Princess Astrid’s eightieth birthday. The royal court has released four handout photos (by Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen), shown above.
According to the royal court the birthday party was also attended by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess as well as Princess Märtha Louise (who was apparently in the Netherlands earlier in the day, promoting her angel book). The photos show that Princess Ragnhild and her husband Erling Lorentzen was also present. The couple, who are 81 and 89 respectively, live in Brazil and have not been much seen in Norway in recent years.
Coincidentially, both the Queen and Princess Astrid wore the same necklaces as they wore for Princess Astrid’s 75th birthday party in 2007. While the Princess’s appears to be of fairly recent origins, the Queen’s originally belonged to the King’s great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra of Britain.
On Wednesday there will be another family gathering, when the royal family en masse will attend the opening of the first of the six exhibitions based on the royal collections which is the government’s present to the King and Queen for their 75th birthdays.