His father, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten was killed in an airplane crash on 26 January 1947, at Copenhagen Airport.His father's death had left the nine-month-old prince second in line for the throne, behind his grandfather, then Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf.When his great-grandfather Gustaf V died in 1950, the four-year-old prince became the heir apparent of Sweden.Carl Gustaf was seven years old before he was told about his father's death, and he expressed his feelings about growing up without knowing his father in a speech in 2005.The Princess of York’s boyfriend is the son of an accountant, and was educated at £10,000-a-term school in Buckinghamshire.
Her move to Kensington Palace will reignite the question over whether she will begin to carry out engagements on behalf of her grandmother The Queen as a full-time working royal, as her activities are not listed in the Court Circular.
The new instrument explicitly limits the king to ceremonial functions and, among other things, to be regularly informed of affairs of state.
As head of the Royal House of Bernadotte Carl Gustaf has also been able to make a number of government supported decisions about the titles and positions of its members.
He has also completed his academic studies in history, sociology, political science, tax law, and economics at Uppsala University and Stockholm University.
To prepare for his role as the head of state, Crown Prince Carl Gustaf followed a broad program of studies on the court system, social organizations and institutions, trade unions, and employers' associations.
His godparents were the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark (his paternal uncle and aunt), the Crown Prince of Norway, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, the King of Sweden (his patrilineal great-grandfather), the Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (his maternal uncle), the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Sweden (his paternal grandfather and step-grandmother), and Count Folke and Countess Maria Bernadotte af Wisborg.