Queen Elizabeth II’s third cousin King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is ‘doing well’ after undergoing planned heart surgery, palace announces
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King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is ‘doing well’ after undergoing a planned surgical procedure ‘in the heart area’, the Swedish Royal Court said on Monday.
The court had announced last week the procedure, describing it as a ‘laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery in the heart area’ that had been advised by the 76-year-old King’s physician.
In a statement after the scheduled procedure on Monday morning, the royal household said the surgery ‘went according to plan and the King is doing well’.
It added that the King – who celebrates 50 years on the throne this year – was thankful for ‘all the support and warmth shown to him and feels grateful for Swedish healthcare’.
The official announcement did not elaborate on the nature of the surgery. The King – Queen Elizabeth II’s third cousin – is not known to have had surgery for a any serious ailment before.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is ‘doing well’ after undergoing a planned surgical procedure ‘in the heart area’, the Swedish Royal Court said on Monday
After the surgery, the monarch will take a rest period, meaning that his planned commitments this month and until March 3 will be postponed to later in the spring.
The king ascended the throne on September 15, 1973 and is the longest reigning monarch in Sweden.
The Swedish Royal Family is hugely popular in Sweden and the monarchy enjoys widespread support.
Throughout the year, the country’s Royal Family will host a number of events to celebrate King Carl’s Golden Jubilee.
Born on April 30, 1946, Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus Bernadotte was nine months old when his father, Prince Gustaf Adolf, was killed in a plane crash in Denmark.
The court had announced last week the procedure, describing it as a ‘laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery in the heart area’ that had been advised by the 76-year-old King’s physician. Pictured, Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf in December 2022
He assumed the throne following the death of his grandfather, the long-reigning Gustaf VI Adolf.
King Carl and his wife of 47 years Queen Silvia share three children – Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, 45, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland, 43, and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, 40.
Seen as a progressive monarch, King Carl insisted Swedish law be changed in 1979 to allow his eldest daughter to succeed him rather than his only son – with the UK following suit in 2011.
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