Line of succession to the Swedish throne
The line of succession to the Swedish throne is determined by the Swedish Act of Succession. In 1980 Sweden adopted absolute primogeniture, meaning that the eldest child of the monarch, regardless of gender, takes precedence in the line of succession. Sweden had previously (since 1810) used agnatic primogeniture, meaning that only males could inherit the throne.
According to the Swedish Constitution, only Lutheran legitimate descendants (through legitimate line) of King Carl XVI Gustaf are presently entitled to succeed.[N 1] A person loses his or her succession rights and deprives his or her descendants of their succession rights if he or she ceases to be Lutheran, marries without the consent of the Government, or ascends the throne of another state by election, inheritance or marriage without the consent of the monarch and the Government.
Current order of succession
- The present law also reserved a place in the line of succession for the King's uncle, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland. He followed the King's own descendants and was the only person not descended from him to remain in the line after changes to the constitution. From his nephew's accession in 1973 until the birth of Prince Carl Philip in 1979, the Duke of Halland was the only person in the line of succession. He died childless in 1997.