King Carl XVI Gustaf still finds succession change unfair

king carl gustaf swedenThron Ullberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has again indicated that he still finds the change in succession, now more than forty years ago, unfair.

The constitutional amendment took effect on 1 January 1980, but it had been known for over two years that succession would go to the eldest child regardless of gender. Due to the retroactive effect of the law, newborn Prince Carl Philip was downgraded from “Crown Prince” to a regular prince. Princess Victoria, born in 1977, became the Crown Princess.

The king has already indicated several times that he is not against the amendment in itself, but against its retroactive effect. Despite the King’s protests, the status of Crown Princess Victoria will not be compromised.

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