Harald & Sonja 80th birthday celebrations Day 2

Following the big tiara-filled gala dinner on May 9, the royals came out for Day 2 of the 80th Birthday celebrations of King Harald and Queen Sonja, which was a government-hosted black tie dinner at the Opera House in Oslo. It was rainy and wet so the royals had to cover up with umbrellas and outerwear.

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Royals in tiaras for King Harald & Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday dinner

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.

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Times: HM wants William, Kate & Harry to focus on state business now that Philip is retiring

First we had a bunch of articles telling us that William’s move back to London in the autumn was planned to coincide with Prince Philip’s retirement; then we had the Express tell us that the timing was a happy coincidence, but Kate is totally going to model herself on Philip. Now we have the Times telling us that The Queen wants Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry to step up their game and stop playing around with their dumb crap.

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Prince Philip stepping down from public duties

In the wee hours of the morning on May 4, there was word that there was a meeting called with the royal staff about a big announcement regarding the royals, and speculation went wild wondering what it was about. It turned out not to be as drastic as had been speculated, but it was very significant: Prince Philip has decided he will no longer carry out public engagements.

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