The Swedish Armed Forces will fire 21-gun salutes to mark Queen Silvia’s 77th Birthday on Wednesday, 23 December 2020.

Photo: Victor Ericsson, The Royal Court of Sweden

Silvia Sommerlath was born 23 December 1943 in Heidelberg in Germany.

She met Crown Prince Carl Gustaf whilst working as a hostess during the Munich Olympic Games between 1971 and 1973.

Three years after the Crown Prince ascended the Swedish throne as King Carl XVI Gustaf, they married in a lavish ceremony at Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan) on 19 June 1976.

They have three children: Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine and seven grandchildren, with an eighth on the way.

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