It is 75 years ago when large crowds greeted King Haakon VII when he returned home on 7 June 1945 after World War II ended.
Crown Prince Olav had returned on 13 May from the United Kingdom whilst Crown Princess Märtha and their three children, Princess Ragnhild, Princess Astrid and Prince Harald had lived in the United States.
They had accompanied King Haakon as they boarded HMS Norfolk, with the Norwegian national anthem playing, as they left Edinburgh on 5 June.
When the HMS Norfolk reached the Oslo Fjord, Crown Prince Olav came aboard to join the rest of his family.
However, the children borrowed large coats from the crew due to the cold, dismal weather.
The whole Norwegian Royal Family were finally home after living five years in exile during World War II.
King Haakon also addressed huge crowds at the City Hall Square, saying it had been a difficult choice to leave Norway
Haakon VII had chosen the date as it was the anniversary since the Storting had dissolved the union with Sweden on 7 June 1905, and gained full independence, which led to his appointment as King of Norway.
Princess Astrid Remembers
Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner says the weather was bad so they couldn’t see land. However, she does remember the many small boats which greeted the HMS Norfolk at the mouth of the Oslo Fjord.
It was our first meeting with “Norway”. All the boats were decorated with leaves and Norwegian flags. As we sailed inland towards Oslo, there were more and more boats. In the end, there were so many boats that we could almost go dry-shore.Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner
However, the Princess said King Haakon was worried and wondered how the people would welcome him when he arrived home.
After all, King Haakon had said ‘no’ to the Germans which led to many Norwegians dying during the war.
Huge crowds greeted the Royal Family when they set foot upon the shore at Honnørbryggen in Oslo.
Princess Astrid described it as ‘overwhelming’ as they passed through the crowded city to the Royal Palace.
She was surprised to see all the court employees, who were at the Royal Palace when they left, standing at the open windows.
Friends, whom they hadn’t seen in ‘five long years’ were brought to the palace to greet the Royal Family when they arrived home.
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