King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden's loving moments

By Anna Redman

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden's loving moments


Right from the start their relationship was an exceptional one. Crown Prince Carl Gustaf met his future bride in the summer of 1972 at the Olympic Games in Munich. The pair "clicked" right away, according to the now-King, but Sofia, an interpreter who speaks six languages, had no royal blood, which made her an unsuitable choice in the eyes of then-King Gustaf VI Adolf.

But three years into Carl's reign in March 1976, the couple announced their engagement and tied the knot three months later. Silvia became the first queen to have a career, and 40 years later the pair is still going strong – happily supporting each other through duty, children, grandchildren and all problems big and small. Today, as the royal couple celebrate their milestone anniversary, we look back at some of their most loving moments.

Carl's grandfather believed royalty should always marry royalty and would have revoked his grandson's standing in the line of succession should the pair have married while he was still alive, particularly since Carl was destined to wear his grandfather's crown after his own father's untimely death in a plane crash in 1947.

Instead the pair waited until three years into Carl's reign and announced their engagement on March 12, 1976, before tying the knot just three months later on June 19, making theirs the first marriage of a reigning monarch since 1797 and Silvia the first Queen to have had a career.

40 years later they are still going strong – happily supporting each other through duty, children, grandchildren and all problems big and small. Today, as the royal couple celebrate their milestone anniversary, we look back at some of their most loving moments.

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