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Royalty from all over Europe, family friends and Norwegian officials celebrated King Harald V and Queen Sonja’s joint birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace in Oslo on Tuesday, 9 May.

Source: Det kongelige hoff

Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary had arrived aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog in Oslo.

Sophie Countess of Wessex represented Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
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Palace Square Celebrations


Celebrations kicked off in the Palace Square on Tuesday afternoon as crowds gathered in the Palace Square to enjoy entertainment including the King’s Guard, Oslo Soul Children and a performance by acrobats from the contemporary circus, Bjerke.

The crowds cheered, as some waved flags, as King Harald and Queen Sonja, with the members of the Royal Family, and their guests appeared on the balcony.


Actor Bjarne Hjelmeland gave a speech before the crowd sang Happy Birthday.

Gala Dinner at the Royal Palace

King Harald and Queen Sonja hosted a gala dinner at the Royal Palace.

Kongen og Dronningen på vei inn til gallamiddag i anledning sine 80-årsdager. Foto: Jon Eeg, NTB scanpix #Kongeparet80år

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According to NRK the dinner was cooked with produce from Norway. as the King and the Queen are keen to support local industries.

Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.

King Harald gave a welcome speech.

Then Queen Sonja gave her speech addressing family and friends.

Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Märtha Louise gave a speech during the dinner, focusing on childhood memories including Queen Sonja employing an Austrian chef to teach them how to make apple strudel.

Crown Prince Haakon surprised guests by shaving off his beard during the event.

Read the Speeches:

The celebrations continued on Wednesday, 10 May.

Lunch Aboard Norge

Royal guests including Sophie Countess of Wessex joined King Harald and Queen Sonja for a short cruise and lunch aboard the Royal Yacht Norge despite the wet weather.

Official Banquet


Read Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s Speech.

The Royal Guest List

Belgium
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

Denmark
Queen Margrethe II
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie – 10 May only

Great Britain
Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Greece
Queen Anne-Marie
Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana

Luxembourg
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie

Monaco
Prince Albert II

The Netherlands
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
Princess Beatrix
Prince Constantijn – 9 May only
Princess Mabel

Spain
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia – 10 May only

Sweden
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia

See more photos on the Norwegian Royal Family’s website.

The Norwegian Royal Family and their guests posed for this official photo prior to the gala dinner on Tuesday, 9 May, and before Crown Prince Haakon’s beard vanished!

King Harald and Queen Sonja celebrate their 80th anniversary. Photograph at the Royal Palace in Oslo.
Row 4 (l to r): HRH Princess Tatiana, HRH Prince Nikolaos, HRH Princess Mabel, HRH Prince Constantijn, HRH Prince Constantijn, HRH Prince Carl Philip, HRH Crown Princess Marie Chanta, HRH Crown Prince Pavlos, HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, HRH Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, HRH Sophie Countess of Wessex, Desiree Kogevinas, Carlos Euguster.
Row 3. Lady Elizabeth Shakerly, HM Queen Anne-Marie, HRH Princess Beatrix, HRH Prince Daniel, HRH Crown Princess Victoria, HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit, HRH Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Märtha Louise, HRH Crown Prince Frederik, HRH Crown Princess Mary, Madeleine Bernadotte Kogevinas, Bernhard Mach, Jenni Haukio.
Row 2. Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner, HM Queen Máxima, HM King Willem Alexander, HSH Prince Albert, HM Queen Silvia, HM King Carl Gustaf, HM Queen Sonja, HM King Harald V, HM Queen Margrethe, HRH Grand Duke Henri, HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, HM King Phillippe, HM Queen Mathilde, HE Finnish President, HE Islands President.
Row 1. Emma Tallulah Behn, Leah Isadora Behn, Maud Angelica Behn, HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus.

Hashtag: #Kongeparet80år