Sweden's king celebrates 40 years on the throne with a dance party
Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf of Sweden lead the dance in the palace courtyard as everybody is invited to join in the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the King's accession to the throne in 1973 in Stockholm, Sept. 15, 2013. (Scanpix Sweden, Fredrik Sandberg)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, September 15, 2013 9:42AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, September 15, 2013 4:28PM EDT
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is celebrating 40 years on the throne by throwing a dance party in the Stockholm Palace courtyard.
The royal palace celebrated the king's 40th anniversary Sunday by holding a service in the palace church, attended by the heads of state from neighbouring Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. On Saturday, there was a dinner and a jubilee concert.
Later Sunday the mayor of Stockholm, Sten Nordin, will toast the king, and there will be a party for the public, featuring dance rhythms such as salsa, waltz, lindy hop and foxtrot.
In a Swedish radio interview, the 67-year-old monarch indicated he will stay on the throne for as long as he remains healthy and said his job is now "more exciting than ever."