King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway have a busy year when they both celebrate their 80th birthday in 2017. A number of events are already set in the program for this Norwegian royal year. The King and Queen will celebrate their birthdays together on 10 May, in addition to several private and public celebrations throughout the year.
Queen Sonja and King Harald have part of the programme ready. Not unexpectedly, there will be more winter sports activities for King Harald. In early February, he will attend the national championship in ski on Lygna in the county of Oppland and the Royal Family will attend the Holmenkollen Ski festival in March. There are also other birthdays to celebrate. Princess Astrid, the King’s sister, will turn 85 on 12 February but it is not known if there will be a separate celebration for her.
The King will be abroad on his birthday and celebrate privately with the family. The celebrations on 10 May will be the Norwegian government’s gift to the King and Queen. It has already been announced that more than 60 royal guests from all over the world will attend the celebration in Norway in May. On Queen Sonja’s birthday on 4 July, she will inaugurate a new project in castle park in Oslo. It will be an arena for arts and culture controlled and managed by the Royal Norwegian Castle.
The King and Queen will continue with their official tasks during the year. There are plans for a state visit from Iceland to Norway in March.