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Queen Sonja Turns 78 Today

  July 4, 2015 at 6:29 am by

Sonja Haraldsen was born in Oslo on July 4, 1937 and her parents were Karl August Haraldsen and Dagny Ulrichsen. She completed her studies in Oslo and received her diploma in dressmaking and tailoring. She then moved to Lausanne, Switzerland where she obtained a diploma in accounting, fashion design, and social science. Sonja then returned to Oslo and continued her studies and received an undergraduate degree in French, English and … Continue reading

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Norwegian Crown Prince Couple Host Soccer Game At Skaugum

  June 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm by

For the second year, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit hosted a football match at their home, Skaugum. The ‘friendly’ was played between Team Skaugum and the Brane Tigers, a team of players who have intellectual disabilities and first represented Norway at the 2003 Special Olympics. Team Skaugum – who lost 4-3 – was made up of the Crown Prince Couple and two of their children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra … Continue reading

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Unveiling of New King Olav V Statue in Oslo

  June 7, 2015 at 9:46 pm by

The entire Norwegian Royal Family was present today for the unveiling of a new statue of the late King Olav V in the City Hall Square in Oslo. King Harald and Princess Astrid, two of King Olav’s three children, were given the honour of officially unveiling the statue, “Male and Monument”, designed by Olav Orud. Olav V is portrayed in civilian attire, standing in front of a dias to represent him … Continue reading

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Royals Head To Isle of Wight For Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary

  June 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm by

A number of royals descended on the Isle of Wight today, to attend events marking the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron. The Duke of Edinburgh led the British contingent consisting of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, and Prince Michael of Kent. They were joined by Norwegian King Harald V (on board the Norge), Prince Albert II of Monaco, Denmark’s Prince … Continue reading

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Haakon, Mette-Marit and Victoria Attend EAT Stockholm Food Forum

  June 1, 2015 at 11:50 am by

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attended the EAT Stockholm Food Forum with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, which was being held at the Clarion Sign in Stockholm, earlier today. The EAT Stockholm Food Forum holds a mix of lectures, discussions and talks between scientists, politicians and business representatives. It’s about the connection between food, health and sustainability. This is the second year the forum is being … Continue reading

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Princess Martha Louise Speaks At A Conference

  May 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm by

Norway’s Princess Martha Louise spoke at the Frambu Centre for Rare Disorders which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Siggerud. Frambu provides services to children and adults who suffer with over 120 different rare and diagnoses rare disorders. During her speech, Princess Martha Louise said that she was impressed with what Frambu centre has had to offer: “Frambu is a pioneering center in many areas-both in Norway and internationally, and … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja Attends Opening of the 63rd Bergen International Festival

  May 28, 2015 at 4:56 am by

Queen Sonja of Norway attended the opening of the Bergen International Festival which is being held in Bergen, Norway. Queen Sonja was scheduled to attend the grand opening concert in the evening. The festival is the largest in the Nordic countries and artists from around the world will participate in 150 different shows during the festival. It started in 1953. For the opening, Queen Sonja wore a pink cape outfit and … Continue reading

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Norway’s Crown Princess Begins Literature Tour

  May 26, 2015 at 6:35 pm by

As she did last year, Crown Princess Mette-Marit has embarked on a two-day literature tour between Trondheim and Hamar onboard a “literature train”. She is being accompanied by two authors, Tore Renberg and Harald Rosenløw Eeg, for the tour. The tour began at the Trondheim Public Library, where the Crown Princess gave a speech explaining the theme of this year’s tour (identity) and spoke of her own love of reading. “Identity … Continue reading

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Norway’s King Presents Abel Prize 2015

  May 19, 2015 at 6:16 pm by

King Harald V of Norway today presented the Abel Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the mathematic field, to John Forbes Nash, Jr and Louis Nirenberg. The two men won this year’s award for their “striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.” Mr Nash and Mr Nirenberg will each receive a prize of 6million Norwegian kroner. Earlier in the day, the King granted … Continue reading

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Happy National Day Norway!

  May 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm by

The Norwegian Royal Family has celebrated National Day with a balcony appearance at the Royal Palace in Oslo. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Ingrid Alexandra all greeted the masses of well-wishers gathered in the Palace forecourt. The National Children’s Parade took place in the Palace Square, which saw 60,000 school children from a number of schools (some included specifically because they are celebrating milestone anniversaries … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja and Princess Beatrix Open VanGogh and Munch Exhibition

  May 10, 2015 at 3:13 am by

Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the Van Gogh + Munch exhibition in Oslo yesterday. Upon arrival to the Munch Museum, Queen Sonja and Princess Beatrix were given a bouquet of flowers each. Inside the museum, the Mayor of Oslo welcomed the royal ladies along with the museum directors. The official opening of the Van Gogh + Munch exhibition was the royal … Continue reading

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VE Day Marked in Norway By Harald, Haakon and Astrid

  May 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm by

King Harald has delivered a speech at celebrations at Akershus Fortress marking the anniversary of VE Day. “Peace is not a given. It is not today, and it was not 70 years ago. Behind the roaring on May Day in 1945 was the seriousness of what we had experienced and learned: that peace, freedom and democracy is not something we can take for granted. These values ​​must be built, protected – and, if necessary, defended with … Continue reading

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Crown Princess of Norway Attends Venice Biennale

  May 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm by

HRH Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway opened the Nordic pavilion at the Venice Biennale today. Before the opening, HRH got a private tour of the pavilion where artist Camille Normen is showcasing her work. Her work comes under the title “Rapture”. Later in the day, the Crown Princess gave the opening speech where she described the artists work as “the work Rapture by multi-media artist Camille Norment brings together … Continue reading

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra Baptises New Lifeboat

  May 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm by

Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra baptised her first watercraft this afternoon, under the proud gaze of her grandfather, King Harald. At the Honnørbrygga (Senior Pier) in Oslo Harbour, the Princess named the Norwegian Lifeboat Institution’s new lifeboat Elias. “I baptise you Elias. May luck follow you and your crew in your responsible work along the Norwegian coast,” Ingrid Alexandra declared before swinging the customary bottle of champagne towards the vessel. It took her three swings … Continue reading

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Prince Haakon Delivers Keynote Speech at CICERO Anniversary

  April 27, 2015 at 11:56 pm by

In Oslo, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the 25th anniversary seminar of the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). The Crown Prince delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the seminar, as did Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Stolberg. “Ever since I was little, nature has helped to define how I see myself and how I am,” the Crown Prince began, going into an illustration of how surfing describes … Continue reading

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Royals Send Condolences To Nepal After Massive Earthquake

  April 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm by

Royals around the globe have sent their condolences to the President and people on Nepal following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that ripped through the mountain nation on Saturday. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom expressed her shock at the “appalling loss of life and injuries” resulting from the earthquake, offering President Ram Baran Yadav her deepest sympathies. “The thoughts of everyone in the United Kingdom are with the families of all … Continue reading

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Norwegian Crown Princess Opens Photography Exhibition

  April 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm by

Crown Princess Mette-Marit was present tonight for the opening of a photography exhibition in memory of its artist, Tom Sandberg. 60 black and white photographs taken by Mr Sandberg, who died last year, make up the exhibition, which has been described as “open, subjective and confrontational” by the joint curators, Sune Nordgren and Ida Kierulf. “This exhibition highlights the duality and ambiguity of Sandberg’s works. It’s all about contrasts of … Continue reading

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King Harald Marks 75th Anniversary of German Invasion

  April 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm by

The King of Norway today was present for a ceremony at the National Monument at the Akerhus Fortress marking the 75th anniversary of the German invasion of Norway. King Harald laid a wreath at the monument to those who gave their lives fighting for their country, before saluting and observing a moment’s silence. 96 soldiers from Oslo’s Garrison Company stood to attention during the ceremony, which was also attended by … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Haakon Competes in the Birkebeinerren­net

  March 21, 2015 at 11:43 pm by

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon participated in the annual Birkebeinerren­net cross-country skiing race today. “I cannot wait! It is so nice weather…first and foremost, I hope it will be a good trip over the mountain,” he told NRK before the race, which sees competitors ski 54km from Rena to Lillehammer. Haakon also said he should have trained a little more prior to the race, and that he expected to be hurting afterwards. … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit Advocates for Childhood Vaccines

  March 16, 2015 at 9:23 pm by

The Crown Princess of Norway today spoke at a medical student conference arranged in connection with the 9th Global Health and Vaccination Research Conference (GLOBVAC) being held in Oslo this week, focusing this year on reproductive health. During her speech, Mette-Marit discussed the importance of young people today making their voices heard so that governing bodies around the world can create concrete recommendations to “provide young people with the tools … Continue reading

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