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Norwegian royals celebrate Silver Jubilee. Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway mark 25 years on the throne, with entertainment and performances in Oslo this weekend. The weekend of celebrations will begin on Friday, 15th January, with King Harald and Queen Sonja attending an event in the Royal Palace’s Small Ceremonial Hall, Representatives of some of Norway’s official institutions will convey congratulations from the Government, the Parliament (Stortinget), the Sami Parliament (Sámediggi), County Governors, and municipal organisations.

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Norwegian royals celebrate Silver Jubilee

Published on Thursday, 14th January, 2016 at 11:28 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th January 2016 at 02:15.

Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway mark 25 years on the throne, with entertainment and performances in Oslo this weekend.

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja
Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja
Photo: Sølve Sundsbø/The Royal Court


The weekend of celebrations will begin on Friday, 15th January, with King Harald and Queen Sonja attending an event in the Royal Palace’s Small Ceremonial Hall,

Representatives of some of Norway’s official institutions will convey congratulations from the Government, the Parliament (Stortinget), the Sami Parliament (Sámediggi), County Governors, and municipal organisations.

The diplomatic corps, the Church of Norway and other religious and secular organisations will also be represented there.

Their Majesties Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will attend as guests to the jubilee celebration too.

The public will be able to send their own congratulatory messages to Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja from 3 pm, Friday, by signing the official congratulatory register in the Palace’s Protocol Room.

A congratulatory message register will also be established on the Royal Court’s website, with this being launched at the same time as the one at the Royal Palace. It will remain open until midnight on Sunday 17th January.

Salutes and sports

Sunday, the jubilee day, will see both a service in the Palace Chapel and winter games, beginning at 11 am. Bishop Helga Haugand Byfuglien of the Church of Norway will lead the service, which will be broadcasted live on NRK1.

As well as Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, other members of the Norwegian Royal Family, and representatives of official institutions in Norway will be in attendance.

This event will be concluded with a 21-gun salute in honour of the Norwegian King and Queen sounding throughout the country at 1 pm.

Between 11 am and 4 pm, the Palace Square will play host to winter activities. The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports are the main organisers of these.

Activities include an opportunity to try skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, ice sliding, and a participate in a biathlon with laser rifles.

Ski and snowboard equipment will be made available to anyone without their own equipment at the Palace Square.

There will also be figure skating for children at the Spikersuppa ice skating rink on Karl Johans gate (the main shopping street downtown).

From 12:45 to 1:35 pm, the Norwegian Royal Family will be in attendance at the Palace Square to watch and take part in the activities.

The flame for the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games will be carried from the Palace Square to University Square at 1:35 pm.

And Spikersuppa rink will host a figure skating show between 1:30 to 2:00 pm. There will also be a snowboarding show at the Palace Square at 2:30 pm.

Memories and music

There will be candle lighting at 3:15 pm in honour of King Harald and Queen Sonja, and in the memory of Norway’s previous monarch King Olav V, who died of a heart attack on 17th January 1991 at 87 years old after a reign of 33 years.

The public is encouraged to bring candles along for this.

The last published event for the jubilee day is a gala performance in the University of Oslo’s Aula, which begins at 4 pm, before which Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will greet Their Majesties.

Amongst those performing are the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (Kringkastingsorkesteret/KORK), and artists from a wide range of music genres who represent developments in Norwegian society over the past 25 years. Those appearing include singer Sissel Kyrkjebø and two famous Norwegian actors.

Toralv Maurstad (b. 1926), who graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1949, played Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg in the 1970 film Song of Norway directed by Andrew L. Stone, and which co-stars American actress Florence Henderson.

Ms Henderson (b. 1934), is perhaps best-known for her role as Carol Brady in the ABC TV sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974.

Actor Espen Skjønberg (b. 1924) has acted alongside British actors and actresses such as (Sir Thomas Daniel) “Tom” Courtenay (b. 1937) in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich ( 1970), as well as Sir Nigel Hawthorne CBE (d. 2001) and Susannah York (d. 2011) in A Handful of Time/En håndfull tid (1989).

He also co-starred with Hollywood veterans (Clifford Parker) “Cliff” Robertson (III) (d. 2011) and Robert (Charles Durman) Mitchum (d. 1997) in The Sunset Boys/Pakten (1995).

(Additional sources: IMDb, Wikipedia)




Published on Thursday, 14th January, 2016 at 11:28 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th January 2016 at 02:15.

This post has the following tags: kingharaldv, queensonja, jubilee, celebrations, oslo.





  
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