Then it was on to another parade, viewed from the palace balcony with King Harald and Queen Sonja. The ladies usually leave the traditional dress behind for this portion and go for the regular royal coat + hat thing, but not always and not this year. The gents changed into their top hat finery, as usual.
Lucky M-M has several styles to select from - make that very lucky M-M, since these can be pretty expensive - so why stick with just one for the day? She made a quick change into a Hardanger bunad given to her as a wedding gift. Queen Sonja's incredibly intricate East Telemark bunad is a favorite; though not lacking in options herself, she often reflects her family's Telemark roots.
Last but not least, they even united with #TeamShades, for one brief, shining (literally) moment.
Have I convinced you to spend some time in this rabbit hole with me? Good. Here's more:
- A gallery from this year.
- The Kristiansand municipality posted photos of Ingrid Alexandra's new outfit here.
- Aww, here's teenage Mette-Marit in the outfit she wore yesterday.
- Here's a quick, fun video showing 70 years of the royal family on the balcony. You could also title this Hats: A History.
Photos: via Getty Images as indicated and NRK screencaps