I now live in the south of Sweden; but, in the 60s and 70s, I lived in Stockholm. I've worked as a journalist and photographer for almost 30 years. I'm also a writer and have had four books published - with mostly nature photos. I am a member of the Swedish organisation Nature Photographers.
In 1976, I worked as a photographer for the christian daily newspaper Dagen. When Jim Irwin and his daughter Jill Cherie, visited HM the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, at the palace in Stockholm, I took a photo for the newspaper. Three days later, Irwin visited the editorial office and kindly signed the photo for me. (I happen to have the same name as the King.)
The photo session was at 11.00 am and I was asked to be there 45 minutes earlier. When I arrived, the guard asked my name. He made a phonecall and a fax arrived. He read it and said: "Carl-Gustaf Edhardt, NASA." I was a bit surprised, but smiled and said yes. He thought I was representative of NASA. Morgan told me later that this had been his own idea. A very nice person.
I had made a copy of the black & white 1976 photo and, while Morgan showed me around in the left wing of the Palace, he said we should show it to the King. Well, I did not think there was time or opportunity for that. At 10:45, the other photographers arrived and, at 11:00 sharp, Christer Fuglesang and his wife, Lisa, and the King and Queen arrived. They greeted each other and, after the one-minute photo session, the photographers were sent away. Only the press secretary and I, the "NASA representative" remained. Morgan took away the temporary barrier that had kept the photographers out of the seating area; and the King and Queen and their guests sat at a three-piece suite. Morgan presented me to the King and showed him the copy of the 1976 photo. The King thought it was interesting and asked me who the astronaut was. He had forgotten. I told him about Jim Irwin being the Lunar Model Pilot on Apollo 15 and the 8th man on the Moon. Christer Fuglesang was also interested. At the same time I took some pictures that no one else got. A very nice experience for a retired photographer. Thanks to NASA!
11 March 2007
Editor's note: King Carl XVI Gustaf was born in 1946 and succeeded his grandfather to the throne in 1973. The King and Queen married in June 1976.