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A service was held at the Royal Chapel on 17 January 2016 at 11.00 am to celebrate King Harald V and Queen Sonja’s Silver Jubilee.

King Harald and Queen Sonja

King Harald and Queen Sonja

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden joined King Harald and Queen Sonja, and members of the Royal Family to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. They were wearing the King Harald V anniversary medal 1991-2016.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

The Church of Norway’s Bishop Helga Haughland Byfuglien and University Chaplin Bjørn Eirik Bjerkreim-Bentzen led the service, with singers from the Oslo Cathedral Choir and performances by trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen.
Trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen

Trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen

Government officials and family friends also attended the service.

Singers from the Oslo Cathedral Choir

 Norway’s television broadcaster NRK1 provided live coverage.
From l to right: Prince Sverre Magnus, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Crown Prince Haakon, Queen Sonja and King Harald.

From l to right: Prince Sverre Magnus, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Crown Prince Haakon, Queen Sonja and King Harald.

Princess Märtha Louise gave one of three Bible readings.
Princess Märtha Louise reads a passage from the Bible at service on 17 January 2016

Princess Märtha Louise

King Harald and Queen Sonja later met with well-wishers in the Palace Square.

They also also thanked the man government officials, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committees, the Confederation of Sports and several volunteers for organising a fantastic event.

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Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and their children later joined in some of the winter activities in the Palace Square, including skiing and the ice slide.

Queen Sonja also donned her cross-country skis to test the ski trails in the park with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess.

The King Harald V anniversary medal

The King Harald V anniversary medal (Kong Harald Vs jubileumsmedalje 1991–2016) was issued on 17 January 2016 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his accession.

The medal was awarded to members of the royal family, members of the royal court, the Kings Military Staff, other officials and visiting foreign guests.