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Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf in car crash but not hurt

File photo: King Carl XVI Gustaf, 5 April 2014 Image copyright AP
Image caption King Carl XVI Gustaf is known internationally for presenting the annual Nobel Prizes

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf has been involved in a car crash, but is not hurt, the royal palace says.

The king was being driven to an airport in Stockholm on Wednesday morning when the collision took place, palace spokeswoman Annika Sonnerberg said.

The car was badly damaged but the king was uninjured and continued his journey in another car, local media said. There have been no reports of other injuries.

The role of king in Sweden is purely ceremonial.

Margaretha Thorgren, a press officer at the royal palace, told local media that the king was "doing well" under the circumstances.

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Image caption The car involved was towed away after the accident

Photos published in local media showed damage to the front of the car, a dark blue Mercedes, with one air bag deployed.

The king has now continued his journey to northern Sweden, where he is on a planned visit, palace officials say.

The 68-year-old ascended the throne in 1973. He is best known abroad for presenting the annual Nobel Prizes.

Constitutional changes in 1974 deprived the king of all but ceremonial duties, such as opening parliament and representing Sweden at the diplomatic level.

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