Queen Silvia celebrated – twofold
Queen Silvia turned 68 on December 23. That’s something to celebrate. But wait, there was more than a birthday… Silvia can also celebrate being the Swedish queen who’s been on the throne the longest.
This used to be a title reserved for Queen Sofia (1836-1913, spouse of King Oscar II). Sofia was queen of Sweden for 35 years, six months and sixteen days, a record that Silvia broke on Sunday, Dec. 25. But the Swedish queen wants a relaxed celebration. The Royal Swedish Courts says there will only be one small party.

“The entire family gathered at Drottningholm Palace to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. Princess Madeleine was coming from the U.S. to participate as well,” said Bertil Ternert, Director of Press and Information at the Royal Swedish Court.