“In other words: Norway is you. Norway is us (…) My greatest hope for Norway is that we will be able to take care of one another. That we will continue to build this country – on a foundation of trust, solidarity and generosity of spirit. That we will feel that we are, despite all out differences, one people. That Norway is one.” – 79-year-old King Harald V of Norway celebrating the diversity of his people and stressing the importance of support for refugees, religious tolerance and LGBT rights in a speech on 1 September 2016
Your Royal Highnesses,
Dear family and friends
A wise man – and that is not myself! – once said:
“Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.”
That is how I feel today. I look at the number 80, and I cannot really understand that it has got anything to do with me. At least nothing to do with the Queen – who is incredibly fit!
I have had a hard time catching up with her for a long time already!
But fortunately – after almost 50 years of marriage, we are still in this together. We work together, we share experiences, we face worries and joys together.
So tonight is an evening for gratitude.
The Queen and I want to thank every one of you who are here tonight to share this celebration with us. A special thank you to those of you who have travelled far.
We appreciate it deeply.
Many of us gathered here are members of the same European family, we are friends – and colleagues. I believe it is valuable for all of us who are in the “royal profession” to come together – also across generations – and discuss matters of common concern. We are living in uncertain times, and in societies with fast changes. Especially in times like these, we should value and nourish long standing and deep relations like ours.
Celebrating our 80th anniversary is nothing we take for granted.
We are blessed with good health.
We are blessed with a wonderful family.
We are blessed with loyal friends who have stood by our side through ups and downs.
And we are blessed with a meaningful life in service for our country and our people.
What more can we wish for?
Tonight, I hope we can be together in a spirit of gratitude for life.
Every day is a gift that we should never take for granted.
Every day is an opportunity to do good.
Every day we can be there for our loved ones.
And we can acknowledge those who need to be seen.
So dear friends, a warm welcome to all of you – and thank you again for being here.
I hope we will all have a good time together.
Skål, and welcome!
His Majesty King Harald V welcome speech at the start of the gala dinner celebrating his 80th birthday.
The Royal Court changed the monogram with number 50 on the occasion of this year’s 50 wedding anniversary of King Harald and Queen Sonja. Previously there had been number 80 on the occasion of Their Majesties’ 80th birthdays last year.
“I’m a sucker for a good love story and royal families have no shortage of them. Harald and Sonja are my favorite. I think he would have given up the throne for her and their service to the country has been admirable. Elizabeth and Phillip are my other favorites. They will go down as a great love story. Both couples are #relationshipgoals“ - Submitted by Anonymous