Our King is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Having a blog about Norway, our culture, traditions and habit without mentioning this would be a disgrace. Most of the Norwegians are happy to have a monarchy, including me, so I’ll gladly provide you with a post dedicated his Royal Highness:
Pic from Aftenposten.no
King Harald ascended the throne after the death of his father, King Olav V, on 17 January 1991. Like his father and his grandfather, King Haakon VII, he adopted the motto “All for Norway”. The birth of a prince is always an historic event. However, it was a particularly special occasion for the Norwegian people when an heir to the throne came into the world on 21 February 1937.
You can of course read a lot about King Harald V on the net. Click here to the Royal familie’s website. As far as I know it was first sat up by IMT in Boston as a gift when he visited the university in mid 90s. No pics from that, but The King and Queen, greeted by Laura and George W. Bush at the White House during the March 2005 State Visit to the U.S:
Btw: The Crown Princess, Prince Harald and his two elder sisters, Ragnhild and Astrid, lived just outside Washington, D.C. during the second world war.
So let me tell you something you may not know: His Majesty has made a name for himself in a number of national and international sailing competitions. As Crown Prince, he represented Norway several times in the Olympic Games, won the Gold Cup Races in 1968, and took first place in the Kiel Week Races in 1972. He was number two in the world championship in the half-ton class in 1982. In the summer of 1987, he won the world championship with his new yacht, the one-ton “Fram X”, which was a gift from the Norwegian business community on his fiftieth birthday. The following year the yacht and its crew won a bronze medal in the world championship in San Francisco. As far as I know, he is the only living King who has been a world champion.
My regularly readers know I normally document my post with pictures from my daily life taken with my Nokia mobile phone. Well, I didn’t bump into His Majesty today. I’ll keep you posted next time I do:-)