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King Harald V of Norway Marks Milestone 80th Birthday

  February 21, 2017 at 3:00 am by

The King of Norway today celebrates another milestone birthday: he turns eighty years old. Born in 1937 on the Skaugum Estate, Harald was the third child of the-then Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha, and as the couple’s only son, was the heir to the throne after his father (his sisters, Princesses Ragnhild and Astrid, did not have succession rights). Harald spent five years of his childhood living in the … Continue reading

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And The State Visits Keep Rolling In: A List Of Upcoming Events

  February 14, 2017 at 11:44 pm by

With today’s confirmation King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians have accepted the invitation to pay a state visit to Denmark next month, the list of upcoming state visits across Europe has grown again. So that none get missed in the royal watching calendar, we’ve gathered all the necessary information below. State Visit from Canada to Sweden The Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, will be arriving in Sweden next week to … Continue reading

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New Portraits Released To Mark Princess Astrid’s 85th Birthday

  February 11, 2017 at 7:09 am by

The Norwegian Royal Court has released two new photographs of Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner to celebrate her 85th birthday on Sunday. Taken at by Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen at the Royal Palace in Oslo, the photos show the Princess with her pet dog and in full gala attire in front of a portrait of her late mother, Crown Princess Märtha. Princess Astrid was born on February 12, 1932 as the second child … Continue reading

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New Photos As Princess Ingrid Alexandra Becomes A Teen

  January 21, 2017 at 7:57 am by

Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra today celebrates her thirteenth birthday, and the Royal Court has released a series of new photographs to mark the occasion. The photos were taken last month by Cornelius Poppe. The Princess is the elder child of Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Mette-Marit, and is second in line to the Norwegian throne after her father. She was born at Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet in 2004 and has two … Continue reading

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Royals in Davos For World Economic Forum

  January 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm by

The second last week of January typically means one event for some royals: a trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. This year’s attendees included King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. They have spent varying amounts of time the past few days at the Forum, meeting with other world leaders like … Continue reading

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Marius Borg Høiby To Attend Californian University

  January 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm by

Marius Borg Høiby, the elder son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, celebrates his 20th birthday tomorrow and the Norwegian Royal Court today issued a statement on his future role in the royal family and his university education. He will be studying business administration at a university in California, beginning January 17, the statement announced. He has also made the decision to no longer partake in royal events, unless there is … Continue reading

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Haakon and Mette-Marit Attend NHO Conference

  January 5, 2017 at 9:16 pm by

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit have today attended the annual Næringslivets Hovedorganisasjon conference at the Oslo Spektrum. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Made in Norway – at work for a green future’, aiming to get politicians and business leaders to make decisions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by showing them ways that are sustainable whilst creating jobs and value for the country. Haakon and Mette-Marit listened … Continue reading

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Norwegian Government To Host Gala Dinner For King & Queen’s 80th Birthdays

  December 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm by

The Norwegian government has confirmed it will be hosting a gala dinner to celebrate the 80th birthdays of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, who will both mark the milestone next year. Taking place at Akershus Castle, the dinner is being held on May 10, in between the respective birthdays of the royal couple – the King’s birthday is February 21, while the Queen’s is July 4.  The government’s second gift to … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja Becomes Third Queen To Miss Christmas Celebrations Due To Illness

  December 25, 2016 at 11:48 am by

This winter season has not been kind to Europe’s Queens! Queen Sonja of Norway has joined Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Silvia of Sweden in suffering from a serious cold which forced her – like the other two ladies – to miss out on Christmas festivities with the rest of the Norwegian Royal Family. King Harald V and the Crown Princely Family attended this morning’s Christmas church service at … Continue reading

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God Jul From Norway! Royals Release Christmas Photos

  December 20, 2016 at 5:55 pm by

The Norwegian Royal Family has released a few photographs from their Christmas photo session, that took place in the Dronningparken. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus gathered near one of the park’s gazebos, and shared gingerbread, tangerines and mulled wine around a fire pit. Also coming from the Norwegian Royal Court today was the announcement that the Crown Princess … Continue reading

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Haakon and Mette-Marit Lend A Hand At Church Mission Breakfast

  December 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm by

Norway’s Crown Prince Couple this morning volunteered at the Church City Mission in Oslo, helping to serve breakfast to the homeless. The church provides breakfast for those in need every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Many of the people who were served food are migrant workers from around Europe that have come to Norway looking for work, but have been unable to find anything. “It is a big challenge. When Europe is … Continue reading

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Colombian President Awarded Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

  December 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm by

In front of Norway’s King Harald V and other members of the royal family, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos was presented with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his role in helping end the Colombian civil war. The royals – King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit – sat in the centre of the Oslo Town Hall as President Santos received the award and delivered a … Continue reading

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Brage Prize Presented By Princess Mette-Marit To Elisabeth Aasen

  November 23, 2016 at 8:11 pm by

Self-confessed book lover Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway was on hand this evening to present the country’s highest literature prize, the Brage Prize, during a ceremony at Oslo’s Dance House. The honorary award for 2016 went to Elisabeth Aasen in recognition of her four-decade-long project to “find the women literary history forgot.” She has written a number of biographies on Norwegian female writers, as well as other non-fiction books. Crown … Continue reading

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More Royal Visitors for Canada! Haakon and Mette-Marit Begin Four-Day Visit

  November 7, 2016 at 9:27 pm by

Canada is a red-hot favourite for royal visitors in recent weeks, with a third royal visit beginning today as Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway kicked off their four-day visit. The pair were officially welcomed by Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, where they took a walk through the gardens and viewed a red oak tree that was planted by King … Continue reading

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Norway’s Queen Opens Art Exhibition in London

  September 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm by

In a collaboration with musician and visual artist Magne Furuholmen, Queen Sonja of Norway has opened an exhibition entitled TEXTURE at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London. The art works are a thematic combination of text and nature, as these are the two aspects the Queen and Mr Furuholmen work largely with. Graphic prints taken by the Queen during her nature walks have been overlaid with photographs of Mr Furuholmen’s sculpture works. … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals Attend Screening of ‘Kongens Nei’ in Jubilee Park

  September 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm by

A special screening of Kongens Nei, a film about King Haakon VII’s difficult decision during World War Two whether to surrender or not to Nazi German forces as they invaded Norway, took place tonight in the Jubilee Park at the Royal Palace of Oslo. King Harald and Queen Sonja invited the public to join them for an open-air cinema evening to end their jubilee celebrations this summer. Over 10,000 people – wearing … Continue reading

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A Garden Party At The Palace Park in Oslo

  September 1, 2016 at 5:15 pm by

The King and Queen of Norway hosted a garden party for 1,500 guests in the Palace Park this afternoon. Also attending were Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Princess Astrid. The three senior royal ladies looked lovely in their national costumes as the guests enjoyed musical and cultural performances. Both King Harald and Queen Sonja gave speeches during the garden party, thanking the guests … Continue reading

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Norway’s Crown Prince and Princess Celebrate Kragerø’s 350th Anniversary

  August 31, 2016 at 2:32 pm by

The Norwegian town of Kragerø welcomed Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit today as part of the town’s 350th anniversary celebrations. First it was a stop at the Kragerø Art School, where the Crown Prince Couple were shown the different art methods students use to create pieces – including the latest in modern technology, 3D printing. They were presented with a 3D printed brooch. A walk through the town … Continue reading

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Norwegian Crown Princely Family Attend ‘Passion For Ocean’ Festival

  August 27, 2016 at 5:55 pm by

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit took their two younger children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus, to the ‘Passion For Ocean’ festival at the Vippetangen on the port of Oslo. Several camps were spread out along the Vippetangen with the aim of “raising public awareness of the pleasures the ocean has to offer, and the dangers.” During the visit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus were … Continue reading

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Haakon and Mette-Marit Celebrate Fifteen Years of Marriage

  August 25, 2016 at 8:30 am by

15 years ago today, Oslo was abuzz with the excitement of a royal wedding – that of Crown Prince Haakon and his fiancé Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby. The couple were married at the Oslo Cathedral by Bishop Gunnar Stålsett in front of dozens of Europe’s royals. Mette-Marit’s son, Marius, was page boy, while Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark served as the groom’s best man. Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s wedding dress will go down in history … Continue reading

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