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Statue of Queen Sonja Unveiled in Park of Royal Palace

  July 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm by

One of Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday gifts was unveiled today in the park of the Royal Palace of Oslo: she received a bronze statue of herself from the Norwegian Tourist Association. It depicts the Queen, an avid hiker and nature person, sitting on a rock with her hiking backpack open next to her. It was designed and sculpted by Kirsten Kokkin, who said she envisioned Queen Sonja “overcoming a challenge, and reflecting … Continue reading

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A Royal Guard Inspection At Huseby Leir

  June 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm by

In the drizzling rain, King Harald V inspected the Hans Majestet Kongens Garde at their Oslo barracks, Huseby Leir, on Friday. He was accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon. The King went on to present annual awards to two guards. The Guard’s Watch, given to the ‘best guard of the year’, was awarded to Leading Private Siri Karine Borge Thøgersen, who is the first female to receive the honour since its inception in 1934. Lieutenant Even … Continue reading

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Nordic Heads of State Celebrate Finland’s 100th Anniversary

  June 1, 2017 at 6:22 pm by

On June 1, the heads of state of the Nordic countries celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of Finland’s independence. On June 1, 1917, Finland became an independent state after being controlled by theRussian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. The heads of state in attendance were Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson … Continue reading

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Gratulerer Med Dagen Norge! Norway Celebrates National Day

  May 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm by

The Norwegian Royal Family has helped the country celebrate National Day with traditional festivities at Skaugum and in Oslo. Crown Prince Haakon (who has already started to grow his beard back!) and Crown Princess Mette-Marit with their two children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus kicked off the day on the steps of their home in Asker, watching the Asker Municipality children’s parade go past. The family – joined … Continue reading

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More Celebrations In Norway!

  May 10, 2017 at 8:06 pm by

The 80th birthday celebrations of the Norwegian King and Queen continued on Wednesday, as their royal guests were treated to a cruise around the Oslo Fjord while enjoying lunch on the royal yacht Norge. King Harald and Queen Sonja and the guests present at the previous evening’s gala boarded the yacht from the Oslo Harbour, posing for photos upon arrival before climbing into smaller boats to cross the water to the … Continue reading

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Glittering Gala Banquet Honouring King Harald and Queen Sonja

  May 9, 2017 at 7:48 pm by

A glittering gala banquet was held at the Royal Palace of Oslo this evening to celebrate King Harald and Queen Sonja’s 80th birthdays. Ahead of the banquet, the Norwegian Royal Family – accompanied by their royal guests – gathered on the balcony of the Palace to watch entertainment by local school children and the military bands. A traditional Norwegian birthday song was played for the King and Queen, which led … Continue reading

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King Harald Marks Liberation and Veterans Day

  May 8, 2017 at 10:36 am by

King Harald of Norway marked Liberation and Veterans Day at the Akershus Fortress on Monday. He was joined by Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The King and Prime Minister both laid wreaths at the National Monument. During the ceremony, King Harald also awarded the War Cross with Sword to Marinejegerkommandoen Operator Ken Andersen for his “heroic advancements that have undoubtedly hampered loss of human life and further damage to infrastructure”. These efforts were during Andersen’s stationing … Continue reading

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Details of the 80th Birthday Celebrations of the Norwegian Royal Couple

  May 6, 2017 at 6:00 am by

The King and Queen of Norway are both turning eighty years old in 2017 (King Harald on February 21, and Queen Sonja on July 4) and will be having joint celebrations in a few days time. Below is an overview of the festivities and the foreign guests with confirmed attendance. Events May 9, 5:30pm: Entertainment in the Palace Square outside the Royal Palace of Oslo. King Harald, Queen Sonja, their family and … Continue reading

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Condolences Sent To Swedish King Following Terror Incident in Stockholm

  April 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm by

The King of Sweden has cut short an official visit to Brazil following a terrorist attack in central Stockholm that has killed at least four people on Friday afternoon. “It is with dismay the Royal Family and I have been informed of the attack in Stockholm this afternoon. The background and full extent of the incident is not yet known. We are closely following the developments, but our thoughts are already … Continue reading

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Icelandic President Pays State Visit to Norway

  March 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm by

The President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, has paid a state visit to Norway this week, on the invitation of King Harald V. The three-day visit began on Tuesday with an official welcoming ceremony in the Palace Square outside the Royal Palace of Oslo, where the President and the King inspected a guard of honour. Afterwards, inside the Palace, a photograph of the royal family – King Harald, Queen Sonja, … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: King Harald’s 70th Birthday Gala

  February 24, 2017 at 5:00 am by

As part of the multi-day festivities to celebrate his 70th birthday, King Harald V of Norway hosted a gala banquet at the Royal Palace of Oslo on February 24, 2007. Guests from across Europe’s royal houses were present, enjoying dinner, dancing and a firework display from the Palace balcony.

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King Harald V of Norway Marks Milestone 80th Birthday

  February 21, 2017 at 3:00 am by

The King of Norway today celebrates another milestone birthday: he turns eighty years old. Born in 1937 on the Skaugum Estate, Harald was the third child of the-then Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha, and as the couple’s only son, was the heir to the throne after his father (his sisters, Princesses Ragnhild and Astrid, did not have succession rights). Harald spent five years of his childhood living in the … Continue reading

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Norwegian Government To Host Gala Dinner For King & Queen’s 80th Birthdays

  December 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm by

The Norwegian government has confirmed it will be hosting a gala dinner to celebrate the 80th birthdays of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, who will both mark the milestone next year. Taking place at Akershus Castle, the dinner is being held on May 10, in between the respective birthdays of the royal couple – the King’s birthday is February 21, while the Queen’s is July 4.  The government’s second gift to … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja Becomes Third Queen To Miss Christmas Celebrations Due To Illness

  December 25, 2016 at 11:48 am by

This winter season has not been kind to Europe’s Queens! Queen Sonja of Norway has joined Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Silvia of Sweden in suffering from a serious cold which forced her – like the other two ladies – to miss out on Christmas festivities with the rest of the Norwegian Royal Family. King Harald V and the Crown Princely Family attended this morning’s Christmas church service at … Continue reading

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God Jul From Norway! Royals Release Christmas Photos

  December 20, 2016 at 5:55 pm by

The Norwegian Royal Family has released a few photographs from their Christmas photo session, that took place in the Dronningparken. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus gathered near one of the park’s gazebos, and shared gingerbread, tangerines and mulled wine around a fire pit. Also coming from the Norwegian Royal Court today was the announcement that the Crown Princess … Continue reading

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Colombian President Awarded Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

  December 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm by

In front of Norway’s King Harald V and other members of the royal family, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos was presented with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his role in helping end the Colombian civil war. The royals – King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit – sat in the centre of the Oslo Town Hall as President Santos received the award and delivered a … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals Attend Screening of ‘Kongens Nei’ in Jubilee Park

  September 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm by

A special screening of Kongens Nei, a film about King Haakon VII’s difficult decision during World War Two whether to surrender or not to Nazi German forces as they invaded Norway, took place tonight in the Jubilee Park at the Royal Palace of Oslo. King Harald and Queen Sonja invited the public to join them for an open-air cinema evening to end their jubilee celebrations this summer. Over 10,000 people – wearing … Continue reading

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A Garden Party At The Palace Park in Oslo

  September 1, 2016 at 5:15 pm by

The King and Queen of Norway hosted a garden party for 1,500 guests in the Palace Park this afternoon. Also attending were Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Princess Astrid. The three senior royal ladies looked lovely in their national costumes as the guests enjoyed musical and cultural performances. Both King Harald and Queen Sonja gave speeches during the garden party, thanking the guests … Continue reading

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King Harald Visits Sarpsborg To Mark City’s 1000th Anniversary

  July 29, 2016 at 11:40 am by

Norway’s King Harald V today paid a visit to the city of Sarpsborg to help celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the city’s founding by St. Olav (or King Olaf II) in 1016. Arriving by boat, the King was tasked with unveiling a new 4.5m high sculpture entitled ‘Genesis’ that shows the head and shoulders of a youth emerging from a pool of water. It has been created by artist Finn Eirik … Continue reading

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Royals Offer Condolences To France Following Terrorist Attack in Nice

  July 16, 2016 at 7:38 am by

After the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday night – as the country was full of joy celebrating Bastille Day – heads of state have offered their condolences to French President François Hollande and the victims and families of the 84 people killed in the attack. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth sent a message on behalf of herself and Prince Philip, offering “most sincere condolences to you, the families of … Continue reading

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