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King Carl XVI Gustaf
1946- 

Our current King is depicted here in his admiral's uniform by New York-born artist Nelson Shanks. His painting is characterised by powerful brushwork, and he was against painting solely "by feeling".

King Carl XVI Gustaf wears the sash and grand star of the Order of the Seraphim, and the decoration of the Order of Vasa. Around his neck, he wears the Knight Commander's cross of the Order of the Sword.

To the left of The King is Gustaf Nylander's longcase clock which stands in the cabinet in the Bernadotte Apartments at the Royal Palace of Stockholm when The King receives state visits.

Nelson Shanks has also painted portraits of Pope John Paul II, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.

FACTS
Portrait: King Carl XVI Gustaf
Artist: Nelson Shanks 1937-2015
Year: Oil on canvas, 1991

The portrait can be seen in the East Guard's Hall of the Bernadotte Apartments at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.