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One of the neat things we got to witness was the salute to the King of Sweden on his birthday.

The military personnel roped off the area where the gun salute would take place (just down the street from our hostel), handed out ear plugs and were quite nice.  We also found out something amusing – the king wasn’t even in Stockholm.  It’s more like an official national holiday than something the king actually participates in.

The soldiers came out and marched along the street.

King's BirthdaySet up the guns and got them ready, as well as raised the Swedish flag.

King's BirthdayThen did the salute.  The guns were large and gave off some great smoke.

King's BirthdayA great way to start off our trip.