REIGNING DESCENDANTS OF KING CHRISTIAN IX AND QUEEN LOUISE OF DENMARK
KING PHILIPPE I OF THE BELGIANS
On Paternal Side:
Christian IX -> Frederick VIII -> Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, Duchess of Vastergotland -> Princess Astrid of Sweden, Queen Consort of The Belgians -> Albert II -> Philippe I
MARGRETHE II OF DENMARK
On Paternal side:
Christian IX -> Frederick VII -> Christian X -> Frederick IX -> Margrethe II
Elizabeth II of The United Kingdom
On Paternal side:
Christian IX -> Princess Alexandra of Denmark, Queen Consort of The United Kingdom -> George V -> George VI -. Elizabeth II
HENRI, GRAND DUKE OF LUXEMBOURG
On Maternal side:
Christian IX -. Frederick VIII -> Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, Duchess of Vastergotland -> Princess Astrid of Sweden, Queen Consort of The Belgians -> Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg -> Henri
HARALD V OF NORWAY
On Paternal side:
Christian IX -> Frederick VIII -> Prince Carl of Denmark, King Haakon VII of Norway -> Olav V -> Harald V
Christian IX -> Princess Alexandra of Denmark, Queen Consort of The United Kindom -> Princess Maud of The United Kingdom, Princess Carl of Denmark, Queen Consort of Norway -> Olav V -> Harald V
On Maternal Side:
Christian IX -> Frederick VIII -> Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, Duchess of Vastergotland -> Princess Martha of Sweden, Crown Princess of Norway -> Harald V
FELIPE VI OF SPAIN
On Maternal side:
Christian IX -> Prince Vilhelm of Denmark, Kind George I of The Hellenes -> Constantine I -> Paul I -> Princess Sophia of Greece, Queen Consort of Spain -> Felipe VI
Christian IX - Princess Thyra of Denmark, Crown Princess of Hanover, Duchess of Cumberland and Teviotdale -> Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick -> Princess Frederika of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece -> Princess Sophia of Greece, Queen Consort of Spain -> Felipe VI
HAPPY 79TH BIRTHDAY KING HARALD V (b. 21 February 1937)
Every person has a great power in themselves - that can carry us through what we encounter in life. - King Harald V about standing together
Prince Harald was born on 21 February 1937 as the only son of the then-Crown Prince Olav and of Princess Märtha of Sweden in Skaugum and was baptized in the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Oslo on 31 March 1937 by Bishop Johan Lunde. His godparents were: King Haakon VII of Norway, Queen Maud of Norway, Prince Carl of Sweden, Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, King Leopold III of Belgium; King George VI and Queen Mary of the United Kingdom and Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark. His parents already had two daughters, Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid.
During World War II he fled with sisters and mother from Norway for the United States from Petsamo, Finland, aboard the United States Army transport ship American Legion. Harald and his mother and sisters lived in Washington, D.C., during the war, while his father, Crown Prince Olav, and his grandfather, King Haakon, stayed in London with the Norwegian government-in-exile. One of the notable events he remembers from that time is standing behind Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was sworn in for his fourth term on the South Portico of the White House in 1945. In 2015, he became the world’s first reigning monarch to visit Antarctica, specifically the Norwegian dependency Queen Maud Land.
In March 1968 it was announced the engagemement between the Crown Prince and Miss Sonja Haraldsen. The couple had known each other for nine years before their marriage was approved. The wedding was held in Oslo Cathedral on 29 August 1968. They have two children, Princess Märtha Louise (b. 22 September 1971) and Crown Prince Haakon b. 20 July 1973) and through them 6 grandchildren.
An avid sailor, Harald represented Norway in the yachting events of Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964 and in Mexico City in 1968 and the Munich 1972. The Crown Prince carried the Norwegian flag at the opening parade of the 1964 Summer Olympics. In 1994, both the King and Crown Prince Haakon played roles during the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Olympics. The King opened the games, while the Crown Prince lit the cauldron, paying tribute to both the King and his grandfather as Olympians. The King has also represented Norway at opening ceremonies of Olympic Games, among them Torino and Beijing.
Twice since the start of the twenty-first century King Harald was unable to perform his monarchical duties due to ill-health: in December 2003 to mid-April 2004 due to urinary bladder cancer, and in April to early June 2005 due to aortic stenosis.
I live by the principle that as long as not proven otherwise, I’m healthy and will live life that way.” - King Harald when asked about if he was not afraid of relapse of cancer.
Following a lengthy period of ill-health, his mother Crown Princess Märtha died of cancer in Oslo in 1954. Her death came little more than three years before her husband ascended the throne as king. His father, King Olav V, died on 17 January 1991 and Harald V succeeded him as the King of Norway.
Queens and Princesses born into the Victorian Era gave up gradually from the start of World War I the traditional bouffant chignon for arriving in the 1920s to a boyish hairstyle.
Vintage hairstyles like finger waving and the Marcel wave that were developed during the 1920s have seen a resurgence in modern times as hair fashions turn full circle. In the early nineteen twenties long-hair predominated but with every year that went by more and more women adopted shorter hairstyles including “the bob”. Techniques like shingling and layering were turned into an art form that resulted in beautiful coiffures.
Queen Elizabeth of Belgium • Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna • Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain • Princess Alice Countess of Athlone • Princess Ingeborg of Sweden • Mary Princess Royal