Sweden's royal family celebrate King Carl Gustaf's 70th birthday

Sweden's royal family appeared on the Royal Palace's balcony on Saturday (Apr. 30) to celebrate the 70th birthday of its patriarch King Carl XVI Gustaf. The tight knit family were dressed to the nines as they waved at crowds who had gathered to join in the celebrations.

Prince Carl Philip's wife Princess Sofia made her first public appearance since the birth of their son Prince Alexander on Apr. 19. Dressed in a stunning long white coat with her hair in a stylish bun decorated with flowers, the new mom looked happy and well rested as she attended the choral tribute and cortege with the rest of the royal family before leaving festivities early to be with her newborn son.


The royal family smiled as they waved to the crowd.

The king's birthday marked the balcony debut of the Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's second child, Prince Oscar. The baby, who was born in March, was dressed in a pointed grey hood and white sleeper suit as he slept in his mother's arms.

Princess Victoria's four year old daughter, Princess Estelle, stole the show while waving enthusiastically to the crowds in a pale blue coat and white tights.

The festivities were also attended by Princess Madeleine and her husband, Christopher O'Neill. The princess, who looked stunning in a pale pink coat and black and white fascinator, posted a sweet tribute to her father on Facebook before the celebrations. Sharing two throwback photos of them together when she was a toddler, she wrote: "Happy Birthday Pappa! I can't believe you turned 70 today, you have more energy than all of us! Love you."

The celebrations took place on Saturday.

Sweden has gone to great lengths to celebrate His Majesty's birthday, with festivities beginning this morning with a thanksgiving service, followed by a military parade and gun salutes before the king waved to his people from a horse-drawn carriage on a ride through Stockholm. The king then arrived at Stockholm City Hall for a lunch, where he was greeted by a choir singing All You Need is Love by The Beatles.

The festivities will continue later on Saturday evening as the king and his guests, including King Carlos of Spain and Norwegian royalsKing Harald V andQueen Sonja, will enjoy a reception at the royal palace followed by a lavish banquet.

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