Photo: Sølve Sundsbø/Det kongelige hoff.Photo: Sølve Sundsbø/Det kongelige hoff

Royal jubilee: 25 years on the throne

Last updated: 15.01.2016 // This weekend Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja mark the 25th anniversary of their ascension to the Norwegian throne.

The Government of Norway’s gift to the King and Queen is a commemorative jubilee event at University Square in Oslo, followed by a gala performance in the Aula of the University of Oslo. Winter activities for children will be held in the Palace Square on the day of the anniversary. See full list of events.

Would you like to send a congratulatory message to Their Majesties The King and Queen? There is an official congratulatory message register on the website. The online register will remain open throughout the weekend, from Friday the 15th of January, and until midnight on Sunday, 17 January. 


The Norwegian monarchy dates back more than one thousand years. Harald Fairhair, regarded as the first Norwegian king, united the petty kingships of Norway into a single realm in about 885. From the time of Harald Fairhair until the present day, Norway has had more than 60 named sovereigns. The current King belongs to the House of Glücksburg, which has ruled Norway since 1905.

Although Norwegian history goes back many centuries, modern Norway as an independent nation is relatively young. In 1380 Norway and Denmark were merged under a single monarch, but Norway was given a subordinate role in the union and came increasingly under Danish control. The union with Denmark was dissolved in 1814 in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. For a brief time, Norway once again became an independent nation, drawing up its own constitution. Just a few months later, however, Norway was compelled to enter into a union with Sweden – this time as an independent nation, but with a common king and joint foreign policy. In 1905 the union of Norway and Sweden was dissolved, and Norway chose its own monarch: King Haakon VII, grandfather of the current king.

You can find more information on , the Facebook jubilee page or (only in Norwegian)

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