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The celebration of King Harald and Queen Sonja – the guest list

Royal guests from all over Europe will celebrate King Harald and Queen Sonja’s 80th birthdays next week in Oslo, Norway. Royal Central can now reveal that from the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, as well as the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg will attend the celebrations. This was confirmed by the Grand Ducal Court in an email to Royal Central yesterday. The last time members of Luxembourg’s Grand Ducal Family were present in Oslo was during the official state visit in 2011.

Between 30 and 40 guests from Europe’s royal families are expected to travel to Oslo next Tuesday and Wednesday. Additionally, the Icelandic and Finnish presidents will come. The Swedish Royal Family is to be represented by King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. While from Denmark, Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will attend.

This group picture was taken on King Harald and Queen Sonja’s 70th birthday celebrations in 2007. Photo: Bjørn Sigurdsøn, the Royal Court.

Buckingham Palace confirmed to the Norwegian newspaper VG that the Windsor family will be represented in Oslo, but since the visit is private, they will not reveal who will be their representatives. It is likely that the British Royal Family will be represented by the Queen’s youngest child, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and his wife, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex. They have represented Her Majesty for various European royal events in the past.

The Belgian Royal Court has also confirmed to Royal Central that the King and Queen of the Belgians will attend. From the Norwegian Royal Family, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise and Princess Astrid will attend the events. However, the grandchildren of Their Majesties will not attend the official celebrations.

The royal families from Greece, Monaco and the Netherlands are also expected to be attending the celebration of King Harald and Queen Sonja. For security reasons, the royal courts are reluctant to tell who will travel to Oslo. However, Svenskdam reports that King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix will be in attendance. Friday, Spain’s Casa Real updated the calendar on their website. It was then revealed that former King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía would attend on behalf of the Spanish Royal Family.

Royal Central will be present in Oslo during the celebration next week and will give our readers the latest updates and the best pictures of Europe’s royal families.

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