SWEDEN: A King with the Times

With a flourish of the pomp and ceremony that his single-class country paradoxically enjoys, curly-haired Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus Bernadotte was formally installed last week as King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. At 27, the handsome bachelor is Europe's youngest monarch; he succeeds the oldest, his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf, who had died four days earlier at the age of 90.

Speaking from an ermine-draped silver throne, Carl Gustaf solemnly swore that he would "seek to do all within our power to further the veritable weal and welfare of the realm and its...

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