This week the Swedish monarchy has rather dominated the news and it was certainly not the visit of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel to Finland or Prince Carl Philip handing out grants that everyone was talking about. No, the issue was a new biography, just released, on HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and, suffice it to say, it paints a rather unflattering portrait of the King of Sweden at the very least. Basically the book related stories that have long been whispered about regarding the King, extramarital affairs, associations with unsavory characters, trips to establishments of low moral fiber (to put it as nicely as possible) as well as stressing that the King is simply rather un-intelligent and that he did not want to be king; hence the title, “King Carl XVI Gustaf - The Reluctant Monarch”. If the republicans in Sweden having been becoming more noticeable lately this is certainly not going help in keeping them on the fringe. Surprisingly, compared to most monarchies, the royal court said the King would read the book and comment on it, which he has to some extent. His Majesty neither confessed to nor denied anything but did admit that some of it was true. Some of the accusations have been disproved but it seems the adultery allegations were factual. Beyond that the King simply appealed for the press to let the past remain in the past and give the Royal Family their privacy. Judging by how quickly the book has been selling that does not seem likely.