October 24, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Swedes Want King to Stay

Posted in: Sweden

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A recent poll show nearly two-thirds of Swedes want King Carl XVI Gustaf to stay on the throne, even though he is fast approaching the retirement age of 65.  A majority say the King should remain as monarch until his death.

Support for King Carl is higher among men then women and those who are center-right of politics. Leftist voters are more likely to want to see the King to abdicate in favor of his daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, next year.

Furthermore, more urbanites support the monarch to remain so than those who live in more smaller towns.

Overall, 74 percent of the Swedish people like their monarchy, while only 19 percent would like to see it abolished.

Those figures differ within Parliament, however. Many of the members there are vocal about having Sweden be a republic.

Queen Elizabeth II Welcomes Jacob Zuma

Posted in: United Kingdom

Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa, was officially welcomed to the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II earlier today. Zuma is on a three day state visit to the country, and was welcomed with pomp and circumstance.

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The Queen greeted the President at Horse Guards Parade before a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace. There, Zuma shook hands with Prince Philip and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Brown will meet separately with the President later on.

At Buckingham, President Zuma presented Queen Elizabeth with a chess set. Problem was, when Her Majesty gave Zuma a tour of the Palace’s collection of South African gifts, he learned that the Queen already had a chess set, given to her by Nelson Mandela in 1995.

There will be a state banquet tonight in honor of the President, at Buckingham Palace where he is also staying overnight. He will also go to Clarence House to visit Prince Charles.