His Majesty King Harald of Norway had thanked the Norwegian people for all the congratulations and gifts he has received on his birthday. Through the Facebook account of the Norwegian royal court, King Harald said that he was very grateful for everything he received.
The Royal Court writes, “His Majesty the King thanks everyone for the many nice gifts and greetings he has received on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Take a look at some of the gifts he received on his birthday.” (see the photo at the top of this article).
His Majesty received congratulations through letters, cards, photos and many also submitted videos with their congratulations to the King. More than 9,300 wrote their greetings in the online greeting protocol which was posted on the royal court’s website. Also, many schools, kindergartens, senior-centres, institutions and companies have sent their congratulations.
The King himself was on vacation abroad with the family on his birthday, but many Norwegians nevertheless wanted to celebrate their King. The Prime Minister and the President of the Norwegian National Assembly were the first to write their greetings in the King’s birthday-protocol. The castle made it possible for ordinary Norwegians to write their addresses to the King in the protocol between the hours of 2 pm and 4 pm.
Half an hour before the castle opened, hundreds of people were in line in front of the castle gates. As the hours passed, it became apparent that not all attendance would have the opportunity to write their greeting to the King before the castle closed at 4 pm. Many of those who stood far back in the queue were worried that they waited in vain. The court thought it was very nice that so many wanted to congratulate the King on his birthday and therefore they decided to keep the castle open as long as there were people who wanted to write in the protocol.
On Saturday the King was celebrated with “pølsefest” and skiing.