same year, at the age of 27, the Crown Prince became King Carl XVI Gustaf.
His motto is ‘For Sweden – with the times.’ In 1972, the then Crown Prince Carl Gustaf met his German–Brazilian future wife, Silvia Sommerlath, who was born in 1943 in Germany.
Already before Victoria was born in 1977, there were discussions about changing the Succession Act and make it gender-neutral.
The change eventually took place three years after her birth but was made retroactive, which immediately changed Victoria’s title from Princess to Crown Princess. Eighteen months later they had their first child, a baby princess.
Ambitious and with charm to spare, Crown Princess Victoria seems more than ready for the task.In 1950, Carl Gustaf became Crown Prince of Sweden when his great-grandfather Gustaf V died and was succeeded by the then 68-year-old Gustaf VI Adolf, the Crown Prince’s grandfather.After serving as monarch for 23 years, Gustaf Adolf passed away in 1973.On that date in 1976, Sweden’s current King Carl XVI Gustaf married Queen Silvia.
King Carl XVI Gustaf is the seventh monarch of the House of Bernadotte.Prince Carl Philip, the second oldest of the three siblings, is fourth in line of succession to the Swedish throne after Crown Princess Victoria, her daughter Princess Estelle and her son Prince Oscar. The couple had their second child, Prince Gabriel Carl Walther on 31 August 2017.