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Exclusive: New details about King Harald and Queen Sonja’s birthday celebration

This year is a significant anniversary year for the Norwegian Royal Family. Last year, King Harald and Queen Sonja celebrated ruling Norway for 25 years, and this year, they both celebrate their 80th birthdays. This has already been highlighted on several occasions, but the big party is in mid-May. Royal Central can now announce that the King and Queen will also be celebrated by the military forces on 9 May.

A spokesperson from the Royal Lifeguard has stated to Royal Central that His Majesty the King’s Guard will host an honour parade in honour of the King and Queen on 9 May, the day before the Norwegian government is due to hold a big dinner in honour of Their Majesties. The spokesperson further revealed that the show would be held at the Palace Square in front of the Royal Norwegian Palace in Oslo.

Soldiers from the King’s Guard stand in the palace square when the King and the Queen arrive at the Royal Norwegian Palace. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

May will, therefore, be a very hectic month for the Norwegian Royal Family. On 8 May, the King will participate in the celebrations of the Norwegian liberation day. On 9 May, the parade will be held, and on the 10th of May, he and the Queen will be celebrated by the government with a grand gala dinner. Seven days later, Norway will celebrate its national day. Early in April, the King and Queen attended a dinner for Norwegian mayors in Oslo when all spontaneously stood up in respect for Their Majesties and sang the Norwegian birthday song for them.

What everyone is looking forward to is the summer celebration. The King and Queen will travel to the Norwegian inland and participate in a variety of activities. On Queen Sonja’s birthday on 4 July, she will inaugurate a new gallery in the Palace Park in Oslo. It will be an arena for arts and culture and will be controlled and managed by the Royal Norwegian Palace.

Follow Royal Central for extensive coverage of these events.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.

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