Haakon VII of Norway

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Haakon VII of Norway

Born 3 August 1872
Charlottenlund, Denmark
Died 21 September 1957
Oslo, Norway
Spouse Maud of Wales

King Haakaon VII of Norway (1872 – 1957) was the first Norwegian king after the separation of Norway from Sweden in 1905. He was born as Danish Prince Carl of Denmark and Iceland, his birth Christening name being Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel, in the 3 August 1872 at Charlottenlund outside Copenhagen, Denmark.


King Haakon was loved much by the Norwegian people and gained much respect as well as playing importantly role in unitising the Norwegian nation in resisting the brutal racist Nazi occupying of Norway during World War II for over five years.

Prince Carl was lived in the royal Danish house in Copenhagen and schooled at home before being educated finally at Royal Danish Naval Academy from where he graduated near the bottom of class. Later there was scandal with suicide of Kai Simonsen and he became important witness.

In the Buckingham Palace of England Prince Carl made Princess Maud of Wales his dear wife and first cousin. She was daughter (youngest) of the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark who became a daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel. Their son, Prince Alexander, became the future Crown Prince Olav and ultimately King Olav V of Norway, who was born on 2 July 1903.

He (Haakon) is regarded widely as one of if not the greatest living Norwegians of twentieth century and is revered especially for his Viking-like courageness during the Germany invasion and the heroic leadership and preservation of Norwegian oneness during the Nazi occupation. In 1957 at age of 85, he died.


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