After nine years of dating, Crown Prince Harald of Norway finally became engaged to Sonja Haraldsen on 19 March 1968. The couple first met at a party in 1959 and the romance blossomed soon after, however the relationship had been kept secret because Sonja was a commoner and that time commoner’s were not allowed to marry into the royal family. Harald informed his father, Olav V, that he would marry no one else, and since he was the sole heir to the throne, Olav consulted with the government and the laws were changed to allow them to marry.
The couple were married on 29 August 1968 at Oslo Cathedral and Sonja became HRH the Crown Princess of Norway. The city of Oslo embraced the royal wedding fully, bedecking the streets with flags and flowers, while businesses displayed the monogram of the Crown Prince and Princess on their windows. Along the procession route between the cathedral and Royal Palace, thousands of soldiers lined the route which was festooned with hundreds of flowers, including roses, marguerites, freesias, sweet peas and gladioli.
Sonja’s wedding gown was created by Oslo clothing store Molstad. Its simplicity was reminiscent of the era with three-quarter length sleeves and a long train. It was decorated with white pearls and embroidery and complemented by the long tulle veil and bouquet of white roses, freesias, lilies of the valley and orchids.
Sonja’s choice of wedding gown was made by Molstad, an Oslo clothing store, and the silhouette was typical for the era with its high neck, flared skirt, three-quarter length sleeves, and a long train. The dress was simply embellished with embroidery and white pearls around the neckline and the cuffs, while the bride carried a bouquet white roses, freesias, lilies of the valley and orchids. The long tulle veil was the same length as the train and was held in place by a floral headpiece.