Happy Anniversary to King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, who got married on this day 49 years ago! In honour of their anniversary, we are featuring the wedding of the then Crown Prince Harald and Sonja Haraldsen-
Sonja Haraldsen arrived at Oslo Cathedral with King Olav, a great mark of approval as the King initially disapproved of the marriage and only relented after his only son and heir said he would remain a bachelor if he couldn’t marry Sonja.
The wedding ceremony took place at Oslo Cathedral and was officiated by the Bishop of Oslo.
After the ceremony, the new Crown Prince couple drove through the streets of Oslo in a 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible, later used at the wedding of their son, Crown Prince Haakon, in 2001.
Later, the Crown Prince and new Crown Princess of Norway waved to the crowds from the Balcony of the Royal Palace of Oslo, later joined by King Olav.
Royal guests at the wedding included Queen Ingrid of Denmark (wearing the Pearl Poire Parure), her father King Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, then Crown Princess Margrethe (wearing the Baden Palmette Tiara) and Prince Henrik of Denmark, Princess Margrethe of Denmark (wearing her Floral Tiara), King Baudoin of Belgium, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg, and Countess Ruth of Rosenborg.
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was originally scheduled to attend, but pulled out after the sudden death of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (a great friend of King Olav’s) just days before.