The King and Queen celebrate King Harald V of Norway's 25th jubilee

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January, The King and Queen attended King Harald V of Norway's 25th jubilee celebrations.

On the Saturday, The King and Queen attended a gala dinner at Skaugum, hosted by Norway's Crown Prince couple.

The jubilee day, 17 January

Sunday 17 January was the 25th jubilee of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway. The jubilee day began with a service in the palace chapel.

The Norwegian Confederation of Sports then arranged a demonstration of winter activities at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

During the demonstration of winter activities at the Royal Palace in Oslo. From left: Bjørn Dæhlie, Princess Märtha Louise, King Harald, President of the Norwegian Confederation of Sports Tom Tvedt and Ari Behn (front). Photo: Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/TT

At 13:00, gun salutes were fired in honour of King Harald from fortifications throughout Norway. The King and Queen of Norway then hosted lunch at the Royal Palace in Oslo. This was followed by the Norwegian Government's jubilee performance for King Harald, with Prime Minister Erna Solberg welcoming the attendees.

The evening concluded with a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

The King gave a speech of thanks, in which he said: "It is a real pleasure to be here this evening, celebrating this 25th jubilee with you! Our two nations, Norway and Sweden, have strong links to each other. We share much of our history. We are united by deep forests and mighty mountains. And – for the most part! – we understand each other's languages and customs. But our families are also very close, and have been close for many years.

"King Olav was my godfather, and a beloved role model to me. My godson, Crown Prince Haakon, is very dear to me, and he in turn is godfather to our first grandchild, Princess Estelle. And I know that Crown Princess Victoria is extremely fond of her godfather, King Harald."

Find out more about the jubilee at the Royal House of Norway's websiteexternal link, opens in new window.