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Sweden -- Act of Succession Index Page Document Table of Contents

    { Adopted on: 26 Sep 1810 }
    { ICL Document Status: 1 Jan 2015 }

    { Editor's Note:
    The Act of Succession belongs among the four fundamental laws that make up the Constitution of Sweden (cf. Article 3 Instrument of Government). The 2015 ICL edition is based on the official translation published by the Parliament. The edition adds article titles and adopts the ICL style for the translation of normative content without the use of "shall". }

We CARL, by the Grace of God, King of Sweden, the Goths, and the Wends, &c., &c., &c., Heir to Norway, Duke of Schleswig Holstein, Stormarn and Ditmarsen, Count of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst, &c., &c., hereby make known that We, after the unanimous acceptance and confirmation by the Estates of the Realm of the Act of Succession according to which the male heirs begotten by His Noble-Born Highness, the elected Crown Prince of Sweden, His Royal Highness Prince JOHAN BAPTIST JULIUS have the right to the throne of Sweden and to accede to the government of Sweden, and after the submission of this fundamental law for Our gracious approval, by virtue of the right accruing to Us according to Article 85 of the Instrument of Government, adopt, accept and confirm this Act of Succession approved by the Estates of the Realm exactly as follows word for word: Act of Succession according to which the male heirs begotten by His Noble- Born Highness, the elected Crown Prince of Sweden, His Royal Highness Prince JOHAN BAPTIST JULIUS of Ponte-Corvo, have the right to the Royal throne of Sweden and to accede to the government of Sweden; adopted and confirmed by the King and the Estates of the Realm at the extraordinary session of the Parliament in Orebro on September 26, 1810.
 
[Preamble]
We, the undersigned Estates of the Realm of Sweden, counts, barons, bishops, knights, and nobility, clergy, burghers and peasants, now convened in extraordinary general session of the Parliament here in Orebro, hereby make known that, with the decease, without male heirs begotten by him, of His Noble-Born Highness, the elected Crown Prince of Sweden, His Royal Highness Prince CARL AUGUST, and by our choice, as evidenced by the Act of Agreement and Election of August 21, 1810, of His Noble-Born Highness, Prince JOHAN BAPTIST JULIUS of Ponte-Corvo, as Crown Prince of Sweden, to succeed to the government of Sweden and its subordinate provinces His Royal Majesty, our present most gracious King and Lord, Carl XIII, after his death (be it long deferred by the Grace of God Almighty) to be crowned and hailed as King of Sweden, and to govern the Realm, on the conditions specified in the above-named Act of Agreement and Election as well as in the royal oath to be made, as required by us, by His Noble-Born Highness, we have this day determined and confirmed for the legitimate direct male heirs of His Royal Highness JOHAN BAPTIST JULIUS, Prince of Ponte-Corvo, the following order of succession to the crown and government of Sweden.  applicable in the manner and on the conditions expressly set forth below
 
Article 1  [Descendants]
The right of succession to the throne of Sweden is vested in the male and female descendants of King Carl XVI Gustaf, Crown Prince Johan Baptist Julii, later King Karl XIV Johan's, issue in direct line of descent.  In this connection, elder siblings and their descendants have precedence over younger siblings and their descendants.
 
Article 2  [Queen]
The provisions of this Act of Succession relating to The King relate to The Queen if The Queen is Head of State.
 
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Article 4  [Evangelical Faith]
In accordance with the express provision of Article 2 of the Instrument of Government of 1809 that The King always professes the pure evangelical faith, as adopted and explained in the unaltered Confession of Augsburg and in the Resolution of the Uppsala Meeting of the year 1593, princes and princesses of the Royal House are brought up in that same faith and within the Realm.  Any member of the Royal Family not professing this faith are excluded from all rights of succession.
 
Article 5  [Government's Consent to Marriage]
A prince or princess of the Royal House may not marry13311 unless the Government has given its consent thereto upon application from The King.  Should a prince or a princess marry without such consent, that prince or princess forfeits the right of succession for himself, his children and theirdescendants.
 
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Article 7  [Foreign Travel of Heir]
The heir to the throne may not embark on foreign travel without The King's knowledge and consent.
 
Article 8  [Rule Over Foreign States]
A prince or princess of the Royal House of Sweden may not become the sovereign ruler of a foreign state whether by election, succession, or marriage without the consent of The King and the Parliament.  Should this occur, neither he nor she nor their descendants are entitled to succeed to the throne of Sweden.
 
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