Was he unpopular? What is your source for that?
MAJESTY magazine and the book, THERE ARE STILL KINGS: the king was not highly thought of, during his years as crown prince. He may have been personally liked, but he was thought of as lacking in intelligence and ability. The Swedes at large are said to have not especially looked forward to his becoming king, successor to his highly popular grandfather. But there was nothing anybody could do about it, in an hereditary monarchy.
So Parliament devised ways to get around the situation, by raising the legal age for assuming the throne without undergoing a period of regency. It also severely reduced the constitutional powers of the monarch, thereby effectively making Sweden into a republic in every respect but name.
Yes, I'm aware that the measures were already introduced during the reign of King Gustaf VI Adolf. However, it was toward the latter part of his reign: so obviously they were directed at his grandson and heir. For these reasons, the measures were not immediately passed or made retroactive. As I understand, they went into effect on January 1, 1975.
Well, I don't agree. Of course it could be seen as worrisome to have a Prince age 27 to succeede the enormously popular 90 years old King. But I think that doesn't mean that the Crown Prince was unpopular. The work with a new Constitution had been going on for decades. I don't think personal popularity had anything to do with it.
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