The death of Sweden's much-loved King Gustaf Adolf in Stockholm on Saturday night (15 September) has placed his 27-year-old grandson, the former Crown Prince Carl Gustaf, on the Swedish throne.
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Background: The death of Sweden's much-loved King Gustaf Adolf in Stockholm on Saturday night (15 September) has placed his 27-year-old grandson, the former Crown Prince Carl Gustaf, on the Swedish throne.
King Gustaf Adolf, Europe's oldest monarch, died after a month-long fight for life, following a major operation. He was ninety years old.
The handsome, sport-loving Carl Gustaf automatically became King Sweden without formal proclamation. Before his grandfather is buried in Stockholm on Wednesday week (26 September), the new King will have carried out his first duties. On Wednesday (19 September), he formally read out notification of his grandfather's death and will take his own pledge of service at the Royal Palace. He will also preside over a Cabinet meeting.
There will be no coronation. The late King Gustaf Adolf, at his formal accession to the throne in 1950, simply had the crown placed on a table nearby.
One of the new King's first official duties as head of state will be co designate the man to form a new government in Sweden after Sunday's (16 September) general elections. It will probably mark the last occasion when the king plays such a direct role in the political processes of Sweden. Under a new constitution coming into effect on January 1, 1975, the Swedish monarchy will be finally shorn of political power and become instead a symbol and figurehead.
The youngest of five children -- the rest of whom are girls -- the new King has served with the armed forces, worked in under-developed countries and studied constitutional law. He is not married.