8 December 1907

King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.

King Gustaf V of Sweden was born Oscar Gustaf Adolf on June 16, 1858, in Drottningholm Palace, Sweden. He reigned as the King of Sweden from 1907 until his death in 1950, making him one of the longest-reigning monarchs in Swedish history. His full name was Oscar Gustaf Adolf, and he belonged to the House of Bernadotte.

Gustaf V’s reign spanned through significant historical events, including World War I and World War II. Sweden remained neutral during both conflicts, and Gustaf V played a ceremonial role as the constitutional monarch.

During his reign, Sweden underwent political changes, with the transition to a parliamentary system of government. Gustaf V accepted the changes and adapted to the evolving role of the monarchy in a constitutional framework.

Gustaf V was known for his strong sense of duty and adherence to tradition. He was considered a conservative monarch but remained popular among the Swedish people for his stability and dedication to his role. He was also known for his interest in sports, particularly tennis, and he became an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee.

King Gustaf V married Princess Victoria of Baden in 1881, and they had three children: Gustaf VI Adolf, Wilhelm, and Erik. His son Gustaf VI Adolf succeeded him as the King of Sweden in 1950.

Gustaf V passed away on October 29, 1950, at the age of 92, after a reign of 43 years. His long and stable reign left a lasting impact on Sweden during a period of significant political and social change.