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GALLERY: King Harald and Queen Sonja’s Silver Jubilee


Photo: Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

King Harald marked his Silver Jubilee on 17 January 2016 with a series of events held throughout the year in Norway. As he marks 30 years on the throne, let’s take a look back at his last big jubilee event.

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On the morning of 17 January, the Norwegian Royal Family gathered on the balcony at the Royal Palace to thank well-wishers gathered outside.

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King Harald waves to the crowds.

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, and Princess Astrid of Norway are also in attendance at the balcony event.

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After a service at the Royal Chapel, the Norwegian Royal Family enjoys a Winter Festival held outside in the Palace Square.

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A new family portrait is released to mark King Harald’s Silver Jubilee, featuring his children and grandchildren.

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The Norwegian Royal Family, and various guests, pose for an official portrait following a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit hosted a gala dinner for King Harald and Queen Sonja, attended by members of various European royal families, at their residence in Skagum.

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Throughout the summer of 2016, King Harald and Queen Sonja undertake a Silver Jubilee Tour of Norway. Here, they’re pictured in Trondheim.

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Here, they are pictured in Stavanger.

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Here, they are pictured in Bergen.

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Here, they are pictured in Kristiansand.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.