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  • Skaugum, Akershus, Norway
    Sunday Feb 21, 1937

    Born

    Skaugum, Akershus, Norway
    Sunday Feb 21, 1937

    Prince Harald was born at the Skaugum estate in 21 February 1937.




  • Oslo, Norway
    Wednesday Mar 31, 1937

    Baptism

    Oslo, Norway
    Wednesday Mar 31, 1937

    He was baptized in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Oslo on 31 March 1937 by Bishop Johan Lunde.




  • Sweden
    Wednesday Apr 10, 1940

    Escaping To Sweden

    Sweden
    Wednesday Apr 10, 1940

    In 1940 the entire royal family had to flee Oslo because of the German invasion. 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.




  • Frötuna, Sweden
    Tuesday Apr 16, 1940

    Moving To Prince Carl Bernadotte's Home

    Frötuna, Sweden
    Tuesday Apr 16, 1940

    Harald spent the following days in Sälen before moving to Prince Carl Bernadotte's home in Frötuna on 16 April.




  • Drottningholm, Stockholm, Sweden
    Friday Apr 26, 1940

    Moving to Drottningholm

    Drottningholm, Stockholm, Sweden
    Friday Apr 26, 1940

    On 26 April the group moved to Drottningholm in Stockholm.




  • Petsamo, Finland (Now Russia)
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    Lefting For The United States

    Petsamo, Finland (Now Russia)
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    On 17 August the Crown Princess and her children left for the United States from Petsamo, Finland, aboard the United States Army transport ship American Legion.




  • Smestad Skole, Konventveien, Oslo, Norway
    1945

    The First Member of The Royal Family To attend Public School

    Smestad Skole, Konventveien, Oslo, Norway
    1945

    In the autumn of 1945, he was enrolled in third grade of Smestad skole as the first member of the royal family to attend public school.


  • Norway
    1945

    Returning to Norway

    Norway
    1945

    Prince Harald returned to Norway with his family at the war's end in 1945.


  • The National Hospital, Oslo, Norway
    Monday Apr 05, 1954

    His Mother's Death

    The National Hospital, Oslo, Norway
    Monday Apr 05, 1954

    In 1954 tragedy struck as he lost his mother to cancer. The Crown Princess's death was a tremendous loss for him and his family as well as for Norway.


  • Oslo, Norway
    Friday Sep 27, 1957

    The First Time to attend The Council of State

    Oslo, Norway
    Friday Sep 27, 1957

    Harald attended the Council of State for the first time on 27 September 1957 .


  • Oslo, Norway
    Friday Feb 21, 1958

    The oath To the Constitution of Norway

    Oslo, Norway
    Friday Feb 21, 1958

    He 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.


  • Oslo, Norway
    1959

    Graduation From The Norwegian Military Academy

    Oslo, Norway
    1959

    He graduated from Oslo katedral skole and in the autumn of that year, Harald began studies at the University of Oslo. He later attended the Cavalry Officers' Candidate School at Trandum, followed by enrollment at the Norwegian Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1959.


  • Oxford, England
    1960

    Education

    Oxford, England
    1960

    In 1960, Harald entered Balliol College, Oxford where he studied history, economics and politics. He was a keen rower during his student days at Oxford and was taught to row by fellow student and friend Nick Bevan, later a leading British school rowing coach.


  • U.S.
    Jan, 1960

    His First official Journey abroad

    U.S.
    Jan, 1960

    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.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Saturday Oct 24, 1964

    The Opening Parade of The 1964 Summer Olympics

    Tokyo, Japan
    Saturday Oct 24, 1964

    The Crown Prince carried the Norwegian flag at the opening parade of the 1964 Summer Olympics. He represented Norway in the yachting events of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964, Mexico City in 1968, and Munich in 1972.


  • Oslo Domkirke, Karl Johans gate, Oslo, Norway
    Thursday Aug 29, 1968

    Marriage

    Oslo Domkirke, Karl Johans gate, Oslo, Norway
    Thursday Aug 29, 1968

    Harald married a commoner, Sonja Haraldsen, at Oslo Domkirke in Oslo on 29 August 1968. The pair had dated for nine years and were only allowed to marry when Harald gave his father the ultimatum that if he was not allowed to marry Sonja he would not marry at all, which would have ended the reign of his family and the Norwegian monarchy, as Harald was the sole heir to the throne.


  • Oslo, Norway
    Thursday Jan 17, 1991

    His Father's Death

    Oslo, Norway
    Thursday Jan 17, 1991

    On the death of his father on 17 January 1991, Harald succeeded automatically to the Norwegian throne. He became the first Norwegian-born monarch since Magnus VII abdicated in 1343, a gap of 648 years.


  • Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
    Sunday Jun 23, 1991

    The consecration

    Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
    Sunday Jun 23, 1991

    The King chose to continue the tradition of royal benediction, a tradition that had been introduced with his father, and was consecrated together with Queen Sonja in the Nidaros Cathedral on 23 June 1991.


  • Norway
    Monday May 21, 2012

    The constitutional amendment of 2012

    Norway
    Monday May 21, 2012

    Until 2012, the King of Norway was, according to the constitution, the formal head of the Church of Norway. The constitutional amendment of 21 May 2012 made the King no longer the formal head, but he is still required to be of the Evangelical Lutheran religion.


  • Antarctica
    Wednesday Feb 11, 2015

    The world's first reigning monarch to visit Antarctica

    Antarctica
    Wednesday Feb 11, 2015

    In 2015, he became the world's first reigning monarch to visit Antarctica, specifically the Norwegian dependency Queen Maud Land.


  • Oslo, Norway
    Tuesday Jul 04, 2017

    The 80th Birthday Gift To His Wife

    Oslo, Norway
    Tuesday Jul 04, 2017

    When the King and Queen turned 80 years in 2017, the King decided to open the former royal stables to the public as a gift to his wife, the Queen. The new venue was named The Queen Sonja Art Stable and is the first institution owned by the royal family which is permanently open to the public.


  • Norway
    Tuesday May 08, 2018

    The King's Constitutional Status as Holy was dissolved

    Norway
    Tuesday May 08, 2018

    On 8 May 2018, the King's constitutional status as holy was dissolved, while leaving his sovereign immunity intact.


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