Consecration of King Harald V of Norway, 1991

The Consecration of King Harald V (wearing the Order of St. Olav and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit) and Queen Sonja of Norway (wearing the Order of St. Olav and the Royal Family Order of King Olav V) at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim on this day in 1991, a few months after their accession to the Throne following the death of his father, King Olav V. The service followed the example of the previous Consecration, which replaced the lavish coronation with a simpler service that used to be a part of the coronation rituals.

The Bishop of Nidaros read:

Consecrate King Harald V, strengthen and lead him in his work as King of Norway. Let his service to the people and the Church be a blessing,” he said, among other things.

Turning to the Queen, he said:

“Let her work be in support of the king’s deed. Help her use abilities and forces for the joy and benefit of Norway’s country and people,”

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