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Old 05-02-2015, 08:01 AM
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Very nice pictures, thanks for posting the link, they seem like a close-knit family
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I think he looks exactly his age. On the second point, CG never comes across as cheerful to me. He doesn't often smile in public and, when he does, it rarely looks natural or spontaneous.
I have noticed that too, there's something a bit "cold" about Carl Gustaf IMO.
I've seen a photo with him and Estelle on the balcony during the birthday celebrations, and he is smiling there a little but I agree with you, it didn't look completely natural.

Even though these ones have only just finished, I'm looking forward to the celebrations next year as he would've hit one of the "big" ages (70). I wonder if it will be a large celebration, with other European royals as well as Swedish royals attending. I can imagine that the other Scandinavian royals will be present.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:15 PM
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it's too bad he doesn't laugh a lot, he has a great smile, spitting image of P.Victoria's (seen a childhood picture once, reminded me soooo much of her...)
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Old 05-03-2015, 04:50 PM
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Very nice pictures, thanks for posting the link, they seem like a close-knit family
This is really lovely picture
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Leonore definitely likes her auntie!
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:21 PM
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Judging from the photos it is pretty obvious to me that Leonore is comfortable around Sofia Hellqvist. And even though some children are more trustworthy than other, Sofia cannot be a complete stranger to Leonore.

Let's have a look at the guards uniforms, one of my favorite topics.
http://www.kungahuset.se/images/200....gahuset.se.JPG
The cavalry seen here are dragoons, easily recognizable by their helmet with the white svejf on top.
The carbine on their backs. (Dragoons were initially mounted infantry before evolving into general purpose cavalry. The carbine BTW is a Swedish Mauser 6.5 mm) And not least by the pallask, the straight single edged sword, rather than the sabre of lighter cavalry.
Notice also that the horses are in the same color, for quick identification from a distance on the battlefield.
Notice also the signalmen at the left upper corner riding white horses and wearing very distinct uniforms, so that the commanding officer could quickly locate his signalman in the confusion of battle. The signalmen are trumpeters, not buglers or hornblowers.
Being dragoons armed with pallasks, the unit strength is counted as X swords (in this case 30 swords), rather than X sabres as for hussars or light dragoons or X lances for lancers.
The Swedish guards consists of four different units: The dragoons described here, grenadiers, guards infantry (notice the soldier in the black uniform standing in front of the sentry box armed with a rifle) and late 1600's cuirassiers. More on that in a later post if there is any interest.

The two field pieces seen to the far left are pretty modern artillery. My guess would say no earlier that 1880.
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