Ex. 16.03: King Harald V and Royal Family – Culture
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ROYAL FAMILY: While the Norwegian king plays mostly a ceremonial role in Norwegian politics today, the royal family is an important symbol of national unity, both at home and abroad.
The first king in modern times was King Haakon VII, who was originally a Danish prince. On the right is a photo from 1913 with King Haakon VII and Queen Maud with their son, Prince Olav (source)
- 1905-1957: King Haakon VII
- 1957–1991: King Olav V
- 1991-present: King Harald V
The current monarch, King Harald V, was the first Norwegian prince to be born on Norwegian soil since 1370. Like his father and grandfather, King Harald uses the royal motto “Alt for Norge” (Everything for Norway).
King Harald is married to Queen Sonja. When they met and fell in love in 1959, she was a commoner named Sonja Haraldsen. Nine years passed before they were finally allowed to marry in 1968. At that time, King Harald had told his father that he would remain a bachelor for the rest of his life if he could not marry Sonja.
Below is a video that provides an introduction to Norway’s royal family.CorrectIncorrect