40-year monarch invites all to dance

AFP-JIJI

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrated 40 years as monarch Sunday in true Scandinavian egalitarian style by inviting everyone to come and dance at the royal palace.

“I invite everybody to a music and dance party in the inner courtyard of the royal palace,” the 67-year-old said. “And everybody is welcome. Bring your dancing shoes. Cheers!”

Carl XVI Gustaf, whose father died in an airplane accident in 1947, succeeded his grandfather, Gustav VI Adolf, in 1973.