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Sweden King Apologizes for Speeding

April 17, 2000

STOCKHOLM (AP) _ Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf apologized Monday for having gone over the speed limit when driving in Denmark over the weekend.

The king admitted that he had been driving too fast on his way to pick up his children at the Copenhagen airport Saturday for the celebrations of the Danish Queen Margrethe’s 60th birthday, which was Sunday.

Shortly after noon on Saturday a driver called the police and said he had been overtaken by two Swedish-registered Ferraris driving about 155 mph on the expressway around Copenhagen, the Swedish news agency TT reported.

The king said he was driving somewhere between 81 mph and 87 mph in a 68 mph zone, but denied he was going any faster.

``I’m sorry and I apologize,″ the king said via his press secretary Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg. ``We were late and had a few errands to run before we were to collect the youngsters at the airport.″

Asked if the king will be fined for speeding, Tarras-Wahlberg said ``this is a hypothetical question because he was not caught in any speed trap.″

Danish police had no comment.

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