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King of Norway Opens 162nd Session of Stortinget

  October 9, 2017 at 3:51 pm by

The King of Norway has opened the 162nd session of the Stortinget, the Norwegian parliament, on Monday October 9th. In his one and only visit to the Stortinget for the year, King Harald delivered the government’s aims for the coming year from the throne before declaring the session open. He spoke of the government’s aim to “develop a society that is sustainable in economic, social and environmental terms”, while also discussing … Continue reading

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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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The Queen of Norway Celebrates 80th Birthday

  July 4, 2017 at 2:00 am by

Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway today reaches a milestone birthday: she turns eighty years old. She was born in 1937 in Oslo, the youngest of Karl August and Dagny Haraldsen’s four children. Following the end of World War Two (during which both her surviving siblings left Norway for neutral Sweden), Sonja studied dressmaking and tailoring (a logical choice as her father was a clothing merchant and ran a store in … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja Opens Ninth Momentum Biennial

  June 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm by

At the Punkt Ø in Moss on Saturday, Queen Sonja was present for the official opening of the Momentum 9 – Nordic Art Biennial, an exhibition of contemporary art which is currently in its ninth year. The Queen saw art works in the Galleri F15 and Momentum Kunsthall galleries during her visit. This year, the exhibition is showcasing artwork under the theme ‘alienation’. It will run until October 11. Dronningen var i dag med på … 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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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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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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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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Norway’s Queen Opens Art Exhibition in London

  September 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm by

In a collaboration with musician and visual artist Magne Furuholmen, Queen Sonja of Norway has opened an exhibition entitled TEXTURE at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London. The art works are a thematic combination of text and nature, as these are the two aspects the Queen and Mr Furuholmen work largely with. Graphic prints taken by the Queen during her nature walks have been overlaid with photographs of Mr Furuholmen’s sculpture works. … 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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Norwegian Royals Mark Silver Jubilee in Trondheim

  June 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm by

The Norwegian Royal Family has celebrated the 25th anniversary of King Harald’s consecration in Trondheim, the city where the ceremony took place back in 1991. A commemorative church service was held this morning at the Nidaros Cathedral, the traditional site for consecrations of Norwegian Kings. King Harald and Queen Sonja were joined by their two children, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Martha Louise, with their families, as well as the King’s … Continue reading

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Jubilee Park Opened in Oslo By Royal Grandchildren

  June 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm by

Four of King Harald and Queen Sonja’s grandchildren today were on hand to help open the Jubilee Park at Dronningparken which sits in the grounds of the Royal Palace of Oslo. Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus, Leah Isadora and Emma Tallulah Behn each planted a rowan tree as part of the opening, which included the unveiling of an ‘insect hotel’ that was the gift of the City of Oslo to the King for … Continue reading

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Mette-Marit Skips Polish State Banquet Due To Back Pain

  May 24, 2016 at 5:35 am by

The president of Poland and his wife started their state visit to Norway yesterday. They were received in Oslo by King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Astrid amidst pouring rains.  Queen Sonja was sensible enough to wear a pair of boots. After the welcoming ceremony the king escorted the president to Akerhus where the president laid a wreath at the monument for the … Continue reading

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