• The King of Sweden will undergo an operation
  • His daughter Princess Madeleine is expected to fly to Sweden
  • King Carl Gustaf's heart surgery is scheduled for Feb. 20

Princess Madeleine is expected to be back in Sweden soon – but for an unpleasant reason.

The Swedish Royal Family recently announced on its website that King Carl Gustaf, on the recommendation of his personal physician, will have heart surgery on Feb. 20.

He said the procedure has been planned for some time and will be performed using the "keyhole" technique, meaning it will be fairly non-invasive.

Swedish royals release a statement on the King's surgery

The statement from the royal house goes on to say: "A period of rest is recommended. This means that the king's planned engagements between February 20 and March 3 will be postponed until later in the spring.

"The king is feeling well and his official programme up to the day of the operation is being carried out as planned."

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Nevertheless, the Royal Family is certainly worried about their patriarch. As the newspaper Svensk Damtidning reports, Madeleine is expected to travel in from Florida.

The editor-in-chief Johan T. Lindwall says: "Now everyone is gathering in Drottningholm to support the king in this serious situation."

It remains to be seen if Princess Madeleine will actually come from the US for the operation.

If she does, it's unlikely that her family will join her. After all, her children are still of school age.

Of course, in addition to the royals, the Swedish public is also keeping their fingers crossed for the monarch before his procedure...

See more in the video above.