Carl XVI Gustaf – Sweden’s longest reigning monarch

Today, 26 April 2018, King Carl XVI Gustaf becomes the king who has sat on the throne for the longest time in the history of Sweden. On this day, The King has been in office for 44 years and 223 days.

Following consultations with the National Swedish Archives, it has been possible to establish that on this day, The King has been on the throne for longer than the 14th century King Magnus Eriksson.

Magnus Eriksson reigned as Sweden’s monarch from 1319 until 1364, for 44 years and 222 days.

Carl XVI Gustaf ascended to the throne on the death of his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf on 15 September 1973.

To follow is a selection of photographs spanning the King’s 44 years and 223 days on the throne of Sweden.

At 2.00 pm on 19 September 1973, HM The King took the required regal assurance during a cabinet meeting with the government. He also adopted his motto: “For Sweden – With the Times”. Photo: Freddy Lindström/TT

At 2.00 pm on 19 September 1973, HM The King took the required regal assurance during a cabinet meeting with the government. He also adopted his motto: “For Sweden – With the Times”. Photo: Freddy Lindström/TT

The minutes of The King’s first cabinet meeting. Photo: Swedish National Archives

The minutes of The King’s first cabinet meeting. Photo: Swedish National Archives

HM The King’s regal assurance signed at the cabinet meeting. Photo: Swedish National Archives

HM The King’s regal assurance signed at the cabinet meeting. Photo: Swedish National Archives

The King’s first state visit was to King Olav V of Norway in October 1974. Here The King greets Prince Haakon Magnus, now Norway’s Crown Prince. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

The King’s first state visit was to King Olav V of Norway in October 1974. Here The King greets Prince Haakon Magnus, now Norway’s Crown Prince. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

The first incoming state visit to The King was from Finland’s President Kekkonen on 21 October 1975. The King and the president on the Royal Barge ‘Vasaorden’. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

The first incoming state visit to The King was from Finland’s President Kekkonen on 21 October 1975. The King and the president on the Royal Barge ‘Vasaorden’. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

A cabinet meeting with Fälldin’s government on 3 October 1977. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

A cabinet meeting with Fälldin’s government on 3 October 1977. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

State visit to General Secretary of the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev, on 7 June 1978. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

State visit to General Secretary of the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev, on 7 June 1978. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

Incoming state visit from the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on 25 May 1983. Photo: Hans T Dahlskog/TT

Incoming state visit from the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on 25 May 1983. Photo: Hans T Dahlskog/TT

The King with Prime Minister Olof Palme at Rosenbad, September 1983. Photo: Jan Collsiöö/TT

The King with Prime Minister Olof Palme at Rosenbad, September 1983. Photo: Jan Collsiöö/TT

The King and Queen with President and Mrs Reagan at the White House in 1988. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

The King and Queen with President and Mrs Reagan at the White House in 1988. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's image archive

On a state visit to King Hussein in Jordan on 18 September 1989. Photo: Anders Holmström/TT

On a state visit to King Hussein in Jordan on 18 September 1989. Photo: Anders Holmström/TT

State visit to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on 2 May 1991. Photo: TT

State visit to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on 2 May 1991. Photo: TT

With Astrid Lindgren at the opening of Junibacken on Royal Djurgården in Stockholm, 1996. Photo: Ola Torkelsson/TT

With Astrid Lindgren at the opening of Junibacken on Royal Djurgården in Stockholm, 1996. Photo: Ola Torkelsson/TT

Incoming state visit from South Africa’s President Nelson Mandela on 17 March 1999. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Incoming state visit from South Africa’s President Nelson Mandela on 17 March 1999. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

The King and Queen with the Queen of Denmark and Prince Henrik at the opening of Öresund Bridge on 1 July 2000. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The King and Queen with the Queen of Denmark and Prince Henrik at the opening of Öresund Bridge on 1 July 2000. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The King and Queen visiting one of the memorial sites in Thailand following the tsunami disaster. 18 February 2005. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

The King and Queen visiting one of the memorial sites in Thailand following the tsunami disaster. 18 February 2005. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Cabinet meeting on 24 February 2012 to mark the occasion of the birth of Princess Estelle. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Cabinet meeting on 24 February 2012 to mark the occasion of the birth of Princess Estelle. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

A meeting with The Emperor and Empress of Japan on 23 April 2018 during The King and Queen’s official visit to the country. Photo: Kungahuset.se

A meeting with The Emperor and Empress of Japan on 23 April 2018 during The King and Queen’s official visit to the country. Photo: Kungahuset.se

The Swedish National Archives were able to use this letter of judgement to determine the exact length of Magnus Eriksson’s reign, which was 44 years and 222 days. On this day, 26 April 2018, HM The King has been Sweden’s king for 44 years and 223 days. Photo: Swedish National Archives

The Swedish National Archives were able to use this letter of judgement to determine the exact length of Magnus Eriksson’s reign, which was 44 years and 222 days. On this day, 26 April 2018, HM The King has been Sweden’s king for 44 years and 223 days. Photo: Swedish National Archives