The Norwegian royal family have donned their finery to pose for a number of flawless portraits to mark King Harald’s 25th anniversary as monarch.
The 78-year-old, dressed in his military uniform and a ceremonial sash, proudly stood alongside his wife Queen Sonja, their son Crown Prince Haakon and his daughter-in-law Crown Princess Mette-Marit for an immaculate group photograph in the Royal Palace, Oslo.
Queen Sonja, also 78, looked resplendent in a floor-sweeping mint-green gown. The long-sleeved dress featured a sophisticated crossover design across the chest and a plain satin skirt.
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Marking King Harald’s 25th anniversary as monarch, the family pose for a group photograph at the Royal Castle in Oslo. King Harald can be seen in the centre surrounded by his family, including Queen Sonja of Norway to his left, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark on his right
King Harald, dressed in his military uniform and a ceremonial sash, proudly stood alongside his wife Queen Sonja, their son Crown Prince Haakon and his daughter-in-law Crown Princess Mette-Marit for an immaculate group photograph
Queen Sonja and her husband King Harald, pictured left, and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, right, posed for a number of official portraits
Queen Sonja, pictured left, clasped her hands in front of her and smiled warmly at the camera, while King Harald, right, looked smart in his military getup
The Norwegian Royal Family posing in the line of succession, pictured from right, King Harald V, Crown Prince Haakon and his daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra
Completing the regal look, Sonja dazzled in an emerald-adorned tiara, droplet earrings and a matching necklace.
Meanwhile, 42-year-old Crown Princess Mette-Marit continued the high-glamour. The mother-of-three wowed in an understated off-white gown that hid her high-heeled shoes.
Mette-Marit swept her bright blonde hair up into a chic chignon and kept her make-up simple yet elegant. A stunning headpiece and complimentary necklace completed the gorgeous look.
Crown Prince Haakon followed his father’s lead by donning his army best, tucking his military hat underneath his left arm for the photograph.
The 42-year-old heir-to-the-throne, who flashed a bright white smile at the camera, ensured his facial fuzz looked neat and tidy by trimming it back.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit, pictured left, poses for a solo photograph in a white pleated dress and alongside her husband Crown Prince Haakon, right
Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway have released a number of new official portraits to the public
King Harald and his son and heir to the throne, Crown Prince Haakon look extremely handsome in their military uniforms
Crown Princess Mette-Marit, pictured left, shows off her natural beauty while Crown Prince Haakon, right, looked relaxed in a smart navy suit and white shirt
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon, pictured left, pose for a stunning photograph as a couple, and Mette-Marit, right, stuns in a blush pink satin top
Norway`s King Harald and Queen Sonja wave to people gathered in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Sverre Magnus celebrate the 25th anniversary of King Harald’s accession to the throne
Queen Sonja, pictured left, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, right, join in with revellers by taking part in cross-country skiing
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Sverre Magnus appeared in high spirits as they joked around with well-wishers at the celebrations
Harald became king when his father Olav died on January 17, 1991.
Speaking about how he felt when his father passed away, King Harald told Norway’s NRK news, ‘He had been ill for some time. So we were somewhat prepared but you are never truly prepared to lose your father.’
Olav suffered a heart attack while watching news coverage of the Gulf War, which had just broken out.
‘He was the first casualty of war, because he had his heart attack while he watched it on TV,’ said King Harald.
‘He was quite convinced that World War III had broken out and he wanted no part in it.’
After posing in their best, the Norwegian royals then sat for a set of more relaxed snaps.
Queen Sonja slipped into a dark red dress and a large grey pearl necklace while King Harald changed into a pinstripe navy suit.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit decided to undergo not one but three outfit changes.
Showcasing her natural beauty, the stunning future queen looked pretty in a pleated cream dress and a blush pink satin top.
She also donned a long-sleeved ivory dress with a scalloped peplum skirt to pose alongside her husband who looked handsome in a navy suit.
King Harald also posed with Crown Prince Haakon and his daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra, showcasing the succession to the Norwegian throne.
Despite being 78 years old, Queen Sonja gave the youngsters a run for their money during the winter games
Crown Prince Haakon, pictured left, swapped his smart suit and military attire for ski gears as he took to the slopes with his son Prince Sverre Magnus, right
Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Ingrid Alexandra take to the ice slide during the winter games at Slottsplassen
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway tries her hand with a laser gun as she attends the winter game activities outside the Royal Palace
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her son from her first marriage, Marius Borg Høiby, share a tender moment during the games
Princess Ingrid Alexandra, clad in a quilted navy jacket and a grey hat, proves she’s a dab hand with a laser gun during the games
As well as delighting the Norwegian people with the new official photographs, a number of events were held this weekend to celebrate King Harald’s landmark anniversary.
Numerous activities for young and old were organised as well as a memorial service.
As per the wishes of the royal couple, the main event was the winter games at Slottsplassen, giving children the chance to try cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, ice slides and a biathlon event with laser guns.
‘This will be a celebration in the spirit of the royal family, and it has been wonderful to get a taste of it now that snow has covered Slottsplassen and children are playing out there,’ said Royal Palace communications manager, Marianne Hagen.
Showcasing their playful side, the royal family donned their snow boots, winter coats and woolly hats to join in the fun.
King Harald and Queen Sonja, clad in padded outerwear and ski gloves, waved to well-wishers gathered in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo before taking to the slopes.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her son Prince Sverre Magnus took to the ice slide before shooting the laser guns. She was also spotted enjoying a tender moment with her son from her first marriage, Marius Borg Høiby, during the games.
While Crown Prince Haakon appeared to lose a race against his daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra.
Prince Sverre Magnus, Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Crown Princess Mette-Marit pictured together during the festivities
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon share a joke as they ski outside the Royal Palace
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Queen Sonja show off their ski skills as they race down the snowy hill