The history of Monarchy • It’s more than 1000 years ago we first saw the signs of monarchy in Norway. • There’s been over 60 different kings, and we do know the name of them all. • The first king, Harald Hårfagre (865-933), was only 10 years old when he got to the throne. • Todays Royal family has reign since 1905.
King Olav V (1903-1991) • Born in England, son of Prince Carl of Denmark (later Haakon VII of Norway) and Princess Maud (later Queen Maud) • He was baptised as Alexander Edward Christian Frederik, but when his father became the king in Norway in 1905, he changed to Crown Prince Olav • Married his cousin, Princess Märtha of Sweden, in 1929.
Three children: Princess Ragnhild (1930), Princess Astrid (1932) and Prince Harald (1937). • Escaped with King and Government in 1940 when the Germans invaded Norway. • Became King Olav on death of father 21st Sept. 1940. • An active sportsman, and loved of the people. • Died at Kongsseteren 17th Jan. 1991.
HM The King • King Harald was born 21st Feb. 1937 in Skaugum. • He was the first Prince born in Norway for 567 years. • Has two elder sisters, but only males could then succeed to throne. • Peacefull childhood, until World War II. Escaped with mother to USA. • Became Crown Prince 21st Sept. 1957. • Married Sonja Haraldsen, a commoner, 29th Aug. 1968.
Two children; Princess Märtha Louise (1971) and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus (1973) • Succeeded to the throne 17th Jan 1991. Blessed in Nidaros cathedral, Trondheim. • As Head of State he has a lot of official duties. • Likes outdoor life. • Just been operated, and are now in recovery. The Crown Prince Haakon Magnus is now function as substitute for The King.
The Queen • Born 4th July 1937 in Oslo. • Highly educated. • Many tasks to assume. Concerned with projects to improve situation of disadvantage people of all ages in Norway. • Became Norways first queen for 53 years. • Has always enjoyed outdoor life, especially walking or skiing in the mountains.
Crown Prince Haakon Magnus • Born 20th July in Oslo. • Heir to the throne, though he is two years younger than his sister. • Happy childhood at parents home, Skaugum. • Education from the navy and also studied Political Science. • Married Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby at the Oslo Cathedral, 25th August 2001.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit grew up in the southern part of Norway. She also has one son, Marius. • 21th January Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born.
Princess Märtha Louise • Born 22th Sept. 1971 in Oslo. • Happy childhood at parents home, Skaugum. • Educated as an physical therapist. • Loves outdoor life and riding. • Married to the writer Ari Behn in Nidaros Cathedral 24th May 2002. • They have two daughters, Maud Angelica Behn (29th April 2003) and Leah Isadora Behn (8th April 2005).