King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden celebrates his 75th Birthday on Friday, 30 April 2021, at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

Photo: Sara Friberg, The Royal Court of Sweden

However, public celebrations, which are usually held in the Outer Courtyard at the Royal Palace, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

King Carl Gustaf received government officials, including the Speaker of the Riksdag, Prime Minister, and county governors at a reception in the Royal Palace in the morning.

The Swedish Armed Forces will fire the traditional salutes for King Carl Gustaf at 12:00 noon from Skeppsholmen in Stockholm, Kungshall in Karlskrona, Skansen Lejonet in Gothenburg, Kusthöjden in Härnösand and Kvarnängen in Boden.

Later that afternoon, King Carl Gustaf will receive representatives from the Swedish Armed Forces at the Royal Palace for a small-scale congratulatory call.

Birthday Greetings

Send your birthday or a congratulatory message to King Carl XVI Gustaf via the Royal Court of Sweden’s website – – and click on ‘Greetings of congratulations’ on the left, then the ‘To The Form’.

Or you can post your card or letter to:

In Swedish:

H.M. Konungen
Kungl. Slottet

In English:

His Majesty The King
The Royal Palace
Guards raise the Royal Standard above the Royal Palace on the King’s birthday. Photo: Sara Friberg, The Royal Court of Sweden

Donations to Sweden’s City Missions

King Carl Gustaf has requested well-wishers make donations to a charity close to his heart, Sweden’s City Missions (Sveriges stadsmissioner), rather than sending birthday presents.

Funds to Sweden’s City Missions will help provide emergency food and clothing for needy families, provide shelter for homeless people, and help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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