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Queen Sonja’s 75th Birthday

  July 4, 2012 at 12:00 am by

Today, Queen Sonja celebrates her 75th birthday. She was born as Sonja Haraldsen on July 4th, 1937. She grew up in the district of Vinderen in Oslo as the youngest child of Karl August and Dagny Haraldsen. She met Crown Prince Harald in 1959. The couple had to wait 9 years until King Olav had given his consent for the Crown Prince to marry a commoner, after the Crown Prince … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit in Bergen

  June 7, 2012 at 1:29 am by

On June 6th, 2012, Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited the city of Bergen. First, she visited the Centre for Crisis Psychology. The centre has extensive experience with people who have experienced deep crisis in their lives. The centre has been working since 1988 particularly with people suffering from post traumatic stress disorders, chronic or delayed grief. Crown Princess Mette-Marit took part in a meeting at the center. Atle Dyregrov, the head of … Continue reading

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King Harald and Queen Sonja Celebrate 75th Birthdays

  June 3, 2012 at 6:28 am by

On May 31st, 2012 King Harald and Queen Sonja celebrated both their 75th birthdays together with the Norwegian people. King Harald turned 75 on February 21st, Queen Sonja will be 75 on July 4th. The day started with the reception of congratulatory deputations, from among others Prime Minister and the Mayor of Oslo. Afterwards they were joined by the whole Royal Family, including the Crown Princely Family, Princess Märtha Louise … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Couple visits Møre and Romsdal

  May 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm by

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit paid a county visit to Møre and Romsdal from May 24th until 26th, 2012. They lived on the Royal Yacht ‘Norge’ during the visit. They were first welcomed in Geiranger on May 24th. They enjoyed the magnificent view at the lookout ‘Flydalsjuvet’. Afterwards they visited the Norwegian Fjord Centre. There they were joined by Prince Sverre Magnus. Due to a strike, which also … Continue reading

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Norway Celebrates National Day

  May 19, 2012 at 5:45 am by

On May 17th, Norway celebrates its National Day. As every year, the Norwegian Royal Family is involved in the celebration. The day started with Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius Borg Høiby greeting the Children’s Parade on the stairs of Skaugum Estate, all dressed in traditional clothes called bunads. Like last year, the family dog Milly Kakao was with them, wearing a ribbon in … Continue reading

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Norwegian State Visit to Poland

  May 12, 2012 at 7:30 am by

King Harald and Queen Sonja paid a three-day visit to Poland between May 9 and 11, 2012. On Wednesday, they were formally welcomed by Poland’s President, Bronisław Komorowski, and his wife Anna Komorowska at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. Afterwards they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw to commemorate the unknown Polish soldiers who had fallen in the First World War and the subsequent … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit Cycles to Work

  April 24, 2012 at 7:20 am by

On Tuesday April 24th, Crown Princess Mette-Marit cycled to work, accompanied amongst others by representatives of the “Cycle to Work Campaign”. The bike ride started at about 8 o’clock in the morning at Skaugum Estate. It was only 2.5 degrees cold and thick fog was hanging over Skaugum. “Does anyone know the way?” asked the Crown Princess with a sly smile when they started. During a brief stop at Lysaker, … Continue reading

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Official Visit from the UK to Norway, Day 2 and 3

  March 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm by

On the second day of their official visit, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Bergen together with King Harald and Queen Sonja. While King Harald and Prince Charles began their programme with a visit to the research vessel M/V Brennholm, Queen Sonja and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Granebo Outdoor Nursery School located at the top of Fløyen mountain. Afterwards all four of them attended … Continue reading

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Official Visit from the UK to Norway, Day 1

  March 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall started their eight-day tour of Scandinavia as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a visit to Norway from March 20th to March 22nd, 2012. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit welcomed the British Royals at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo. At Akershus Fortress, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall met King Harald and Queen Sonja. After … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royal Family at Holmenkollen

  March 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm by

As every year, the Norwegian Royal Family watched the World Cup Ski Jumping at Holmenkollen in Oslo on March 11th, 2012. King Harald and Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Princess Astrid were all present, and also brought the Crown Princely Family’s dog, Milly Cocoa, with them. The whole family was in a good mood and enjoyed the day together. … Continue reading

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King Harald’s 75th Birthday

  February 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm by

Today, King Harald turns 75 years old. He was born on February 21st, 1937 at his parents’ home, the country estate of Skaugum, near Oslo. He has two elder sisters, Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid, but at that time the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 stipulated that only male heirs could inherit the Throne, therefore he acceded to the Throne when his father passed away on January 17th, 1991. He became … Continue reading

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Royal Family at Exhibition “Royal Journeys 1905-2005″

  February 16, 2012 at 9:11 am by

King Harald and Queen Sonja attended the opening of the exhibition “Royal Journeys 1905-2005″ at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo on February 15th, 2012. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise and Princess Astrid were also in attendance. The exhibition is the Norwegian government’s present to King Harald and Queen Sonja for both their 75th birthday this year. It consists of six exhibitions with … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid’s 80th Birthday

  February 12, 2012 at 5:24 am by

Today, Princess Astrid celebrates her 80th birthday. In honour of the occasion, King Harald and Queen Sonja will host a gala banquet at the Royal Palace. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Märtha Louise will attend as well. Princess Astrid was born at Villa Solbakken in Oslo on February 12th, 1932 as second child of King Olav and Crown Princess Märtha. She was named Astrid Maud Ingeborg after … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Couple at the World Economic Forum

  January 28, 2012 at 4:53 am by

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 in Davos from January 25th-29th. Crown Prince Haakon has been present at the annual meeting every year since 2005 except for 2008. “It’s good to be here with an experienced companion,” said Crown Princess Mette-Marit. It’s the second time the couple attends together. Crown Prince Haakon was an active member of Young Global Leaders, a … Continue reading

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 8th birthday

  January 21, 2012 at 8:50 am by

Today, January 21st, Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrates her 8th birthday. She was born at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo in 2004 as first child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who has a son Marius from a previous relationship who lives with the Crown Princely Family. She is second in line for the Norwegian throne, after her father. Her godparents are His Majesty The King, His Royal Highness … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Couple attends NHO Conference

  January 7, 2012 at 3:06 am by

On January 5th, 2012 the annual NHO (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) Conference took place at the Opera and Ballet House in Oslo. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening and the first part of the conference. Also in attendance were the NHO President Kristin Skogen Lund, who welcomed the Crown Prince Couple, and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The NHO is the largest trade association for companies … Continue reading

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‘God Jul’ from the Norwegian Royal Family

  December 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm by

On Monday December 19th, the traditional Christmas shoot took place at the Royal Palace. This year, photos of the Royal Couple together with the Crown Prince Family were taken in the Red Parlour. Queen Sonja read “Hvordan snøen fikk farge” (“How the snow got colour”), an old tale retold by Dan Lindholm. Prince Sverre Magnus was quite interested in the Christmas tree and couldn’t sit still, while Princess Ingrid Alexandra … Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize 2011

  December 12, 2011 at 10:10 am by

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s human rights activist Tawakkul Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”, according to a release from the prize committee. It is the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three women. The … Continue reading

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Prince Sverre Magnus’ 6th Birthday

  December 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm by

Prince Sverre Magnus celebrates his 6th birthday today. He is the youngest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. He was born on December 3rd, 2005 at Rikshospitalet in Oslo and christened on March 4th, 2006 in the Palace Chapel. His godparents are Her Majesty The Queen, Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Her Royal Highness Princess Rosario … Continue reading

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Documentary about Crown Princess Mette-Marit

  November 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm by

NRK aired a documentary on Norwegian television about Crown Princess Mette-Marit in November 2011. A filmcrew from NRK followed the Crown Princess for one and a half years. Part one shows the Crown Princely family in their everyday life, like having breakfast together, but also in work-related contexts, for example the events on the National Day in Norway (May 17th). It also contains interviews with Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s closest family … Continue reading

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