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Finnish Diplomat and historian Henrik Meinander once said on the third anniversary of Charles' ascension to the throne of Sweden:
"King Charles yields more power than the more recent Bernadotte kings, even his own father and predecessor. The nation's future lays on his hand, its consciousness on his mind, and its welfare on his choices."
|King of Sweden|
|Reign||30 April 2013 – present|
|Coronation||21 July 2013|
|Predecessor||Carl XVI Gustaf|
|Heir apparent||Crown Prince Alexander|
|Born|| 13 May, 1979 |
Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
|Spouse||Sofia Hellqvist (m. 2015)|
|Issue|| Crown Prince Alexander|
Prince Gabriel, Duke of Dalarna
|Carl Philip Edmund Bertil|
|Father||Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden|
|Religion||Church of Sweden|
Charles XVII (Carl Philip Edmund Bertil; born 13 May, 1979) is the King of Sweden. Charles is the only son and second eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf the Great. Despite reigning as Charles XVII, King Charles is actually the eleventh Swedish monarch with that name, as his predecessor King Charles IX (who reigned from 1604 to 1611) had adopted a numeral based on a fictitious history of Sweden.
Charles was born in 1979, almost two decades following the war that was said to have destroyed Western civilization. He was educated in Stockholm and later joined the Royal Swedish Navy at 18 years of age.