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.
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.
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.
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.
The Royal Guest List
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
Queen Margrethe II
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie – 10 May only
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie
Prince Albert II
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
Prince Constantijn – 9 May only
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia – 10 May only
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!