A few Swedish newspapers have picked up the podcast today, I google translated a few articles.
It was actually a pretty relaxed interview, CG is usually stiff and uncomfortable in these situations, which he also says in the podcast is due to not being comfortable being the centre of attention. But this time it seems like he enjoyed it, laughed a lot and at the end he joked that they have to do another podcast to talk about everything that they didn't have time to cover this time.
Kristoffer Triumf at the podcast Värvet begins by asking how the king thinks he himself has developed during his almost 48 years on the throne.
The king laughs, a little uncomfortable:
- I guess it's not me who should answer that ... Now I have passed retirement age a long time ago ... But that doesn’t mean I have stepped down from running the business, except now, due to the pandemic unfortunately. This has been the quietest year I've been through.
- It has been good too, I have been able to rest a little. Or rest is incorrectly expressed. I have been able to think and think a little about what I have done and what I would like to do in the future.
The King's birthday 2021 - you turn 75 years old.
- I was very young when I took over, only 27 years old, and then I was almost always the youngest at all meetings and at all dinners. Now it is just the opposite, now I am almost always the oldest, and over the years you may become more secure in your self and take things a little calmer.
- I remember my grandfather so well, he once said to me that "you should take life with a certain pinch of humor". If you take it with a little humor, you can handle difficult situations better.
"What does the king think of his successor, is she ready for the job?" Kristoffer Triumf asks and the king answers with a counter-question:
- Crown Princess Victoria? Yes, but when are you every really ready for a job? Every new task requires new perspectives, so to speak, even if one has prepared. I had perhaps less time to prepare, I wished I had had longer, I feel a lot would have been completely different. I guess that’s the same for everyone.
- But the Crown Princess takes it very seriously, no doubt about it, and feels that it’s like a big calling. She also grew up, just like I did, to succeed at some point. A lot of people might know that feeling too, whether it’s a family business or a family farm, you feel the traditions, history and carry the responsibility to pass something on. That’s human, most people want to pass things on and leave something of a legacy, for the next generation to build upon or to be remembered by. That goes for us too, we are very proud and committed to pass on the legacy.
- But it is not just the legacy, it is Sweden's history that we carry on. One should perhaps not think too deeply about it.... but that’s basically what it is and it goes a long way back and hopefully we can pass that culture on to the coming generations and for the future. And that we’re not neglecting anything, and that we, together can build a prosperous society, and maybe, I sometimes say, maybe it’s a bit vulgar, we can function as a catalyst in society, from a non-political position.
A great feeling of freedom in their normally disturbed everyday life.
- We have been driving every year for the past 10-15 years. I think it's very fun to drive a car, that's the best I know. For me, it is a freedom, I'm in control of where I want to go, says the king in the interview.
- The first years we went from point a to point b, from Stockholm to Sainte-Maxime, where we have inherited the house from Prince Bertil. But over the years we have started to take bigger and bigger detours and we are taking longer and longer time, and staying over in different places in Europe.
- We are looking for different beautiful castles, views, vineyards or whatever you can find now. And sometimes we end up in places where we do not really know where we are.
- The actual travel has actually become the big part. Lying on a beach and sunbathing, you can not do that at our age, I just burn myself and as we have also learned, it is not very healthy, says the king.
About Stockholm Slott, and the room where they conducted the podcast
The weekends he and Queen Silvia spend on the estate Stenhammar. But the royal couple have a somewhat secret floor at Stockholm Castle. Although it is not often that he spends the night there:
- No, it was a long time ago actually.
- I moved there in 1972, that floor faces the Opera and there our first two children were born, Madeleine was born on Drottningholm.
- I grew up here at the Royal Palace, since I was four or five years old. Then I lived here in the south wing with my mother and my four sisters in a ... Yes, an insanely boring apartment, to be honest.
It really only consisted of a single long corridor, it was like a hotel, with doors on each side, and there we had our rooms. My mother lived in the room with two small windows facing the National Museum.
The actual podcast recording takes place in the royal couple's private dining room at Stockholm Castle.
- It is a room that is very dear to me, nowadays the walls are covered with red fabric, but when I was a child it was plank walls here quite simply. Raw unplaned plank.
- It had been Gustaf V's writing room, then there was a cast iron spiral staircase in that corner and a rather ugly brown-green tile stove behind me here. But for some reason I do not know, they did a makeover.
- But in my childhood, I had my electric train here and also my ping pong table, so this was my hobby room and many of my friends thought it was very exciting to come here and play with that train, the king says to Kristoffer Triumf.
- But now it is our dining room with red walls and nice furniture so it is completely different.
- Over the years, each generation has moved into a different part of the castle. So it has been a constant movement. You wonder what will happen next …
About Prince Philip
In the podcast, he talks about the grief of not being able to attend British Prince Philips' funeral earlier in April. Instead, he watched it via CNN.
- It was a very emotional and nice funeral. Different, of course. Of course, I had wanted to visit and attend the funeral, we had already started to get in touch a year ago, and tried to get an opportunity for a visit. Age takes its toll. I was afraid this would happen. But Prince Philip got to be almost 100 years old, that’s fantastic, he says.
The king met Philip for the first time in his teens and has met him many times since. One occasion he especially remembers was when they were out sailing together.
- Prince Charles and Princess Anne were also present and we went sailing on their sailing boat, it was called Bloodhound, I very well recall. Today it’s harboured together with Britannia, up in Edinburgh.
- We were sailing in Scotland, and we went up Caledonia canal up to Loch Ness - the fantastic sea, with the monster - Nessie. It was a fantastic experience for me to be there together with the family and sail for a week or so, and then I got to spend another week with them at Balmoral Castle. That one thing I’ll never forget.
- What kind of person was he?
- He was a wonderful person, warm and cordial. Always had a word for everyone. Very humorous and always had a certain twist in what he said, describes the king.
-I can’t help but to think of something that I have probably told a thousand times before, but I think he would laugh if he knew what I’m about to tell you. I recall, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and I, we were all teenagers, and we stood by the railing of the sailing boat, each holding a fender as the boat was in a lock to get upstream, and we were 3-4 meters down. At the same time, rumor had spread that Prince Philip and royals were there, in the canal.
- Then, of course, tourists came and stood at the edge and looked down at us and we were stuck there on deck and couldn’t move. Then Prince Philip turned to me and said "Now I know how it feels to be a butterfly in a museum". It was spot on if you think of it. I have carried that story with me as a fond, fond memory, says the king and points out that Prince Philip would certainly have laughed re-living the story.
- I can imaging, being in a lock can be stressful enough, cant it?
- Yes well it was all very exciting for me, I had been to sailing school and such things before, but this was the first time on a real ship, sailing over the course of a few days or weeks. And then just to get to cruise through these canals and doing these detours, the landscape with rhododendron bushes, trees, rolling fields on both sides... It was very original, to me, back then. I will never forget that experience.