storkyrkan cathedral

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royal weddings

 King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden and Silvia Renate Sommerlath

Silvia Sommerlath met Crown Prince Carl Gustaf during the 1972 Summer Olympics. In a later interview, the King explained how it just “clicked” when they met.

He and Silvia announced their engagement on 12 March 1976 and were married three months later, on 19 June in Stockholm Cathedral (“Storkyrkan Cathedral”) in Stockholm. It was the first marriage of a reigning Swedish monarch since 1797. If he had married Silvia during the reign of his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf, he would have lost his position as heir-apparent to the Swedish throne. This was due to the inflexibility of his grandfather, who believed that royalty must marry royalty.

The couple had three children, two girls and one boy.