Olav V of Norway

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Olav V
King Olav in 1957
King of Norway
Reign21 September 1957 – 17 January 1991
Benediction[a]22 June 1958
PredecessorHaakon VII
SuccessorHarald V
Prime ministers
BornPrince Alexander of Denmark
(1903-07-02)2 July 1903
Appleton House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Died17 January 1991(1991-01-17) (aged 87)
The Royal Lodge, Holmenkollen, Oslo, Norway
Burial30 January 1991
Princess Märtha of Sweden
(m. 1929; died 1954)
Full name
Olav, né Alexander Edward Christian Frederik
FatherHaakon VII of Norway
MotherMaud of Wales
Sports career
Medal record
Representing  Norway
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1928 Amsterdam 6 m mixed
5.5 Metre World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Seawanhaka 5.5m
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Hankø 5.5m

Olav V (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈûːlɑːv dɛn ˈfɛ̂mtə];[1] born Prince Alexander of Denmark; 2 July 1903 – 17 January 1991) was King of Norway from 1957 until his death in 1991.

Olav was the only child of King Haakon VII of Norway and Maud of Wales. He became heir apparent to the Norwegian throne when his father was elected King of Norway in 1905.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Coronation discarded by constitutional amendment in 1908. Olav V instead received benediction in Nidaros Cathedral.

References[change | change source]

  1. Berulfsen, Bjarne (1969). Norsk Uttaleordbok (in Norwegian). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co (W Nygaard). pp. 64, 91, 232.