The King also chose to continue the tradition of royal benediction , a tradition that had been introduced with his father , and was consecrated together with Queen Sonja in the Nidaros Cathedral on the The reign of King Harald has been marked by modernization and reform for the Norwegian Royal family.
The King has cooperated closely with Queen Sonja and the Crown Prince in making the royal household more open to the Norwegian public and the Norwegian media.
King Harald's decision to accept two more commoners into the royal family, that being Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Ari Behn , has been interpreted as a sign of modernization and adjustment.
The latter three have also been opened to the public and tourists. He receives foreign envoys, and opens parliament every October.
According to the Norwegian constitution, he appoints his government. Since parliamentarism has been in place in Norway, meaning that the government has to have support from Parliament.
The King appoints the leader of the parliamentary bloc with the majority as prime minister. When the parliamentary situation is unclear, the king relies on the advice of the President of Parliament and the sitting prime minister.
As the Norwegian head of state, the King formally opens the parliamentary session every autumn, delivering a speech from the throne during each opening.
He travels extensively throughout Norway and makes official state visits to other countries, as well as receiving and hosting guests.
The King opened the games, while the Crown Prince lit the cauldron , paying tribute to both the King and his grandfather as Olympians.
However, he wasn't present in Vancouver ; the Crown Prince attended instead, with the King and Queen attending later in the games.
With his sailing crew he won World Championship bronze, silver and gold medals, in , and , respectively. In the World Championship the King came in sixth place.
Twice since the start of the twenty-first century King Harald was unable to perform his monarchical duties due to ill-health: Crown Prince Haakon served as the country's regent on both occasions.
Until , the King of Norway was, according to the constitution, the formal head of the Church of Norway. The constitutional amendment of 21 May made the King no longer the formal head, but he is still required to be of the Evangelical Lutheran religion.
On 8 May , the King's constitutional status as holy was dissolved, while leaving his sovereign immunity intact. In , he became the world's first reigning monarch to visit Antarctica , specifically the Norwegian dependency Queen Maud Land.
When the King and Queen turned 80 years in , the King decided to open the former royal stables to the public as a gift to his wife, the Queen.
The new venue was named The Queen Sonja Art Stable and is the first institution owned by the royal family which is permanently open to the public.
Olav and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. Harald is the first foreign monarch in the line of succession to the British throne , because of his descent from King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.
He is also an honorary fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. King Harald is closely related to other European monarchs. Patrilineal descent is the principle behind membership in royal houses, as it can be traced back through the generations — which means that if Harald V were to choose an historically accurate house name it would be Oldenburg , as all his male-line ancestors have been of that house.
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Union with Denmark and Sweden Kalmar Union. Harald I Halfdansson Harald Fairhair c. Eric I Haraldsson Eric Bloodaxe c. Haakon I Haraldsson Haakon the Good c.
Harald Bluetooth — c. Tora Skagesdatter Nine children [ citation needed ]. Olaf I Tryggvason — Sweyn Forkbeard —  de jure.
Earl Eric Haakonsson —  de facto. Gytha Svendsdatter One son [ citation needed ]. Earl Sweyn Haakonsson —  de facto. Holmfrid Eriksdatter Two daughters [ citation needed ].
Astrid Olofsdotter One daughter. Earl Haakon Ericsson — de facto. Gunhild One daughter [ citation needed ]. Magnus I Olafsson Magnus the Good — Magnus II Haraldsson — Ingerid of Denmark No issue.
Margaret Fredkulla No issue. Olaf IV Magnusson — Eystein I Magnusson — Sigurd I Magnusson Sigurd the Crusader — Christina of Denmark c.
Ingrid of Sweden c. Inge I Haraldsson Inge the Hunchback — Eystein II Haraldsson — Ragna Nikolasdatter No issue. Magnus V Haraldsson — Magnus V Erlingsson — Margaret of Sweden Haakon III Sverresson — Before Illegitimate son of Sverre.