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Born in Oslo, Norway

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King Harald V was born on February 21, 1937 in Oslo, Norway. He is an actor, known for Til Vesterheimen (1939), Nobelprisceremonin (1957) and A Royal Family (2003). He has been married to Dronning Sonja since August 29, 1968. They have two children.

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Dronning Sonja (29 August 1968 - present) (2 children)

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King of Norway since 17 January 1991.
Following the occupation of Norway in 1940, his mother accepted an invitation from Franklin D. Roosevelt to take refuge in the United States. They would later spend several weeks in the White House and King Harald himself remembers quite clearly standing right behind President Roosevelt when he was sworn in for his fourth term. At the time, the war was still going on, the President was not feeling well, and so, at the insistence of his advisers, he agreed to be inaugurated actually inside the White House.
Has 6 grandchildren: Princess Ingrid Alexandra (b. 21 January 2004), Prince Sverre Magnus (b. 3 December 2005, Kronprins Haakon and Kronprinsesse Mette Marit's daughter and son), Marius Borg Høiby (b.13 January 1997, Mette Marits son with Morten Borg), Maud Angelica Behn (b. 29 April 2003), Leah Isadora Behn (b. 8 April 2005) and Emma Tallulah Behn (b. 29 September 2008, daughters of Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn).
When he met Bill Clinton in the White House in 2000, he didn't need a guided tour because -as he told the president- he knew his way around the place after having played in the corridors of the White House as a young child (he lived there with his mother and sisters when the royal family was exiled from Norway during World War II).
In 2004, he made an involuntary guest-appearance on the MTV comedy-show "Kenneth B, Kenneth B". His image appeared in an animation-skit called "Dictator eye for the nice but ultimately pointless democratic guy", where he was given make-over tips by the likes of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein.
Studied history, economics and politics at Balliol College in Oxford.
Participated at several Olympic Games in the yachting events and carried Norway's flag in the opening ceremony of the 1964 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.
Has two older sisters named Princess Ragnhild Alexandra (b.1930) and Princess Astrid Maud (b.1932).
Grandson of Dronning Maud and King Haakon VII. Great-grandson of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Great-great grandson Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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