Harald V of Norway

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Date of Birth February 21, 1937
Place of Birth Oslo, Norway
Age 84 years old
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Harald V of Norway

Harald V is the King of Norway, having ascended the throne upon the death of his father King Olav V on 17 January 1991. Harald was the third child and only son of King Olav V and Princess Märtha of Sweden. He was second in the line of succession at the time of his birth, behind his father. In 1940, as a result of the German occupation during World War II, the royal family went into exile. Harald spent part of his childhood in Sweden and the United States. He returned to Norway in 1945, and subsequently studied for periods at the University of Oslo, the Norwegian Military Academy and Balliol College, Oxford. Following the death of his grandfather Haakon VII in 1957, Harald became crown prince as his father became king. A keen sportsman, he represented Norway in sailing at the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Olympic Games, and later became patron of World Sailing. Harald married Sonja Haraldsen in 1968, their relationship having initially being controversial due to her status as a commoner.

Predecessor: Olav V
Heir apparent: Haakon
Prime Ministers: Gro Harlem Brundtland, Thorbjørn Jagland, Kjell Magne Bondevik, Jens Stoltenberg, Erna Solberg
Born: February 21, 1937, Skaugum, Akershus, Norway
Issue, Detail: Princess Märtha Louise, Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
House: Glücksburg
Father: Olav V of Norway
Mother: Princess Märtha of Sweden
Religion: Church of Norway
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About Harald V of Norway

King of Norway who ascended to the throne after the death of his father in 1991. He is related to monarchs of Belgium and Denmark among others.

Before Fame

He was the first prince born in Norway in over six centuries.

Achievement

As Norway's king, he was also head of its official church and the supreme commander of the military.

Family Life

His marriage to Sonja Haraldsen in 1968, stirred much controversy because she was a commoner.

Associations

He was present at the oath of office ceremony of President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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  • House of Glücksburg (Norway)
  • Royal Olympic participants
  • Regents of Norway
  • Grand Collars of the Order of Saint James of the Sword
  • Grand Crosses with Golden Chain of the Order of Vytautas the Great
  • Cordons of the Order of Stara Planina
  • Grand Collars of the Order of the Southern Cross
  • Royal Norwegian Navy admirals
  • Grand Crosses of the Order of the Crown (Netherlands)
  • Grand Crosses with Chain of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (civil)
  • Sailors at the 1968 Summer Olympics – 5.5 Metre
  • Grand Crosses of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
  • Sailors at the 1964 Summer Olympics – 5.5 Metre
  • Recipients of the Order of al-Hussein bin Ali
  • Grand Order of King Tomislav recipients
  • Knights Grand Cordon of the Order of Chula Chom Klao
  • Grand Collars of the Order of Prince Henry
  • Extra Knights Companion of the Garter
  • Recipients of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece)
  • Grand Crosses of the Order of the White Double Cross
  • Grand Commanders of the Order of the Dannebrog
  • Recipients of the Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
  • Knights of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau
  • Grand Crosses of the Order of the Star of Romania
  • Recipients of the Grand Star of the Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria
  • Knights Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
  • Grand Crosses of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
  • Norwegian monarchs
  • Sailors at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Soling
  • Grand Crosses of the Order of Aviz
  • Norwegian Lutherans
  • Norwegian Army generals
  • People educated at Oslo Cathedral School
  • Recipients of the Royal Victorian Chain
  • Norwegian Military Academy alumni
  • Honorary Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Protestant monarchs
  • Grand Crosses Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Recipients of the Olympic Order
  • Holmenkollen medalists
  • Olympic sailors of Norway
  • Recipients of the St. Olav's Medal
  • Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur
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