Harald V (born 21 February 1937) is the King of Norway. Events 38 BC - Octavian marries Livia Drusilla. 1287 - King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. Events 1180 - First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan 1305 - The Flemish Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. Events 362 - Athanasius returns to Alexandria. 1245 - Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Skaugum is the official residence of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and of his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional Olav V (2 July 1903 &ndash 17 January 1991 was the King of Norway from 1957 until his death Family and heritage Haakon's godparents are King Olav V of Norway, Princess Astrid of Norway, Prince Carl Bernadotte, King Carl XVI Gustaf Issue The Queen Sonja International Music Competition The then Crown Princess Sonja established this music competition in 1988 Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (born 22 September 1971 in Oslo) is the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. Family and heritage Haakon's godparents are King Olav V of Norway, Princess Astrid of Norway, Prince Carl Bernadotte, King Carl XVI Gustaf Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (in Danish: Slesvig-Holsten-Sønderborg-Lyksborg) from Glücksburg in northernmost Germany Kongesangen is Norway 's Royal anthem. The lyrics come in several versions Olav V (2 July 1903 &ndash 17 January 1991 was the King of Norway from 1957 until his death Crown Princess of Norway Märtha was the daughter of HRH Prince Carl of Sweden and HRH Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, Princess of Sweden The Royal Family of Norway is the extended family of King Harald V of Norway. Issue The Queen Sonja International Music Competition The then Crown Princess Sonja established this music competition in 1988 Family and heritage Haakon's godparents are King Olav V of Norway, Princess Astrid of Norway, Prince Carl Bernadotte, King Carl XVI Gustaf Mette-Marit Crown Princess of Norway (born Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway was born 21 January, 2004 at 913am in Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo. Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (born 3 December, 2005 in Oslo) is the second child of Haakon Magnus Crown Prince of Norway and his wife Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (born 22 September 1971 in Oslo) is the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. Princess Ragnhild Mrs Lorentzen, Highness ( Ragnhild Alexandra, born Oslo, 9 June 1930) is the eldest daughter of King Olav Princess Astrid Mrs Ferner, Highness ( Astrid Maud Ingeborg, born Oslo, 12 February 1932 is the second daughter of King Olav V of Norway (1903&ndash1991 Events 362 - Athanasius returns to Alexandria. 1245 - Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He succeeded to the throne of Norway upon the death of his father Olav V on 17 January 1991. Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional Olav V (2 July 1903 &ndash 17 January 1991 was the King of Norway from 1957 until his death Events 38 BC - Octavian marries Livia Drusilla. 1287 - King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. The son of the then Crown Prince Olav and of Princess Märtha of Sweden, Harald was born at the Crown Prince Residence at Skaugum, Asker, near Oslo. Olav V (2 July 1903 &ndash 17 January 1991 was the King of Norway from 1957 until his death Crown Princess of Norway Märtha was the daughter of HRH Prince Carl of Sweden and HRH Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, Princess of Sweden Skaugum is the official residence of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and of his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Asker is a municipality in the county of Akershus, Norway and a Suburb of Oslo. (called Christiania from 1624 to 1878 and Kristiania from 1878 to 1924 is the Capital and largest city of Norway.
Harald became the first Norwegian-born prince since the birth of Olav IV in 1370. Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional Oluf IV Haakonsson ( 1370 - August 23, 1387) was king of Denmark as Oluf II (1376–1387 and king of Norway as Olav IV (1380–1387 Harald V is the formal head of the Church of Norway and the Norwegian Armed Forces. The Church of Norway ( Den norske kirke in Bokmål or Den norske kyrkja in Nynorsk) is the state church of Norway As he is the great-grandson of King Edward VII, he is also in the line of succession to the British throne. The line of succession to the British Throne is a partial list of the people in line to succeed to the throne He is a second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II. For the ship see RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Context States headed by Elizabeth II
King Harald has two sisters, Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen (born 1930), living in Brazil, and Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner (born 1932), living in Oslo. Princess Ragnhild Mrs Lorentzen, Highness ( Ragnhild Alexandra, born Oslo, 9 June 1930) is the eldest daughter of King Olav |utc_offset = -2 to -4 |time_zone_DST = BRST |utc_offset_DST = -2 to -5 |cctld Princess Astrid Mrs Ferner, Highness ( Astrid Maud Ingeborg, born Oslo, 12 February 1932 is the second daughter of King Olav V of Norway (1903&ndash1991
When Prince Harald was born in Skaugum he was the first heir to the throne of Norway to be born in Norway for several hundred years. The young prince was baptised in the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Oslo on 31 March by bishop Johan Lunde. Events 307 - After divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine marries Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor
In 1940 the entire royal family had to flee their homes because of the German invasion. Operation Weserübung was the codename for Nazi Germany 's assault on Denmark and Norway during World War II and the opening operation The dramatic journey northbound was marked by the Germans' repeated attempts to kill the King through bombing. It was deemed safer for the family to split up. The King and Crown Prince Olav would remain in Norway and the Crown Princess was to make her way to Sweden with the three children. The latter party reached Sweden on the night of 10 April, but although Crown Princess Märtha was Swedish-born, they encountered problems at the border station. Events 879 - Louis III becomes King of the Western Franks. 1407 - the lama According to Princess Astrid and others who were present, they were admitted only after the driver threatened to ram the border gate. Another account does not describe the escape so dramatically.  However when the King and Crown Prince inquired of the Swedish foreign minister whether they could sleep one night in Sweden without being interned, they were denied. 
Prince Harald spent the following days in Sälen before relocating to Prince Carl Bernadotte's home in Frötuna on 16 April. Sälen is a village of Malung-Sälen Municipality in Dalarna in western Sweden. Carl Gustaf Oscar Fredrik Christian Bernadotte ( 10 January 1911 – 23 July 2003) formerly known as Prince Carl Duke of Östergötland Events 1178 BC - A Solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom On 26 April the group moved to Drottningholm in Stockholm. Events 1467 - The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy. Drottningholm, or literally "Queen's Islet" is a village on the island Lovön in lake Mälaren on the outskirts of Stockholm ( Ekerö Municipality Accounts tell us that King Gustaf V had an amicable relationship with his Norwegian guests, but the topic of the war in Norway was not to be raised. However, influential Swedish politicians including Minster of Justice Westman wanted the Crown Princess and Prince Harald to be sent back to Norway so he could be proclaimed King by the Germans. Karl Gustaf Westman ( August 18, 1876 ( Gothenburg)&ndash January 24, 1944 ( Stockholm) was a Swedish historian and historian  After the King and Crown Prince had to leave Norway on 7 June they felt Sweden might not be the best place for the rest of the family. Events 1099 - The First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins They started planning for them to be relocated to the USA. On 17 August the Crown Princess and her children left for the USA from Petsamo, Finland aboard the ship American Legion. Events 986 - A Byzantine army was destroyed in the pass of Trajan's Gate by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Finland, officially the Republic of Finland ( is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe. Commercial service For over four years American Legion remained in the hands of the Federal Government under the auspices of the USSB 
Harald and his mother and sisters lived in Washington, D.C. during the war (his father Olav and grandfather King Haakon residing in London with the exiled government). Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D One of the notable events he remembers from that time is standing behind Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was sworn in for his fourth term on the South Portico of the White House in 1945. See also Executive Office of the President of the United States The White House, formerly known as the Executive Mansion, is the Official residence The young prince also visited Norwegian servicemen on training in the US and Canada. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page He attended The White Hall Country School from 1943. Prince Harald returned to Norway along with his family at the war's end in 1945.
In the autumn of 1945 he was enrolled in third grade of Smestad skole as the first royal to attend a public school. In 1955 he graduated from Oslo katedralskole and in the autumn of that year, Harald began studies at the University of Oslo. Schola Osloensis, known in Norwegian as Oslo katedralskole ( Oslo Cathedral School) and more commonly as "Katta" is a High school located The University of Oslo (Universitetet i Oslo Universitas Osloensis is the oldest and largest University in Norway, situated in the Norwegian capital Later he attended the Cavalry Officers' Candidate School at Trandum, followed by enrollment at the Norwegian Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1959. The Norwegian Military Academy ( Krigsskolen) was established in 1750.
In 1960, Harald entered Balliol College, Oxford where he studied history, economics and politics until 1962. Balliol College (ˈbeɪlɪəl founded in 1263 is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. He was a keen rower during his student days at Oxford. In 1960 he also made his first official journey abroad, visiting the United States in connection with the fiftieth anniversary of the American Scandinavian Foundation. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
King Harald V of Norway
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The Crown Prince of Norway serves as deputy of the King from the day he is 18 years of age. A style of office, or honorific, is a term which by Tradition or Law precedes a reference to a person who holds a post or Title, or to the Majesty is an English word derived ultimately from the Latin Maiestas, meaning Greatness. Crown Prince Harald attended Council of State for the first time on 27 September 1957 and took the oath to the Constitution of Norway on 21 February 1958. In the same year he also served as regent in the King's absence for the first time.
Harald married a commoner, Sonja Haraldsen, in 1968, a marriage that sparked much public controversy. In British law a commoner is someone who is neither the Sovereign nor a peer. Issue The Queen Sonja International Music Competition The then Crown Princess Sonja established this music competition in 1988 The couple have two children, Princess Märtha Louise and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, heir to the Norwegian throne. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (born 22 September 1971 in Oslo) is the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. Family and heritage Haakon's godparents are King Olav V of Norway, Princess Astrid of Norway, Prince Carl Bernadotte, King Carl XVI Gustaf
The King heads the government meetings at Oslo Palace every Friday (Council of State). He also has weekly meetings with the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister. He receives foreign envoys, and opens parliament every September. According to the Norwegian constitution, he appoints his government. Since 1884 parliamentarism has been in place in Norway, so the government has to have support from Parliament. The King appoints the leader of the parliamentary block with majority as prime minister. When the parliamentary situation is unclear the king relies on the advice of the president of Parliament and the sitting prime minister. He travels extensively throughout Norway and makes official state visits to other countries. Below is a complete list of State visits made by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway. He is the source of all honours in the kingdom, and is the Grand Master of the Order of St Olav.
An avid sailor, Harald represented Norway in the yachting events in the Olympic Games several times during his Crown Prince years, and carried the Norwegian flag at the opening parade of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Yachting is an activity involving boats It may be racing Sailing boats cruising to distant shores or day-sailing along a coast The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games The 1964 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVIII Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Tokyo, Japan With his sailing crew he won World Championship bronze, silver and gold medals, in 1988, 1982, and 1987, respectively. In July 2005, the King and his crew aboard the royal sailboat Fram XV won the gold medal at the European Championships in Sweden. In the 2007 World Championship the King obtained a sixth place. 
Twice during recent years King Harald has been absent as ruler owing to hospitalization and convalescence: in December 2003 to mid-April 2004 due to urinary bladder cancer, and in April to early June of 2005 due to aortic stenosis (for details see "The King's health", below). Crown Prince Haakon served as the country's regent on both occasions. A regent, from the Latin regens "who reigns" is a person selected to act as Head of state (ruling or not because the ruler is a minor
The King is the nominal head of the Church of Norway. The Church of Norway ( Den norske kirke in Bokmål or Den norske kyrkja in Nynorsk) is the state church of Norway
He is a Four-star General, an Admiral and formally the Supreme Commander of the Norwegian Armed Forces. Norwegian military ranks Norwegian Army Royal Norwegian Norwegian military ranks Norwegian Army Royal Norwegian The infantry battalion His Majesty the King's Guard are considered the King's and the Royal Family's bodyguards, they guard the Royal residences, including the Royal Palace and the Crown Prince Residence at Skaugum, as well as the Royal Mausoleum at Akershus Castle. Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (HMKG (lit His Majesty The King's Guard is a Battalion of the Norwegian Army. The Royal Palace ( Norwegian: Slottet or formally Det kongelige slott) in Oslo was built in the first half of the 19th century as the Norwegian Skaugum is the official residence of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and of his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Akershus Fortress or Akershus Castle ( Akershus Festning, Akershus slott) is the old Castle built to protect Oslo, the capital
In the British Army, the King was the final Colonel-in-Chief of The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own Yorkshire Regiment). The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. In the British and other Commonwealth armies the Colonel-in-Chief of a Regiment is its (usually royal) Patron. The Green Howards (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment was an Infantry Regiment of the British Army, part of the King's Division It remains to be seen whether there will continue to be an active association between the 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) and the Norwegian Royal Family. He is also an honorary Colonel in the British Royal Marines. The Royal Marines ( RM) are the marine corps and amphibious Infantry of the United Kingdom and along with the Royal Navy
The King is a Knight of the Garter, and is The Grand Master of the Order of St. Olav. The Most Noble Order of the Garter is an Order of chivalry, or Knighthood, originating in Medieval England, and presently bestowed on recipients The Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav ( Norwegian: Den Kongelige Norske St He is also a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, and a recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain as well as numerous other orders of chivalry. The Royal Victorian Order (RVO is a Dynastic order of knighthood and a house order of chivalry in the Commonwealth realms Created by Queen Victoria The Royal Victorian Chain is an award instituted in 1902 by King Edward VII as a personal award of the Monarch (i
The King is patron of the Anglo-Norse Society in London, together with Queen Elizabeth II. The Anglo-Norse Society in London is a society based in England for advancing the education of the citizens of Britain and Norway about each other’s country For the ship see RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Context States headed by Elizabeth II He is also patron of the Norwegian-American Foundation (Norge-Amerika Foreningen) and the Norse Federation (Nordmannsforbundet) in the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
He received the honorary degree Doctor of Civil Law from Oxford University in 2006 (as did his father, King Olav, in 1937, and his grandfather, King Haakon, in 1943). An honorary degree or a degree honoris causa ( Latin: 'for the sake of the honour' is an Academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding Some universities such as the University of Oxford, award Doctor of Civil Law (DCL degrees instead of Doctor of Laws (LL The University of Oxford (informally "Oxford University" or simply "Oxford" located in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England is the  The King has earlier been appointed an honorary doctor of law by the University of Strathclyde (1985) in Scotland and by Waseda University (2001) in Japan (2001). The University of Strathclyde (Oilthigh Srath Chluaidh is a university in Glasgow, Scotland. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. often abbreviated to, is one of the top universities in Japan. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. He is also an honorary fellow at Balliol College. Balliol College (ˈbeɪlɪəl founded in 1263 is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England.
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A 230 000 km² area in Antarctica is named Prince Harald Coast in his honour. Prince Harald Coast ( is a portion of the coast of Queen Maud Land encompassing Lutzow-Holm Bay, lying between Riiser-Larsen Peninsula, at 34° E and
In 2007 he was awarded the Holmenkollen medal with Simon Ammann, Frode Estil, Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset, and his wife Queen Sonja. The Holmenkollen medal is Norwegian Skiing 's highest award for competitors Simon Ammann (born June 25, 1981) is a Swiss ski jumper. Ammann was born in Grabs Switzerland to Margit and Hienrich Ammann Frode Estil (born May 31, 1972 in Lierne in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway) is a Norwegian cross-country skier. Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset (born December 6, 1971 in Sandane) is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed since 1993 Issue The Queen Sonja International Music Competition The then Crown Princess Sonja established this music competition in 1988
On 1 December 2003, King Harald was announced to be suffering from bladder cancer. Events 800 - Charlemagne judges the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Bladder cancer refers to any of several types of malignant growths of the Urinary bladder. A successful operation took place on 8 December at Norway's National Hospital, Rikshospitalet, in Oslo: his bladder was removed and a new one constructed. Events 1609 - Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room the second public library of Europe. Rikshospitalet (Norwegian for Hospital of the Realm) is located in Oslo, Norway, and was founded 1826. The King was then on sick leave from all official duties. Crown Prince Haakon was Norway's regent during King Harald's illness and convalescence. A regent, from the Latin regens "who reigns" is a person selected to act as Head of state (ruling or not because the ruler is a minor The King resumed his duties on 13 April 2004. Events 1111 - Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 1204 - The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "
The King was once known to be a chain-smoker, but quit that habit entirely when he was diagnosed with cancer. Tobacco Smoking is the inhalation of smoke from burned dried or cured leaves of the Tobacco plant most often in the form of a Cigarette.
On 1 April 2005 Harald underwent successful heart surgery, an aortic valve replacement, correcting his aortic stenosis. Events 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Cardiac surgery is Surgery on the Heart and/or Great vessels performed by a Cardiac surgeon. It had been known for some time that he had this condition; however, until early 2005 it had only been of a moderate degree. During the three-hour operation at Rikshospitalet the doctors also performed a coronary bypass procedure on the King. Coronary artery bypass surgery, also coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and colloquially heart bypass or bypass surgery is a surgical procedure On 10 April it was announced that the King had also undergone a pericardiocentesis to treat a complication of surgery, a pericardial effusion (an accumulation of fluid around the heart). Events 879 - Louis III becomes King of the Western Franks. 1407 - the lama In Medicine, pericardiocentesis is a procedure where fluid is aspirated from the Pericardium (the sac enveloping the Heart)
After the two operations in the spring of 2005, King Harald remained on sick leave for almost two months, Crown Prince Haakon again substituting as the country's regent. The King returned to work on 7 June, a date which carried particular significance in 2005, with Norway celebrating the centennial of the dissolution of the 1814–1905 union with Sweden. Events 1099 - The First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins A century (from the Latin centum, meaning one hundred is One hundred consecutive Years Centuries are numbered ordinally (e The Union Dissolution Day, observed in Norway on June 7 (though not a public holiday is marked in remembrance of the Norwegian parliament 's 1905 The Union between Sweden and Norway (Unionen mellan Sverige och Norge Unionen mellom Norge og Sverige or the Swedish-Norwegian Kingdom was the union of the kingdoms of The King recuperated well enough to win the European Championships in ocean sailing just three months after his latest operation.
Following advice from his personal physician, King Harald finally decided in late 2005 to scale down his official duties, primarily effected by taking Wednesdays off and trying to keep weekends free as much as possible. However, he planned to continue attending weekend sports events of interest, and to lead Friday Cabinet meetings and carry out other constitutional duties.
Harald's patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son. The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's oldest Orchestral institutions Bergen International Festival, or Festspillene i Bergen In Norwegian, is an annual international music and cultural festival located in Bergen, Norway Lions Clubs International (LCI is the world's largest Secular service organization with over 44500 clubs and more than 1 The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature (Norges Naturvernforbund also know as Friends of the Earth Norway and commonly abbreviated NNV is the largest The Redningsselskapet ( Norsk Selskab til Skibbrudnes Redning: Norwegian Society for Rescue at Sea was founded 9 July 1891. Sons of Norway is a Fraternal organization representing people of Norwegian heritage in the United States and Canada. The American-Scandinavian Foundation, (ASF is an American non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting international understanding through educational and cultural The Anglo-Norse Society in London is a society based in England for advancing the education of the citizens of Britain and Norway about each other’s country Minnesota ( Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers Concordia Language Villages (CLV, previously the International Language Villages is a world-language and culture education program whose mission is to prepare young people for responsible Bemidji (bəˈmɪdʒiː is a city in Beltrami County, Minnesota, United States.
Patrilineal descent is the principle behind membership in royal houses, as it can be traced back through the generations - which means that if Harald V were to choose an historically accurate house name it would be Oldenburg, as all his male-line ancestors have been of that house. Patrilineality (aka agnatic kinship) is a system in which one belongs to one's father's lineage it generally involves the Inheritance of property names or titles The House of Oldenburg is a North German dynasty and one of Europe 's most influential Royal Houses It first became royal when Count Christian I
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Cadet branch of the House of OldenburgBorn: 21 February 1937
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with Queen Sonja, Simon Ammann, Frode Estil and Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset