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Haakon VII

Born: 1872 AD
Died: 1957 AD

1872 – Born in Charlottenlund on the 3rd of August.

1896 – Prince Carl married his first cousin Princess Maud of Wales, youngest daughter of the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark, daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Princess Louise of Hesse-Cassel.

1905 – After the Union between Sweden and Norway was dissolved, a committee of the Norwegian government identified several members of European royalty as candidates for Norway’s first king of its own in several centuries.

       – Prince Carl was formally offered the throne of Norway by the Storting on the 18th of November.

1906 – Haakon’s coronation took place in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim on the 2nd of June.

1911 – Became the first human to reach the South Pole.

1914 – Haakon County in South Dakota was named in his honor.

1940 – Norway was invaded by the naval and air forces of Nazi Germany during the early hours of April 9th.

1942-1945 – The end of the war in June the King and his son, Crown Prince Olav, lived at Foliejon Park in Winkfield, near Windsor.

1955 – His struggles against the Nazi regime and his effort to revive the Holmenkollen ski festival following World War II, King Haakon VII earned the Holmenkollen Medal.

1957 – Died at the age of 85 on the 21st of September, after having reigned for 52 years.