Biography of His Majesty King Harald
His Majesty King Harald V of Norway was born on 21 February 1937 at his parents’ home, the country estate of Skaugum, near Oslo.
The only son of Crown Prince Olav (the future King of Olav V) and Crown Princess Martha, he acceded to the Throne when his father passed away on 17 January 1991.
Prince Harald completed his upper secondary education at Oslo Cathedral School, receiving his school-leaving certificate in 1955.
Prince Harald entered the Norwegian Cavalry Officer’s Training School and went on to finish his military education at the Military Academy in 1959. Upon completion of his compulsory military service, the Crown Prince went to Oxford for further study. He attended Balliol College from 1960 to 1962, studying social science, history and economics.
King Haakon VII died on 21 September 1957, and Prince Harald became Crown Prince, attending the Council of State for the first time. The Crown Prince worked closely alongside his father, King Olav V, and carried out an increasing number of official tasks, such as travelling with trade delegations to promote Norwegian industry abroad.
Prince Harald married to Miss Sonja Haraldsen and the wedding was held in Oslo Cathedral on 29 August 1968. They had two children: a Princess and a Crown Prince.
King Harald holds the rank of General in the Army and Air Force, and of Admiral in the Navy. He is the nation’s highest-ranking officer.
The Royal Family takes great pleasure in sports and outdoor recreational activities. The King is deeply concerned with environmental issues, and served for 20 years as the President of the Norwegian chapter of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF Norge). Biography of Her Majesty Queen Sonja
Her Majesty Queen Sonja was born in Oslo on 4 July 1937 as the daughter of Dagny and Karl August Haraldsen. When King Harald ascended to the Throne upon the death of King Olav, Queen Sonja became Norway’s first queen in 53 years.
Queen Sonja completed her lower secondary schooling in 1954. She received a diploma in dressmaking and tailoring at the Oslo Vocational School, and went on to receive a diploma from Ecole Professionelle des Jeunes Filles in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her studies there included social science, accounting and fashion design. She returned to Norway for further studies and received an under graduate degree (French, English and Art History) from the University of Oslo.
Queen Sonja has a strong sense of social engagement. She has been patron of and has played an active role in a variety of large-scale fundraising initiatives.
Queen Sonja has many interests that she combines with her duties as Norway’s First Lady. The Queen is particularly interested in art and culture.