Haakon VII (August 3, 1872 - September 21, 1957) was the first King of Norway after the secession from Sweden in 1905. Baptized Carl, he was the second son of king Frederick VIII of Denmark, a younger brother of king Christian X of Denmark and a grandson of king Carl IV of Sweden. He is a direct descendant of Josephine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon.
Prince Carl becomes king on November 18, 1905 and was crowned at Trondheim in June 1906. The king married Princess Maud, youngest daughter of Edward VII of the United Kingdom. Their son, Prince Olav, was born in 1903. At Haakon's death in 1957 Prince Olav succeeded as Olav V.
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