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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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Jordanian Royals Celebrate Mine-Free Jordan

  April 27, 2012 at 10:26 am by

On behalf of his father King Abdullah II, HRH Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan has patronized the celebration ceremony that announced his country officially the first in the Mideast free of all minefields. The event was held last Tuesday in presence of the Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon, and took place at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre in the Dead Sea. It was also attended by a … 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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Charles and Camilla to Visit Scandinavia

  February 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be paying official visits to the three Scandinavian countries at the end of March. Visits to Norway, Sweden and Denmark have been schedueled as a lead-in to the British Royal Family’s tours of the Commonwealth to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The respective Royal Courts also stated that the “historical and diplomatic ties” between Britain and Scandinavia is part … 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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