09 May 2017

Open Post: King Harald and Queen Sonja's 80th Birthday Celebrations

The joint celebration for King Harald V and Queen Sonja's 80th birthdays is today (May 9) and tomorrow (May 10), and this is your open post for chatting on both days, whether you are able to watch things live (when and where available) or are catching up ahead of our posts on the events.


Here's a partial itinerary (all in Oslo time, which is 6 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone; here's a time zone converter):
  • May 9
    • 6:30 pm: The King, Queen, and many of their royal guests appear on the palace balcony as the crowd sings them the birthday song.
    • 7:00 pm and after: Guests begin to arrive for the evening's white tie (and tiara!) gala banquet. Guest arrivals and greetings, the procession into the banquet hall, and the speeches will be broadcast. Check out our post on the gala banquet here.
  • May 10
    • 11:00 am: The royal family and guests board the royal yacht for a luncheon cruise. Check out our post on the cruise here.
    • 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Royal guests travel with the family in a motorcade to the Oslo Opera House, where the government gives its dinner for the King and Queen. This will likely be black tie, no tiaras. The arrival will be broadcast.
    • 10:30 pm: A fireworks display at the Opera House.

The Norwegian royal court published the official guest list for royals and heads of state yesterday:
  • Norway
    • Crown Prince Haakon and 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 - only on 10 May
  • 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 and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa
    • Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie
  • Monaco
    • HSH Prince Albert II
  • Netherlands
    • King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
    • Princess Beatrix
    • Prince Constantijn - only on 9 May
    • Princess Mabel
  • Belgium
    • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
  • Spain
    • King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia - only on 10 May
  • United Kingdom
    • The Countess of Wessex
    • Lady Elizabeth (Anson) Shakerley
  • Greece
    • Queen Anne-Marie
    • Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal
    • Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana
  • Finland
    • The President and Jenni Haukio
  • Iceland
    • The President and Eliza Reid

We'll have posts up on the events as resources become available. As always, please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!