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The King of Norway’s 70th Birthday

Production year: 2007 | 1*58 | Genres: Royal
It is sixteen years ago that he was first addressed as ‘Your Majesty’. It took him a while to realize, that it was he himself who was being spoken to.
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Kong Harald 70 år
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: SD

‘I have an unfortunate tendency to laugh at the wrong moment and in the wrong place. It’s a failing common to the whole family, and to keep a straight face we have to try not to catch each other’s eye.’ King Harald is noted for his ability to resort to humour to lighten the atmosphere when things become strained, but he willingly admits that his sense of fun can sometimes cause problems.

It is sixteen years ago that he was first addressed as ‘Your Majesty’. That was on the evening that his father, King Olav V, died, and it took him a moment or two to realize that it was he himself who was being spoken to.

In conversation with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s Anne Grosvold, King Harald reveals how he has developed his role as king and discusses the qualities he sees as important in his capacity as head of state. Life as Norway’s reigning monarch is quite different from what it was when he was merely heir to the throne, and the programme is thus largely concerned with his later years.

In addition, the king affords viewers a rare insight into the more private aspects of his life, which include shooting and fishing, and the programme also includes a sequence showing him preparing for an important regatta.

There are also interviews with the people who know the king best, that is, members of his own family: Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, and Princess Märtha Louise.

Others who appear in the programme are Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, prominent Norwegian politicians, personal friends and people who have met the king ‘on the job’. Among them are Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Bishop Finn Wagle and Ambassador Lars Petter Forberg.

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