A newly recorded interview with the King ahead of his 75th birthday was published today in the interview podcast Värvet with Kristoffer Triumf.
The King talks about topics that are close to his heart, including the Swedish forest. The king also talks about his mission, his thoughts on the pandemic and its consequences and why he sees a bright future.
The interview was recorded in Princess Sibylla's apartment at the Royal Palace the week before the King's birthday.
Kungen intervjuad i Värvet - Sveriges Kungahus
Carl XVI Gustaf _ Värvet on Acast
Who: Carl XVI Gustaf
: The King's relationship to Prince Philip, what it was like to work during the pandemic, what the King does to relax, truffles, to philosophize in the woods, the spruce bark beetle, not to choose his job, what the King prefers to do on holiday and of course a lot about what the best thing about the moon is.
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Kristoffer Triumf visited "Nyhetsmorgon" on TV4 on Monday morning to tell about the interview.
- Some guests are easy to book, others are trickier. We have been trying to get the king as a guest since August last year. It has been celebrated a lot at my home since it became clear, he says.
When asked if the court had requirements or instructions prior to the interview, he says that they do not agree.
- I have not experienced it. They have been good at giving tips on topics that the king is comfortable talking about. This is not shotgun journalism but a portrait.
The king spoke about prince Philip at his interview:
Kungen i stor intervju i podcasten ”Värvet”
The King says that he has passed the retirement age a long time ago, but has not stepped down from the business. But during the pandemic, it has been the quietest year ever. It has been nice to think about what he has done and would like to do in the future.
He loves his job which gives him the opportunity to keep up with developments and learn new things. But he also admits that there are disadvantages. When asked what it is like when there are always eyes on him wherever he goes the king answers:
- It's very hard. But I'm not the only one. All business leaders and politicians who have the same responsibility should feel the same.
To refuel energy, he goes for walks, goes out into the woods or goes by boat on the sea. He tells of an event on Gotska Sandön that he usually visits, about how he lay completely alone on a beach and enjoyed.
- I lay at the water's edge and just rested. It was wonderful to lie on this amazing beach. But then some tourists came and asked if they could take pictures. I felt like a seal the way you would go out and take pictures and take them home and then I actually said no.
The king tells that his favorite card game is a game called "Gurka" which is reminiscent of bridge and that he likes chips which taste truffles and also reveals that there are truffles in his own garden.
Kung Carl XVI Gustaf intervjuas av Kristofer Triumf i Värvet _ Aftonbladet
The King told about his private car holidays with Queen Silvia in Europe, which they have had every year for the past 10-15 years. It's very fun to drive a car, that's the best the King knows. It is freedom, he controls where he wants. The first years they went straight from Stockholm to Sainte-Maxime, to Villa Mirage they inherited from Prince Bertil. But over the years they have started to take bigger and bigger detours and longer time, and staying over in different places. They are looking for beautiful palaces, views, vineyards or whatever you can find. Sometimes they end up in places where they don't really know where they are. The King says that lying on a beach and sunbathing, you can not do that at their age, it is very useless.
The King also tells about his three "homes": The large floor at Drottningholm Palace. The weekends he and Queen Silvia spend on Stenhammar. And then the royal couple's somewhat secret floor at the Royal Palace. The king says that it was a long time ago he spent the night there. He moved there in 1972, that floor faces the Opera and they lived there also with Victoria and Carl Philip.
- I grew up here at the Royal Palace, since I was four or five years old. I lived in the south wing with my mother and my four sisters in a ... Yes, an insanely boring apartment, to be honest. It really only consisted of a single long corridor, it was like a hotel, with doors on each side, and there we had our rooms. My mother lived in a room with two small windows facing the National Museum.
The interview takes place in the royal couple's private dining room. The King says it is a room that is very dear to him, nowadays the walls are covered with red fabric, but when he was a child it was plank walls here quite simply. Raw unplaned plank. It had been Gustaf V's writing room.
- But in my time I had my electric train here and also my table tennis room, so this was my hobby room and many of my friends thought it was very exciting to come here and play with that train. Now it is our dining room with red walls and nice furniture so it is completely different, the king says to Kristoffer Triumf.
Kungen om privatlivet med drottning Silvia i Värvet _*Svensk Dam
The King says that he was very young when he took office, only 27 years old, and then he was almost always the youngest at all meetings and at all dinners. Now it is just the opposite, now he is almost always the oldest, and over the years you may become safer and take things a little calmer.
- I remember my grandfather so well, he once said to me that "you should take your life with a certain pinch of humor". If you take it with a little humor, you can handle difficult situations better.
"What does the king think of his successor, is she ready for the job?" Kristoffer Triumf asks and the king answers with a counter-question:
- Crown Princess Victoria? Yes ... When do you get ready for a job? Every new task requires new steps, so to speak. even if one has prepared. I had less time to prepare, I wished I had had longer, then a lot would have been different. But the Crown Princess takes it very seriously and feels it like a big calling. She also grew up, just like I was, to succeed at some point. And with the responsibility to pass something on. But it is not just the legacy, it is Sweden's history that we carry on. You should perhaps not think too deeply about it, but it is there basically. We were brought up with it and we take it very seriously.
Känsliga frågan om Victoria – kungen ger svar _*Svensk Dam
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I just listened the whole interview. It was very good and relaxed.
The King celebrates his 75th birthday. The King has announced that instead of birthday presents, he wishes people to make a contribution to Sweden's City Missions. We at Sweden's City Missions are extremely proud and happy about this!
Over the years, the royal family has become involved in the City Mission's activities in several places through both public and private visits and volunteer work. The commitment has been extra large during the pandemic, as the King and Queen in a meeting with the City Missions have informed themselves about the situation of people in vulnerability during this difficult period.
Many thanks to all of you who think of the most vulnerable in our society today and who donate a gift to celebrate H.M. The King's 75th birthday!
Riksföreningen Sveriges Stadsmissioner __ Kungen75
After Victoria took a stand on the important issue, the King now follows. Something that the King and Victoria have in common is their concern for the vulnerable on the streets. That concern is shown by their involvement in the City Mission, usually in Stockholm.
Victoria has been seen several times volunteering for the organization and distributing food at the soup kitchen outside St Paul's Church. She also usually brings the whole family with her to help wrap Christmas presents at Stockholm City Mission. Not even the pandemic could deter Victoria and at the royal family's channels, they shared a video where she, Prince Daniel and the children wrapped up packages and talked about Christmas.
Now the City Missions are once again being noticed by the royal family. The King wishes that everyone who wants to give him a present for his 75th birthday donates money to his fundraiser. The sum will then be reported to the royal court, so that they find out exactly how much the King's commitment can help the vulnerable.
Kungens personliga vädjan – efter bilderna på Victoria _*Svensk Dam