His Majesty The King: Harald V.
January 17, 1991 King Harald ascended to the throne after the death of his father King Olav V. Like his father and grandfather, he chose as his motto: “All for Norway”.
The first time in 567 years in Norway was born successor of the royal dynasty that gave renewed hope for the continuation of the early 20th century monarchical traditions. In 1905, King Haakon VII became king of Norway. This happened after the collapse of the union with Sweden.
“All for Norway!” the motto of King Harald.Explained the prince, the heir is always a great event. This was particularly important event for the people of Norway, when the February 21, 1937 was born heir to the throne. Prince was born in the residence of the Norwegian royal family Skaugum.
Under the Constitution of 1814 the king could pass the board only male heirs (however, this article has been revised over time). With the birth of the son of the country was assured by the new king, at least for the next two generations of Norway.
Prince Harald was born in Skaugum and was baptised in the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Oslo on 31 March by Bishop Johan Lunde. His godparents were: his paternal grandfather, the King of Norway; his paternal grandmother, the Queen of Norway; his maternal grandfather, Prince Carl of Sweden; his maternal grandmother, Princess Ingeborg of Sweden; his uncle, the King of Belgium; King George VI and Queen Mary of the United Kingdom; and Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark. Royal family already had two daughters, Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid.
In 1940 when The Second world war came, the entire royal family had to flee their homes. It was very dramatic journey for all family. The Germans repeated attempts to kill the King through bombing. King thought that will be safer for the family to split up.
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 King and Crown Prince Olav would remain in Norway and the Crown Princess was to make her way to Sweden with the three children. At the border station princess has problems. Influential Swedish politicians including Minister of Justice Westman wanted the Crown Princess and Prince Harald to be sent back to Norway. Royal family started planning relocating to the United States. On 17 August the Crown Princess and her children left for the United States from Petsamo, Finland, aboard the 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.
In the autumn of 1945 he was enrolled in third grade of Smestad skole as the first royal to attend a public school. In 1955 he graduated from Oslo katedralskole and in the autumn of that year, Harald began studies at the University of Oslo. Later he attended the Cavalry Officers’ Candidate School at Trandum, followed by enrolment at the Norwegian Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1959. In 1960, Harald entered Balliol College, Oxford where he studied history, economics and politics.
Crown Prince Harald attended the Council of State for the first time on 27 September 1957 and took the oath to the Constitution of Norway on 21 February 1958.
Crown Prince Harald provoked a reaction when he announced he intended to marry a non-royal, Sonja Haraldsen. Wedding was at Oslo Domkirke in Oslo on 29 August 1968. That marriage that sparked much public controversy at the time. The couple have two children, Princess Martha Louise and Crown Prince Haakon.
The King is 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.
With his sailing crew he won World Championship bronze, silver and gold medals, in 1988, 1982 and 1987, respectively. In July 2005, the King and his crew aboard the royal sailboat Fram XV won the gold medal at the European Championships in Sweden. In the 2007 World Championship the King obtained a sixth place.