Last night’s glittering dinner saw royals from across Europe assemble in Oslo to toast the 80th birthdays of Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja.  And this afternoon the celebrations continued with a birthday lunch aboard the royal yacht, HNoMY Norge, although the wet weather was hardly ideal for an afternoon on the water.  However, the rain didn’t seem to dampen guests’ spirits as a cheerful parade of royals arrived to continue the celebrations, with Sophie Countess of Wessex adding a real splash of colour to proceedings.

Sophie, 52, kept the rest of her outfit simple, stepping out in navy skinny trousers and nude flats and looked youthful with her hair drawn back in a half ponytail style.

Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja arrive at a gala dinner to celebrate their 80th birthdays on Tuesday night. The birthday Queen wore a striking line-green number complete with a dazzling tiara and a shimmering silver clutch.

An official photo released by Norway’s Royal Court shows King Harald and Queen Sonja celebrating their 80th Birthdays surrounded by members of their family.


The Countess of Wessex, 52, was the belle of the ball in a sweeping emerald gown as she joined a host of European royals (and  Icelandic President Gudni Johannesson, pictured) in Oslo to honour Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja’s 80th birthdays.


Desiree Kogevinas pulled a silly face as she joined Princess Sofia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel on the balcony.


Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrive together at the gala dinner.


Prince Albert of Monaco and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark made an appearance for the royal couple’s joint celebrations.

Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark (left), princess Sofia of Sweden  and Bernhard Mach (C) attend to the gala dinner as part of celebrations.

King Harald celebrated his birthday on February 21, while Queen Sonja will reach the milestone on July 4. Further celebrations to mark the occasion are scheduled throughout the week.  The Royal Guard will march from the palace through the city to the Oslo Opera House and festivities will end with a fireworks display.

Lady Elizabeth Shakerly arrived with Carlos Eugster and Desiree Kogevinas, the 39 year old daughter of Sweden’s Countess Bernadotte and Nicos Eletherios Kogevinas.

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, opted for a suitably nautical look for her afternoon aboard the yacht and arrived linking arms with her husband Prince Pavlos.


Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana share a joke as they arrive for his mother and father’s birthday lunch

Queen Maxima of The Netherlands looked elegant in Chanel as she walked the red carpet with her husband King Willem Alexander

The mother-of-two was a ray of sunshine in a bright red coat, which she teamed with a multi-coloured patterned scarf.


Sophie, Countess of Wessex, brightened up a dull afternoon in Oslo in a vibrant red coat and colourful patterned scarf


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