Norway's royal women wear crowns of flowers of a special day for King Harald and Queen Sonja
Twenty five years ago today, she walked into Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim dressed all in white as she and her husband were blessed as King and Queen of Norway. Sonja returned exactly a quarter of a century on, still all in white, for a special ceremony marking her and her husband's silver jubilee. There was no coronation that day in 1991 but on this special anniversary, Queen Sonja later appeared in a crown of flowers. It was a fitting end to a happy day.
Harald and Sonja of Norway during the special service marking 25 years as King and Queen
King Harald and Queen Sonja are currently on a Jubilee tour which will take them to many corners of Norway. But this stop was always going to be filled with meaning. Trondheim was the seat of the Kings of Norway in times past and it was the capital of Norway until 1217. It was there that Harald and Sonja took part in a special ceremony in 1991 as their reign got under way. Today, it was the scene of more celebrations for what has already been a hugely successful jubilee.
The royal couple, accompanied by their children and grandchildren, arrived at Nidaros Cathedral for a special service of thanksgiving for their 25 years on the throne in the grey light of a Norwegian morning.