Norwegian royal family | 50 years of marriage in 2018 | Norway

After a troubled ten-year courtship, the current King Harald V of Norway finally got to marry his Miss Sonja Haraldsen on the 29th of August 1968.
LA Dahlmann | talk NORWAY
King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway in 2016. | Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs - Det kongelige hoff.
King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway in 2016. | Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs - Det kongelige hoff.

Since Harald’s accession to the throne in 1991, he and Sonja have lifted the Norwegian monarchy into the realm of the new millennium.

King Harald V

Among the Norwegians, King Harald is widely known for his great ability to show empathy and compassion – and not to forget his dry wit. He is a man that will make you laugh.

Where his father, King Olav V, was known as the people’s king, King Harald could well be described as a king among his people. Every woman and man in need of support can be sure to have him watch their back. He is a man so down to earth, so loyal to his family and his people, that if you came upon him in the street, your first reaction would probably be to give him a hug.

King Harald is a world class sailor and a gold medallist, both in European and World championships.

Queen Sonja

Queen Sonja had a tough start to her royal life, fighting the old world misogyny of the Norwegian court. As the country’s new crown princess in 1968, it took her a long time just to get her own office.

Alongside her husband, she has been a driving force behind the modernisation of the Norwegian royal house.

Through her interest in art, she has contributed significantly to the preservation of royal buildings and royal collections.

Queen Sonja is an avid outdoors person and has visited most sections of the majestic Norwegian landscape – often accompanied by her good friend, Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

Like Queen Margrethe, Queen Sonja is also an artist – and in more recent years she has had several exhibitions, presenting her own work. In 2017, in connection with Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday, Queen Maud’s old stables at the royal palace in Oslo were opened as an exhibition area. We strongly recommend that you pay them a visit, the next time you are in the Norwegian capital.

Read more about The Royal House of Norway by visiting their website www.royalcourt.no (external link)

The children

One can argue that by taking a closer look at someone’s children, you will also be able to say something about their parents. The King and Queen’s two children, Princess Märtha Louise and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, are compassionate, passionate and grounded individuals – and a big credit to their father and mother.

The below video is from the fantastic vaults of British Pathé. Visit their YouTube channel to see more of world history.

Our most recent posts

My Norwegian heritage

This beautiful oil painting by Johan Christian Dahl says a lot about generations of Norwegians - and the landscape and the skills they knew.
Are you hailing from Sykkylven in Møre og Romsdal, Norway? Well, then you might be related to the great film and television icon that was James Arness.
In the old farming society, nature dictated the flow of the working year. And farmworkers could only leave their jobs on 2 specific days during the year.
The wild ocean world of Værøy in Lofoten, Norway, was the birthplace of Mimmi Benjaminsen – born in 1894. Here are some of her childhood memories.
In the spring, the Norwegian mountain-snow melts and turns into creeks, rivers and magnificent waterfalls.
Here are 12 historical photos representing the fascinating Sami culture - with deep roots in the Norwegian and Nordic landscape.
Lystring is a Norwegian verb that means catching fish or other water creatures in the dark, using a fire torch to attract the fish and a multi-pronged spear.
Myrmelk is a Norwegian noun that means milk conserved in a container buried in a mountain peat bog, left there for herders or others to drink at a later stage.
The horse no longer roams wild in the Norwegian landscape. But it still has an important place in the Norwegian psyche.
The Norwegian farm horse was a reliable and powerful companion. But by the late 1960s, they were almost all gone. Enjoy this video-collection of wonderful vintage photographs.
A kjenge is a drinking bowl used in the old Norwegian farming society – usually with two handles - carved and hollowed out from one piece of wood.
When I was a boy, it was the workhorse that pulled the heaviest weight in agricultural life. And this had been the reality for as long as anyone could remember.
Uff da! is a Norwegian interjection, often used to express sympathy. For example when a child falls over: Uff da! Slo du deg? - meaning Poor you! Did you hurt yourself?
The Stone age people were master hunters, fishers, and gatherers. The lived with the seasons and followed the prey.
Some of the beautiful Norwegian wooden stave churches are almost 1000 years old. Today, there are 28 of them left.
A kipe is a tall, woven basket, often made of twigs from the birch tree. It was carried on the back, and typically used when carrying loads in a landscape full of steep fields and paths.
The traditional Sami houses, the goahti, were in use until well into our own time. Anders Larsen tells us how he remembers them from the coastal Sami communities in northern Norway.
For thousands of years, milk from the domesticated animals has had a dominant position in the Norwegian diet. People used milk from the cow, the reindeer, the sheep and the goat.
At Easter in 1906, renowned Norwegian photographer Anders Beer Wilse took this series of photos on a trip with a group of friends.
The horse settled in the Scandinavian landscape after the last ice age. Let us meet this majestic animal - and follow in its footsteps.
Skjemat is a Norwegian noun that means food eaten with a spoon - often before or after the main course at dinner. It could be porridge, soup, dessert, and more.

Follow us on social media

Norwegian history