SWEDEN: From the Throne

Someone must write the words that kings utter from their thrones, and last week King Gustaf V of Sweden opened Parliament with words said to have been written and certainly approved by that onetime rural blacksmith, Herr Carl Gustaf Ekman, now Prime Minister.

Although Sweden's parliament building is handsome, sumptuous, the opening ceremonies took place at His Majesty's great island Palace in Stockholm. Up its majestic stair and down the Long Gallery to the Hall of State paraded Deputies and Ministers among whom loomed the monolithic figure of Herr Ekman.

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