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Mexican President López Obrador receives King and Queen of Sweden

Mexico, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday received King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, of Sweden, who are visit the country to consolidate relations between the two nations.

It is the first time that President López Obrador receives members of a monarchy.

The presence of the monarchs in Mexico at this time appears to be very symptomatic, because Sweden has just joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a member.

Monarchs do not have political or administrative functions, but rather symbolic and representative ones. Even so, their visit has attracted the attention of national and international media due to various controversies that the monarchs’ marriage has sparked, although more of a palatial and soap opera nature than political ones.

Carl XVI Gustaf was crowned in 1973 after the death of his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf, because his father had died earlier in a plane accident during a flight to Denmark.

The Queen’s place remained empty for a few years until 1979, when he married a woman of non-royal origin, nor related to the monarchy, named Silvia Renate Sommerlath, who was born in Heidelberg, Germany.

They have three children and several grandchildren, and almost all of them are princes, including sons-in-law and daughters-in-law.