TOKYO (AP) — Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Japan's Emperor Akihito have attended at a special exhibit on Swedish natural sciences in Tokyo to mark 150 years of diplomacy.
The king and Queen Silvia escorted Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday at the exhibition featuring three key Swedish scientists from the 18th century who have influenced Japan, including Carl Linnaeus who set the basis of a systematic scientific classification.
The king, the demon and a Swedish Olympic biathlon win
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — As Fredrik Lindstroem cruised to the finish line to secure gold for Sweden in the men's biathlon relay Friday night, the stadium announcer at the Alpensia Biathlon Center belted out "the king is on fire!"
Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf was in the stadium screaming and shouting as the Swedes crossed in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 16.5 seconds — more than 55 seconds ahead of Norway at the Pyongchang Olympics. Germany took bronze.
The Latest: Zagitova gives Russians 1st gold in Pyeongchang
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Alina Zagitova won the women's figure skating competition over her training partner Evgenia Medvedeva on Day 14 of the Pyeongchang Olympics, becoming the first Russian gold medalist at the games.
In other highlights Friday, Germany upset Canada 4-3 in the semifinals of the men's hockey tournament and will face off against the Russians for gold.
AP PHOTOS: Highlights of Day 14 at the Pyeongchang Olympics
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Alina Zagitova won the women's figure skating competition over her training partner Evgenia Medvedeva, becoming the first Russian gold medalist at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Canada's Kelsey Serwa raced to victory in women's skicross, giving her a gold medal to go with the silver she won in Sochi four years ago. And Sweden routed powerhouses Norway and Germany to capture gold in the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay in front of their king, Carl XVI Gustaf, to close out the biathlon competition.
Prince Henrik, husband of Danish monarch, dies at age 83
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe who publicly vented his frustration at not being the social equal of his wife or their son in line to become Denmark's king, died late Tuesday. He was 83.
Britain’s Prince William, Kate try bandy hockey in Sweden
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Britain's Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge took a shot at bandy Tuesday to kick off a visit to Sweden and Norway — with William winning a penalty shootout in the game, a Swedish sport similar to ice hockey.
Kate, who is pregnant with her third child, was beaten in a penalty shootout by her husband when they joined a group of young Swedes playing the game on an outdoor ice rink in downtown Stockholm.
The Latest: IKEA founder praised for taking Sweden to world
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the death of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad (all times local):
Sweden's royal house, politicians and business leaders are praising the work and entrepreneurial spirit of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, who died at age 91.
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf said Sunday in an emailed statement to news agency TT that Kamprad was "a true entrepreneur" who brought the Scandinavian country "out to the world" while remaining "a down-to-earth person with a great commitment."
Romanians join European royals for last king’s state funeral
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — European royalty joined tens of thousands of Romanians who wept and applauded as they said farewell to Romania's last monarch, King Michael, who was buried next to his wife Saturday after a state funeral.
Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, was remembered for his dignity and morality. He died at age 96 in Switzerland on Dec. 5.
Romanian king’s funeral sees family feuds in the spotlight
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The death of the late King Michael is a solemn and sad time for many Romanians, but beyond the tears it's proving a colorful — and awkward family reunion.
Michael, who ruled Romania twice and was forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died Dec. 5 in Switzerland at age 96.
The king was known for his modesty and commitment to Romania.
BERLIN (AP) — The annual Bayreuth opera festival is underway in Germany, with Sweden's king and queen joining Chancellor Angela Merkel for a performance of Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg."
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and the German-born Queen Silvia were among the guests posing on the red carpet under umbrellas as they arrived in Bayreuth, the Bavarian town where the festival devoted to Wagner's works takes place.
HELSINKI (AP) — A flag-waving crowd has gathered on Helsinki's main square to get a glimpse of Nordic royalties joining in celebrating Finland's 100 years of independence.
Guests, including Denmark's Queen Margrethe, King Harald of Norway, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Icelandic President Gudni Johannesson, were received Thursday by Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on Stockholm truck attack (all times local):
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf says the number of people willing to help after the deadly truck attack in Stockholm is "many, many more than those who wish us harm."
Carl Gustaf says the Scandinavian country has been "shaken by what happened," adding that the "concern people show each other demonstrates the power of our society."
Another baby expected as Sweden royal family expands
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are expecting their second child.
The prince, son of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and fifth in the line of succession, says they are "looking forward to welcoming a new little member to our family."
In Thursday's statement, the royal palace said the birth is expected for September.
Sting, Wayne Shorter win 2017 Polar Music Prize
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — British musician and singer-songwriter Sting and American jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter have won the 2017 Polar Music Prizes.
Sting, the stage name of Gordon Sumner, was cited for putting "down his anchor in more musical harbors than perhaps any other artist of his generation."
The award panel said Tuesday that he "has combined classic pop with virtuoso musicianship and openness to all genres and sounds."
Friendly ghosts haunt Swedish royal palace, queen says
STOCKHOLM (AP) — One of the Swedish royal family's palaces is haunted — but the phantoms are "pretty friendly," says Queen Silvia.
"There are ghosts, many," Silvia says of the Drottningholm Palace in a documentary to be aired Thursday on public television channel SVT. "You feel you get a little excited" when talking about them, she adds, smilingly.
Asked whether Sweden's longest-serving queen had experienced the ghosts herself, she replied "of course. But they are friendly."
Sweden’s Queen Silvia released from hospital, feels well
HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden's Queen Silvia has been released from Stockholm's Karolinska Institute hospital after being kept two nights for observation because of dizziness.
The Swedish royal household said Sunday that the queen, who was hospitalized Friday, her 73rd birthday, feels well "given the circumstances" and has returned home.
The court said that Queen Silvia had suffered from cold symptoms for some time and was rushed to the hospital as a precaution.
Sweden’s German-born queen hospitalized for dizziness
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's popular German-born Queen Silvia has been hospitalized on her 73rd birthday because of dizziness.
The Swedish royal household says Silvia was kept overnight for observation and "is doing well."
Swedish lawmaker plays ‘Pokemon Go’ at opening of Parliament
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish lawmaker says she was multitasking during the opening of Parliament. She was listening to the prime minister's speech. And playing "Pokemon Go."
Monica Green also tweeted a picture of the game's Psyduck character as she was seated behind the king's son-in- law, Prince Daniel.
Green's enthusiasm for the game has prompted angry reaction as well as some admiration Tuesday. The traditionally austere ceremony was officially opened by King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Sweden’s Prince Alexander baptized at palace
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Prince Alexander, the newest member of Sweden's royal family, was baptized Friday at Drottningholm Palace outside Stockholm.
About 150 guests attended the ceremony in the palace chapel for the baby boy, who was born in April.
He is the first child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia and is fifth in the line of succession.
The boy wore a white christening gown that has previously been worn by royal family members dating back to Prince Gustaf Adolf in 1906.