King Harald and Queen Sonja will be celebrating their 80th Birthday’s in a grand celebration this week in Oslo. Click HERE to read about the events and the guest list for this year. In honour of the occasion, we are flashing back to King Harald’s previous birthday celebrations. Click HERE to the celebrations for his 21st Birthday, HERE to the celebrations for his 40th Birthday, and HERE to take a look at the celebrations for their 60th Birthdays.
The celebrations started on the evening of February 21st, the King’s actual birthday. There was a gala dinner at the Akershus Fortress in Oslo for Norwegians. The entire royal family were present, but there were no foreign royal guests. The next evening, there was a private dinner for the foreign guests at Skaugum, the home of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Gala Concert at the Oslo City Hall
On February 23rd, there was a Gala Concert at the Oslo City Hall, which was attended by the Norwegian royal family and foreign royal guests.
Queen Sonja of Norway wore a stunning white gown with diamond earrings, a riviere, and a large diamond floral brooch (see below). King Harald wore Black Tie.
Crown Prince Haakon woreBlack Tie. Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a one-shouldered grey gown (later repeated at Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding celebrations in 2010) with statement earrings and a diamond brooch.
Princess Martha Louise wore a purple gown with diamond earrings. Her (now ex) husband Ari Behn wore Black Tie.
Queen Silvia of Sweden wore a red sequined gown with a modern gold and ruby suite. King Carl Gustaf wore Black Tie.
Crown Princess Victoria wore a white and brown gown, covering it with a black coat in the photo above. Princess Madeleine wore a short pink dress.
Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg wore a draped green with a large emerald pendent and emerald earrings. Grand Duke Henri wore Black Tie.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark wore Black Tie. Crown Princess Mary wore a black gown with fur and aquamarine earrings.
Prince Joachim of Denmark (then divorced from his first wife) wore Black Tie, arriving with his cousin Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, who was wearing black with pearls and statement earrings.
Queen Anne Marie of Greece wore a navy skirt and red top, wearing pearls with her topaz brooch. King Constantine wore Black Tie.
Princess Alexia of Greece wore a black skirt and floral blouse, pairing her two-strand pearl necklace with stud earrings. Her husband, Carlos Morales Quintana, wore Black Tie.
Princess Anne of the United Kingdom arrived (wearing a cape which has been called a horse blanket, but I personally like it) with her brother, the Earl of Wessex (in Black Tie). Later, she took of her cape to reveal a teal skirt and blazer, paired with aquamarine jewels. Her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, wore Black Tie.
The Duchess of Gloucester wore a red velvet gown with the pearls and emeralds given as a wedding gift to her mother-in-law. The Duke of Gloucester wore Black Tie.
Crown Prince (now King) Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands wore Black Tie. Then Crown Princess Maxima wore a black velvet gown with a fur lined jewels. She also wore emerald earrings, a large brooch and pendent, and a brooch in her hair.
Princess Laurentian of the Netherlands wore a Indian-inspired red gown and jacket with pieces from the Borneo parure. Prince Constantjin wore Black Tie (and walking sticks).
Princess Mabel wore a black skirt with a (inappropriately see-through) black lace top and statement earrings. Prince Friso (now deceased) wore Black Tie.
Gala Dinner at Royal Palace
After spending the day with outdoor activities, King Harald and Queen Sonja hosted a Banquet at the Royal Palace of Oslo. This Banquet was similar to the one there will be tomorrow.
Queen Sonja wore an olive skirt and brown top with the tiara, necklace, earrings, and brooch of the Norwegian Emerald parure, as well as the Order of St. Olav. King Harald wore White Tie with medals, honours, and the Order of St. Olav.
Crown Princess Mette Marit wore a cream top and salmon pink skirt with the Diamond Daisy Tiara, chandelier earrings, and the Order of St. Olav. Crown Prince Haakon wore White Tie with medals, honours, and the Order of St. Olav.
Queen Silvia of Sweden wore a rust gown with the Nine Prong Tiara, diamond riviere, earrings, and brooch with the Order of St. Olav. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg wore White Tie with medals, honours, and the Order of St. Olav.
Queen Anne Marie of Greece wore a blue gown with the Greek Emerald Tiara, earrings, and the pendents hanging from her grandmother’s necklace. Princess Cristina of Sweden wore a pink gown and lace jacket with her personal tiara (which was stolen in 2012 and thrown in a river).
Grand Duchess Maria Theresa wore a pale gown with the Vine Leaves Tiara, Chaumet choker, pearl brooch, and the Order of St. Olav. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden wore White Tie with medals, honours, and the Order of St. Olav.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore her famous burgundy velvet gown with her Wedding Tiara, wedding earrings, and the Order of St. Olav. The Earl of Wessex wore White Tie with medals, honours, and the Order of the Garter.
Crown Princess (now Queen) Maxima of the Netherlands wore a pale green gown with the Antique Pearl Tiara. Then Crown prince Willem-Alexander wore White Tie with medals, honours, and the Order of St. Olav.
Princess Laurentian wore a red gown with Queen Emma’s Diamond Tiara. Princess Mabel wore a red gown with her Spike Tiara. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, husband of Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, wore White Tie.
Crown Princess (now Queen) Mathilde of Belgium wore a sequined pale gown with her Laurel Wreath Tiara. Princess Martha Louise wore a floral gown with King Olav’s Gift tiara and a large diamond necklace.
The Duchess of Gloucester wore a blue gown with the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara, topaz and diamond necklace, brooch, and diamond earrings as well as the Royal Victoria Order. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore a purple gown with the Baden Fringe Tiara, diamond earrings, riviere with amethyst pendent, and bow brooch.
Princess Astrid of Norway wore an embroidered blue gown with the Vasa Tiara, diamond necklace, earrings, brooch and the Order of St. Olav. Prince Joachim of Denmark wore White Tie with medals, honours, and the Order of St. Olav.
Countess Ruth of Rosenborg wore a pink gown with pearls and the Rosenborg Kokoshnik Tiara. Sir Timothy Laurence wore White Tie.
After the dinner and ball, the royal guests saw fireworks from the balcony.