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Old 02-21-2017, 12:46 AM
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Thank you for your brilliant posts, Royal Norway. As far as I can judge, King Harald is a laudably unpretentious, genial, honorable, and solicitous monarch who keeps up with the times.
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It bubbles over with articles about Norway's beloved king. I will translate some of them later.

The King's 80 years in pictueres (VG)
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Although His Majesty is abroad with his family, TV2 news channel has sent live from the palace, had experts in the studio, spoken with the Prime Minister, been in a kindergarten where the children sang to the king, spoken with young people (who just love him) and calls him the best king in the world.

People have been interviewed in the streets and talks about how inclusive, warm and modern he is. Many say his speeches has changed their lives.

This is written by a 16 year old, and it just says a bit about the extreme position he has here. The palace had to keep the doors up longer today because the queues with people (many of them young people) who wanted to congratulate the King were so longe.

Gratulerer med dagen, Kong Harald. Her er mitt ønske. | Iver Daaland Åse - Aftenposten
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Today, King Harald has birthday, so I thought he deserves a speach. Dear King Harald, Norway's great pride and role model, whose words captivates an entire world. Happy Birthday! Eighty years and ever equally vigorous. You show in a magnificent way how well Norway can be at times, and I am grateful!

In your now world famous speech from garden party Slottsparken you said:

"The Norwegians believe in God, Allah, Altet and Nothing. Norwegians like Grieg and Kygo, Hellbillies and Kari Bremnes. In other words, Norway is you."
His Majesty's life in pictures:
Kongen fyller 80: Her er Haralds liv i bilder - Aftenposten
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Old 02-25-2017, 01:32 PM
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I wrote in post 34/35 (where I went through past royal celebrations) that I thought the entire 80th birthday celebrations might be a non event in comparison to the King/Queen's big joint 60th birthday celebrations in 1997 and the King's even bigger 70th birthday in 2007, but it looks like I was wrong.

The Royal Court's Communications Manager Marianne Hagen informed on live television on February 21 that it will be held a gala dinner at the royal palace on May 9 with foreign guests present. (most likely white tie with tiaras and everything)

On May 10, there will be a dinner given by the government at the Opera House. The royal experts also believe that the royal family and their foreign guests will make an appearance on the balcony earlier in the day.
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Old 02-25-2017, 02:57 PM
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Happy to hear look forward to pics in May.

Not surprising. It's not like a big birthday every year or every five years. Every ten years for milestone birthdays is fitting. Especially considering it is a joint birthday for the queen and king.
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Old 02-28-2017, 04:54 PM
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The unreliable magazine Se og Hør published yesterday what they call exclusive pictures of the royal family on their vacation in Cape Town where they celebrated the King's 80th birthday.

The front page:
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The Royal Court's Communications Manager Marianne Hagen informed on live television on February 21 that it will be held a gala dinner at the royal palace on May 9 with foreign guests present. (most likely white tie with tiaras and everything)

On May 10, there will be a dinner given by the government at the Opera House. The royal experts also believe that the royal family and their foreign guests will make an appearance on the balcony earlier in the day.
I wonder if Charles and Camilla will attend the white tie dinner on 9 May? The BRF are close to the NRF, so if there were to be a royal birthday party C&C were likely to attend, this would be it.
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I wonder if Charles and Camilla will attend the white tie dinner on 9 May? The BRF are close to the NRF, so if there were to be a royal birthday party C&C were likely to attend, this would be it.
Charles and Camilla are close to the King and Queen, so the possibility exists. But I reckon that it is Anne (also very close to the King and Queen) and/or Edward and Sophie who will be present.

And as I wrote in post 34:

Princess Anne and Prince Edward were among the many foreign guests in Norway under the Silver Wedding Anniversary in 1993.

Prince Charles were among the many foreign guests in Norway under the joint 60th Birthday Celebration in 1997.

Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were among the many foreign guests in Norway under the King's 70th Birthday in 2007.

More about the celebration in May:

The highly reliable royal expert Kjell Arne Totland said on television some days ago that he has heard that the dinner at the Opera House on May 10 will be white tie with tiaras, orders and everything, which I doubt, since there will be a gala dinner at the Palace the day before.
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The unreliable magazine Se og Hør published yesterday what they call exclusive pictures of the royal family on their vacation in Cape Town where they celebrated the King's 80th birthday.

The front page:
https://dbstatic.no/67342387.jpg?ima...321&height=432
Front page of an other magazine:
Haakon y Mette-Marit de Noruega, contra viento y marea | Mujerhoy.com
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the Daily Mail has a lot of photos of the family enjoying their vacation
Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit put on a loved-up display | Daily Mail Online
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Lumutqueen posted this article in the general news thread, and as I wrote there: I don't think Se og Hør (a controversial magazine) should have published these photos at all.

The King is a bit frail and have difficulty walking but still have around 300 official duties each year: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/...9087599563.jpg
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Sorry I saw that post after, and I remember you had mentioned the holiday here.
yes, I was surprised by the large amount of photos in the dailymail.
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Sorry I saw that post after, and I remember you had mentioned the holiday here.
yes, I was surprised by the large amount of photos in the dailymail.
There's nothing to be sorry for. I was also very surprised to see the Se og Hør photos in the Daily Fail.

In other news: I don't think it's a long time until we get more information about the celebrations in May. I have an idea after talking with two royal experts, but since they (very often) are wrong, I will wait to say anything until I'm sure.
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Kong Haralds ungdomsstafett og pølsefest på Skimuseet - kongehuset.no
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On the occasion of King Harald's 80th birthday celebration in 2017, the Association for the Promotion of Skiing, the Norwegian Ski Federation and the Norwegian Confederation of Sports invites King Harald, the Royal Family and the participants of King Harald's youth relay to pølsefest (party for the children/youngsters with hotdogs.) at Holmenkollen on March 11.
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"On the occasion of King Harald's 80th birthday celebration in 2017, the Association for the Promotion of Skiing, the Norwegian Ski Federation and the Norwegian Confederation of Sports invites King Harald, the Royal Family and the participants of King Harald's youth relay to pølsefest (party for the children/youngsters with hotdogs.) at Holmenkollen on March 11. "

"His Majesty King Harald was celebrated with pølsefest tonight. The royal family and over 100 young cross-country skiers from across the country participated."

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More about the pølsefest. I have no time to translate this article now, but watch the video: https://www.nrk.no/norge/kong-harald...len-1.13421413
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It is marvelous to include a hot dog party with youth athletes in the celebrations of the sovereign's 80th birthday. It would be unheard-of in various other monarchies.


A long queue of well-wishers - The Royal House of Norway

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Congratulations poured into the Royal Palace on 21 February in celebration of the 80th birthday of His Majesty King Harald.

Many marked the occasion by sending their greetings and good wishes online, on paper, as drawings and video clips.

Some 9 300 messages were posted on the congratulatory message register on the kongehuset.no website. They came from Norway and abroad, from individuals and from institutions, from families, school classes, nursery schools and senior centres. The register is no longer open for new entries, but it is possible to read the thousands of congratulatory messages by following on the link in the link list (primarily in Norwegian).

Register of congratulations at the Royal Palace


The official register of congratulations was set up at the main gate of the Royal Palace. The President of the Storting, Mr Olemic Thommessen, was the first to sign, followed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Starting at 10:00 am the diplomatic corps had the opportunity to leave their congratulatory messages. Ambassadors from countries around the world came to the Royal Palace to sign the register.

http://www.royalcourt.no/aim/kongehu...try=370x555%3E


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Children’s drawings

Many children have sent lovely drawings to the King, such as this one by six-year-old Martine.

http://www.royalcourt.no/aim/kongehu...try=370x555%3E


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Facebook messages

Many people posted a congratulatory message to the King on the Royal House of Norway’s official Facebook page – Kongehuset. The Nordic Tenors made the most of the opportunity. With the help of their Facebook friends, the musical trio put together this video clip to wish the King a happy birthday:

http://www.royalcourt.no/video.html?tid=151888

King Harald spent the day of his birthday together with his family. Both the King and the Queen turn 80 this year, and there will be an official celebration in May.
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The pølsefest looks nice event with free atmosphere. Super idea how to celebrate birthday.

Thank you for the video Royal Norway! I enjoyed it.
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It is marvelous to include a hot dog party with youth athletes in the celebrations of the sovereign's 80th birthday. It would be unheard-of in various other monarchies.
Agree! And thanks for your contribution to this thread.

Glad to see that other members have started to take an interest in this thread and as I said in another post here, I know that people are interested because I see that people are here to read, and some of them uses the thank button.

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The pølsefest looks nice event with free atmosphere. Super idea how to celebrate birthday.

Thank you for the video Royal Norway! I enjoyed it.
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As I said in post 41, It bubbled over with articles about Norway's beloved king from 20th to 22th of February. I will translate some of them later.

Here is a long article from VG + (a paying part of VG) where they go through all of the King's 80 years, they also added pictures to some of the years. This is the first 10, and I will translate the other 70 in the coming days: Kong Harald år for år i 80 punkter: I dag er han 80 år - VG+
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King Harald each year in 80 points:

Today he is 80.

Today it is 80 years since King Harald V was born. Here are glimpses of each year that has passed, until he become the whole of Norway's people's king.

1938 (1 year): The prince live happily at Skaugum along with his big sisters Princess Astrid and Princess Ragnhild, mother, Crown Princess Märtha and father Crown Prince Olav.
Picture: http://touch.vg.no/out/images/articl...iskebilder.jpg

1939 (2 years): Grandfather King Haakon takes care of the prince and princesses while their parents are at their 70-day trip to the US. When Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha return home with the American Boat Stavangerfjord, King Haakon took the kids to Bergen to meet them.

1940 (3 years): The winter is spent at Skaugum. When Germany invades Norway on April 9, Crown Princess Märtha and the children flees to her family in Sweden, before traveling to the United States in August.
Picture: http://touch.vg.no/out/images/articl...eb62fc738e.jpg

1941 (4 years): Princess Martha and her three children live in Washington untill the war ends. They often visit President Franklin D. Roosevelt at his home in Hyde Park, New York.

1942 (5 years): At Christmas, Princess Ragnhild, Prince Harald and Princess Astrid sends greetings to the Norwegian people through radio from the United States.
Picture: http://touch.vg.no/out/images/articl...iskebilder.jpg

1943 (6 years): During the war, the Crown Prince family is visiting the training camp for Norwegian pilots in Canada, Little Norway several times.

1944 (7 years): On Norway's National Day, Prince Harald leads the parade near the family's home at Pook's Hill in Maryland.

1945 (8 years): Prince Harald come back to Oslo with his mother, sisters and grandfather King Haakon, on June 7, 1945. Crown Prince Olav had already arrived in the country a few days earlier. The family are met
by a joyous crowd.

1946 (9 years): The parents breaks royal traditions with private education, and allows Prince Harald to be a pupil at Smestad school in Oslo.

1947 (10 years): Participates in the official celebration of King Haakon 75th birthday. The gift from the Norwegian people is the Royal Yacht Norway.
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Sonja looks stunning for her age. I can't believe she's almost 80 looking at the pics. She really looks wonderful.

Long live Harald and Sonja.
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