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King Harald and Queen Sonja attend military parade

On a sunny summer’s day, the King and Queen of Norway brought smiles to a military parade as they took part in an annual tradition.

The 3rd Royal Guards Company thrilled the public with their impressive drill demonstrations at the Palace Square in Oslo. As the crowd eagerly awaited the start of the display, King Harald stepped forward and greeted the guards with a warm smile, saying, “Good day, guards.” In perfect unison, the guards replied, “Good day, our King,” showcasing their discipline and respect.

This event has become a cherished tradition where His Majesty’s Guard showcase their musical and drill skills in Castle Square. It is not uncommon to see King Harald watching the performance from the Palace Balcony, fully engaged and proud of his guards. The last years he has been joined by the Queen.

The 3rd Royal Guard Company has been diligently preparing for this day throughout the autumn and winter months. Their rigorous training has enabled them to participate in various concerts, tattoos, exhibitions, and events both at home and abroad. Recently, their music and drill talents were showcased during tours in Southern Norway and Northern Norway, coinciding with the King and Queen’s county visits.

The annual military parade has become a symbol of national pride and unity, giving the public a chance to see the skill and precision of the guards. The tradition of the King and Queen of Norway showing their support has made it a special event for many that has developed into a new royal milestone every year.

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.