The world's oldest reigning monarch, Norway's robust 85-year-old King Olav V, spent three hours on his balcony, briskly waving at thousands of children in a colorful Constitution Day parade.
Sunny weather in Oslo drew large crowds to Wednesday's parade by students and marching bands from more than 150 schools. In the northern city of Bodoe children braved hailstones for their march."The 17th of May is Norway's Day. It belongs to Norwegians," said Defense Minister Johan Joergen Holst, during a visit to Sweden.
The holiday marks the end of Norway's reluctant union with Sweden in 1904.