Even a seasoned globe-trotter like Sweden's King [Carl] Gustaf must have been impressed by the <i>Arabian Nights</i>-style hospitality he received on a recent Saudi tour. A traditional meal served in a desert camp and a camel ride were among the memorable moments on his official visit to promote the World Scout Foundation.
As a crown princess Victoria of Sweden is familiar with the intricacies of foreign diplomacy and accustomed to taking the unexpected in her stride. The 29-year-old royal initially looked mortified, however, when she accidentally knocked over a post while opening the Netherlands' famous Keukenhof Gardens.
Sweden's [King Carl Gustaf] is known as one of Europe's most forward-thinking and modern royals but he obviously hasn't lost his taste for the old-fashioned. The 60-year-old got behind the wheel of an antique runabout when he helped kick off the Veteran Cars Rally in Borghold this week.
Sweden's [Princess Madeleine] appeared alongside her parents at a reception in New York this week, putting paid to speculation over an alleged rift within the family ranks. Queen Silvia and [King Carl Gustaf] had been said to disagree with their daughter's decision to move in with her boyfriend. <br /><br />
Leading royals from all over Europe gathered in the Swedish capital of Stockholm over the weekend when [King Carl Gustaf] marked his 60th birthday. The households of Monaco, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain were all represented as the Scandinavian monarch hosted a day of lavish celebrations.