The little prince
Crown Prince Carl Gustaf smiles at the camera shortly before his seventh birthday. His birth on April 30, 1946, was announced with a salute of 84 naval guns, leading his mother, the then Crown Princess Sibylla, to fall unconscious. His father died in a plane accident nine months later. The boy became Crown Prince at the age of four, after his great-grandfather died. He was crowned King in 1973.