Last night, May 9, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway held a joint 80th birthday dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo – their birthdays are February 21 (for Harald) and July 4 (for Sonja). A truck load of Norwegian and foreign royals attended including crowd favorites Crown Princess Victoria, Queen Maxima, and The Countess of Wessex.
4th Row L-R: Princess Tatiana (of Greece), Prince Nikolaos (of Greece), Princess Mabel (of the Netherlands), Prince Constantijn (of the Netherlands), Princess Sofia (of Sweden), Prince Carl Philip (of Sweden), Crown Princess Marie Chantal (of Greece), Crown Prince Pavlos (of Greece), Hereditary Grand Duke Guillame (of Luxembourg), Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie (of Luxembourg), The Countess of Wessex (of the United Kingdom), Desiree Kogevinas (of Sweden), Carlos Euguster (of Sweden).
3rd Row L-R: Lady Elizabeth Shakerly (of the United Kingdom), Queen Anne-Marie (of Greece), Princess Beatrix (of the Netherlands), Prince Daniel (of Sweden), Crown Princess Victoria (of Sweden), Crown Princess Mette-Marit (of Norway), Crown Prince Haakon (of Norway), Princess Martha Louise (of Norway), Crown Prince Frederik (of Denmark), Crown Princess Mary (of Denmark), Madeleine Bernadotte Kogevinas, Bernhard Mach, Jenni Haukio (wife of President of Finland), Eliza Reid (wife of President of Iceland).
2nd Row L-R: Princess Astrid (of Norway), Queen Maxima (of the Netherlands), King Willem Alexander (of the Netherlands), Prince Albert (of Monaco), Queen Silvia (of Sweden), King Carl Gustaf (of Sweden), Queen Sonja, King Harald, Queen Margrethe (of Denmark), Grand Duke Henri (of Luxembourg), Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (of Luxembourg), King Philippe (of Belgium), Queen Mathilde (of Belgium), President of Finland, President of Iceland.
1st Row L-R: Emma Tallulah Behn (of Norway), Leah Isadora Behn (of Norway), Maud Angelica Behn (of Norway), Princess Ingrid Alexandra (of Norway), Prince Sverre Magnus (of Norway).
Taking a page out of Queen Elizabeth’s book, Queen Sonja outed for neon green for her big birthday celebration. She went full neon with a lime green ballgown with lace on the bodice and sleeves, and Empress Josephine’s Emerald Parure.
Both Sonja and King Harald wore the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
Crown Prince Haakon walked in with Queen Margrethe, who wore the teal lace gown she wore to the recent State Visit from Belgium and the Floral Aigrette Tiara. Both sported the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
Crown Princess Mette-Marit walked in with King Carl Gustaf – both wore the Order of St. Olav (Norway). The Vifte Tiara Mette-Marit is wearing is barely visible in this photo.
Princess Martha Louise sported King Philippe on her arm, a new navy gown from Cecilie Melli, and King Olav’s Gift Tiara. Both sported the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
Princess Astrid and Prince Nikolaos walked in together, both wearing the Order of St. Olav (Norway). Astrid wore Queen Maud’s Turquoise Tiara.
Queen Mathilde was accompanied by Prince Carl Philip. Mathilde wore the red Armani gown from last year’s State Visit from Jordan and the Wolfers Necklace Tiara. Both royals wore the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
Princess Tatiana and Princess Sofia walked in on either arm of Bernhard Mach. Tatiana wore the Antique Corsage Tiara and a green dress with bell sleeves (I hate this trend). She also wore the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia (Greece).
Sofia wore the black Oscar de la Renta gown she wore to the 2015 Nobels and a new-to-her tiara: the Six Button Tiara. She’s sporting the Order of the Seraphim (Sweden). Is is just me or do the button tiaras really suit Sofia?
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel on the balcony (the royals did a balcony appearance before the dinner). Victoria wore a repeated blue Elie Saab and the Baden Fringe Tiara. Victoria wore the Order of St. Olav (Norway), and Daniel wore the Order of the Seraphim (Sweden).
Also in the above photo are, L-R: Jenni Haukio, Desiree Kogevinas, and Carlos Eugster.
King Willem-Alexander escorted Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, wearing a black dress, pink coat, and the Belgian Scroll Tiara. Both rocked the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
Queen Maxima was escorted by Grand Duke Henri. Max repeated the Jan Taminiau gown she wore to Prinsjesdag in 2015 and the Dutch Sapphire and Diamond Tiara. Both wore the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
Princess Beatrix, wearing the Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara, was paired with Crown Prince Frederik. They both wore the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
Crown Princess Mary was paired with Prince Albert (who went solo because Charlene doesn’t like attending things). Mary wore her Diamond and Ruby Necklace Tiara and the Order of St. Olav (Norway). Albert did not wear any orders at all.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie had two gents on her arms: Carlos Augster and Prince Constantijn. Stephanie wore Grand Duchess Marie-Adelaide Tiara and the Order of Adolphe of Nassau (Luxembourg). Constantijn wore the Order of the Netherlands Lion (Nehterlands), and Carlos wore no orders.
Queen Silvia, wearing the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara and a repeated blue gown, was accompanied by the President of Finland – both wore the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
Sophie, Countess of Wessex was accompanied by the President of Iceland. Sophie wore the Single Aquamarine Tiara and a new gown by Suzannah: V Curve Gown Bottle Green (£1,850.00). Sophie wore the Royal Victorian Order (Britain), while the President of Iceland wore the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
This is my favorite look from Sophie ever. She looks amazing.
PS. Edward had an engagement in the UK which is why he couldn’t attend.
Also representing the UK was Lady Elizabeth Shakerly, who walked in with Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, who wore a Valentino gown and her Diamond Fringe Tiara.
Queen Anne-Marie walked in with Princess Mabel. Anne-Marie wore the Greek Ruby Tiara, and Mabel wore the Dutch Pearl Button Tiara. Anne-Marie wore the Order of the Redeemer (Greece), and Mabel did not wear any orders.
Bonus photo of Harald giving Sonja a kiss after her speech.
Below are some close ups of the group photo so you can see the tiaras a bit better.
[Thomas Brun, NTB scanpix]
[Thomas Brun, NTB scanpix]
[Thomas Brun, NTB scanpix]