9 May 2017

Official celebrations of the King and Queen of Norway


The official celebrations of the King and Queen of Norway, who both turn 80 this year, take place on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th of May 2017. The celebrations include among others a gala banquet at the Royal Palace on Tuesday evening, a cruise with the royal yacht on Wednesday and the Norwegian Government's dinner at the Opera House on Wednesday evening.

The Royal Court has released the following list of heads of state and royals attending the celebrations:

Norway
  • Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
  • Princess Märtha Louise
  • Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner
Denmark
  • Queen Margrethe II
  • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Marie (10 May only)
Sweden
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
  • Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
**
  • Madeleine Kogevinas and Bernhard Mach
  • Desirée Kogevinas and Carlos Eugster
Luxembourg
  • Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa
  • Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie
Monaco
  • Prince Albert II
The Netherlands
  • King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
  • Princess Beatrix
  • Prince Constantijn (9 May only) 
**
  • Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau
Belgium
  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
Spain
  • King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia (10 May only)
United Kingdom
  • HRH The Countess of Wessex
**
  • Lady Elizabeth Shakerley
Greece
  • Queen Anne Marie
  • Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
  • Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana
Finland
  • President Sauli Niinistö and Jenni Haukio
Iceland
  • President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Eliza Reid
All in all 183 guests were present at the Royal Palace on Tuesday. When the royals greeted the people from the balcony, all the grandchildren of the king and queen were present - Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus, Maud Angelica Behn, Leah Isadora Behn and Emma Tallulah Behn. They were also included in the official photo which was published on Tuesday night.

In addition to the royals and dignitaries above also representatives of the official Norway were present, and surely also other family members of the king and queen. I wasn't able to watch TV when the guests arrived, so I am not able to give more details at present. Further details about the celebrations can be found at the official website. For photos of some of the guests, go here.

Updated on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 00:05 (one link replaced).

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