On Sunday, His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja start their jubilee journey in the Norwegian interior as a part of the celebration of their 80th birthdays this year.
In four days, the King and Queen will visit Hamar, Tingnes, Kapp, Gjøvik, Lillehammer, Kvamsfjellet, Nord-Odal and Kongsvinger. Their travels will begin on Sunday and will end on Wednesday of next week.
Their Majesties will travel on the first day with the ship Skibladner, and on the remaining three days the journey will be conducted by car. On Monday, the King and Queen will visit Gudbrandsdalen where they will receive a theatre performance in the high mountains as a gift. King Harald and Queen Sonja will host a garden party for 600 guests at Maihaugen in Lillehammer on Tuesday.
On Wednesday the tour will conclude with a visit to the local industry in Odalen, and later on, the fortress in Kongsvinger.
King Harald celebrated his 80th birthday on 21 February, and Queen Sonja will turn 80 on 4 July. The King celebrated his birthday earlier this year with “pølsefest” and skiing. Norwegians also celebrated his birthday by turning out in large numbers to sign their best wishes to His Majesty at the Royal Palace in Oslo. The long lines forced the Royal Palace to extend its hours to allow his subjects to sign their congratulations. In May, the official celebration with European royals was in Oslo where more than 40 royal counterparts from all over Europe were gathered to celebrate the monarchs.
Royal Central’s Europe Correspondent will follow the King and Queen on the first and last day of the journey and report live from the events through his Twitter account. We will also publish articles and have many photos from the events over the next four days.