Sweden’s king to undergo planned surgery in heart area

Feb 13, 2023, 12:18 PM | Updated: Feb 14, 2023, 2:27 am
FILE - Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia sit during a visit to the King Hussein Cancer...

FILE - Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia sit during a visit to the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, Nov 16, 2022. King Carl XVI Gustaf will undergo a planned a surgical procedure through a so-called peephole technique in the heart area. The palace said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 that after the surgery, scheduled for Feb. 20, the 76-year-monarch will have a period of rest, meaning his planned commitments this month and in early March are being moved to later this spring. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, file)

(AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, file)

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf will undergo a planned a keyhole surgical procedure “in the heart area,” the palace said Tuesday.

The official announcement did not elaborate on the nature of the surgery. The king is not known to have had surgery for a any serious ailment before.

After the surgery, scheduled for Feb. 20, the 76-year-monarch will take a rest period, meaning that his planned commitments this month and in early March will be pushed back to later this spring, the royal household said.

“The king is doing well and his official program until the day of the operation is being carried out according to plan,” the palace added in statement.

The king ascended the throne on Sept. 15, 1973 and is the longest reigning monarch in Sweden. Later this year, the king will celebrate his 50 years on the throne.

The royal family is hugely popular in Sweden. The monarchy enjoys widespread support despite the egalitarianism that otherwise characterizes society in the Nordic country.

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Sweden’s king to undergo planned surgery in heart area