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King Harald’s 76th Birthday

  February 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm by

Today, King Harald celebrates his 76th birthday. He was born on February 21st, 1937, at his parents’ home Skaugum (near Oslo), where the Crown Princely Family lives today. He is the youngest of three children and only son of then Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha. His eldest sister, Princess Ragnhild, passed away last year on September 16th. Due to male precedence, he became King of Norway after his … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Haakon Celebrates Sami People’s Day in Kirkenes

  February 7, 2013 at 4:27 am by

Crown Prince Haakon has been to Kirkenes, a town in the north of Norway at the border to Russia in the county of Finnmark, from February 5th to 6th, 2013. On the first day, Crown Prince Haakon attended Kirkenes Conference, which is one of the region’s most important venues for political discussion. Later that day, he visited the Norwegian Barents Secretariat. Their aim is to improve the Norwegian-Russian relations and … Continue reading

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 9th Birthday

  January 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm by

Yesterday, Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrated her 9th birthday. She was born on January 21st, 2004, at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo as eldest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. She is second in line of succession to the throne after her father Crown Prince Haakon. She has a younger brother, 7-year-old Prince Sverre Magnus, and a half-brother, Marius Borg Høiby, son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit from a … Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize 2012

  December 11, 2012 at 8:34 am by

On December 10th – the day Alfred Nobel died in 1896 – the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 was awarded to the European Union in Oslo City Hall. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the award ceremony. The three presidents of the EU – the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Couple’s Visit to Indonesia

  November 30, 2012 at 1:14 am by

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit paid a three-day visit to Indonesia from November 26th to 28th. They were accompanied by a large delegation of representatives of the Norwegian trade, industry and public administration. The couple arrived already in the evening of November 25th in Jakarta and was greeted at their hotel by Norwegian children. The first day started with an event promoting Norwegian seafood to Indonesian guests. Crown … Continue reading

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State Visit from Finland to Norway

  October 13, 2012 at 4:20 am by

The President of the Republic of Finland, Mr Sauli Niinistö, and his wife Mrs Jenni Haukio made a state visit to Norway from October 10th-12th, 2012. They were welcomed at Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport by Crown Prince Haakon. He accompanied them to the Royal Palace in Oslo, where they were met by King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. After the welcoming ceremony in the Palace Square, King Harald and … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit in New York

  October 2, 2012 at 5:54 am by

Crown Princess Mette-Marit was in New York last week, focused mainly on the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting 2012 which took place from September 23-25. The CGI was established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton and gathers a community of global leaders to work on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening session of the CGI Annual Meeting on September 23rd and surprised … Continue reading

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Day in History: Battle of Stamford Bridge

  September 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm by

1066 is nowadays remembered as the year of the Norman Invasion of England, but it could have as easily been the Norwegian invasion. The death of the childless Edward the Confessor triggered a succession crisis as there was no clear-cut heir to the Throne. At some point, it was believed he would be succeeded by Edmund Ironside’s son, Edward Aetheling. And indeed, the King ensured the young heir returned to … Continue reading

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Princess Ragnhild has Died

  September 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm by

Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen – King Harald’s eldest sister – has passed away after a prolonged illness, aged 82. She died on September 16th, 2012 at 9.45 am, local time, in Rio de Janeiro. The flags on the Royal Palace in Oslo were half-mast today. Born on June 9th, 1930, Princess Ragnhild was the eldest child of King Olav and Crown Princess Märtha. Due to the male precedence, she was … Continue reading

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Confirmation of Marius Borg Høiby

  September 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

Today, September 2nd, 2012, Marius Borg Høiby was confirmed in Asker Church. He is the son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Morten Borg, and was born on January 13th, 1997, before the Crown Princess’ relationship with Crown Prince Haakon. The families of both his mother and father were present at the confirmation, including also King Harald and Queen Sonja, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus as well as his … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s 39th Birthday

  August 19, 2012 at 6:11 am by

Today, Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrates her 39th birthday. She was born on August 19th, 1973 in Kristiansand as the youngest of the four children of Marit Tjessem and Sven O. Høiby. She met Crown Prince Haakon at the Quart Festival in 1999. At that time, she already had a two year old son, Marius Borg Høiby, from a previous relationship. On December 1st, the engagement between Crown Prince Haakon and … Continue reading

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London 2012: Swimming Draws the Royals In

  July 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm by

As it usually is, the Olympic swimming competition has been the place for royal spotting. Yesterday saw members of the Danish, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Norwegian and Greek royal families in the stands for the morning heats. Sitting together in the VIP section, it was a kin to a family reunion of sorts. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedikte of Denmark were on hand to cheer Jeanette … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Competitors

  July 27, 2012 at 9:36 am by

There is just over six hours to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad! Our third and final blog entry focusing on combined royal and Olympic history showcases royals who have themselves competed in an Olympic Games. Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Stockholm 1912 Prince Friedrich Karl competed for the German team in the team jumping event, winning a bronze medal for his efforts. Grand … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Haakon’s 39th Birthday

  July 20, 2012 at 3:58 am by

Today, Crown Prince Haakon celebrates his 39th birthday. He was born on July 20th, 1973 and has an elder sister, Princess Märtha Louise. Due to male precedence, he became Crown Prince of Norway when his father ascended to the throne in 1991. In 1990, the Norwegian constitution was altered, granting the eldest child, regardless of gender, to precede in the line of succession. This was not, however, done retroactively, meaning … Continue reading

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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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