In 1959, Crown Prince Harald of Norway met Miss Sonja Haraldsen at a party. The couple dated for nine years before tying the knot.
The Crown Prince and Miss Haraldsen relationship had been kept secret because she was a commoner.
Harald gave his father, King Olav V, the ultimatum that if he was not allowed to marry Sonja he would remain unmarried for life. This would have ended the reign of his family and and likely to the monarchy in Norway, as Harald was the sole heir to the throne.
In March 1968, the Royal Court of Norway announced the permission of marriage given by King Olav V to his son, Crown Prince Harald.Embed from Getty Images
Crown Prince Harald of Norway with his fiancee Sonja Haraldsen, on March 20, 1968 in Oslo.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Love finally wins!
The wedding of Crown Prince Harald and Miss Sonja Haraldsen took place on 29th August 1968 at Oslo Cathedral (Norwegian: Oslo Domkirke).
Sonja’s father, Karl August Haraldsen, died on March 9, 1959 in Oslo. Miss Haraldsen was escorted down the aisle by her future father-in-law King Olav V.Embed from Getty Images
Crown Prince Harald, the bride Sonja Haraldsen, Dagny Ulrichsen (Sonja’s mother) and King Olav V.
Queen Sonja’s Wedding Dress is a Sculpture
Sonja’s wedding dress was looked forward to with joy and excitement. The long-awaited gown was designed by Sigrid Vedeler from Norwegian fashion house Molstad.Embed from Getty Images
The dress is very typical for the latter half of the sixties. A simple yet classic gown, elegant cut, long sleeves with pearl embellishments and high neck with an upright collar.
The silk fabric, zibeline, is so stiff that the dress skirt can stand on its own. The long tow, in the same silk fabric, is attached to the shoulders.
Miss Haraldsen chose to keep her accessories minimal. The only jewelry she wore was a pair of pearl stud earrings.
The bride did not wear a diadem. She opted for a white floral piece in her hair. The bridal veil was attached to the floral piece.Embed from Getty Images
The bridal bouquet, made by legendary retired decorator Fernando Menk, consisted of only white flowers: orchids, roses, lily of the valley and Sonja’s favorite flower, freesia.
The four bridesmaids wore light blue long dresses and carried small bunches of flowers.
Miss Haraldsen acquired the style of Royal Highness and the title of Crown Princess of Norway.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds were driving through the streets of the capital and returned to Oslo Royal Palace for the reception and appeared on the balcony to wave the people.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Harald ascended to the throne upon the death of his father King Olav V on 17 January 1991. They are now King and Queen of Norway.
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