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Old 09-05-2018, 04:12 AM
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Here are some first photos of day 2 today, September 5:


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Old 09-05-2018, 03:02 PM
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The Royal House article about the visit to Horten and Færder, who iceflower posted above, has been updated with more text and photos.

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Here are som photos from the reception at The Royal Yacht this evening (which I wrote about this morning in post 21):
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td228072
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td228044
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td228024
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td227ffa
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td227ff6

And a photo of the beautiful lady herself in the background (taken yesterday).

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And now let's talk about my favourite yachts or ships (call it what you want):

First place: The Royal Yacht Norge.

Second place: MS Nordstjernen.
She was protected as a national heritage in Norway by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage in 2012.
Look at this photo. Yes, I do LOVE her, even been on board.

Third place: MS Lofoten.
She was declared worthy of preservation in 2001 by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage.
Look at this photo. - Isn't she beautiful?

Fourth place: The Royal Yacht Dannebrog

Beautiful ships with beautiful lines, what more can you give me.
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And the CP couple find time today for the little paddle

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnWjxQOD...rownprincessmm
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Old 09-05-2018, 03:21 PM
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I think it's a beautiful line-up of three vessels and a ship, Dannebrog.
You win no prize for guessing which one I find the most beautiful.
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Old 09-05-2018, 04:49 PM
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the Norge and Dannebrog are beautiful sights to see. Love that Norway and Denmark uses them.
Not sure about the two other vessels, the black bottom parts.

Its been a nice visit so far.
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:25 PM
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I think it's a beautiful line-up of three vessels and a ship, Dannebrog.
You win no prize for guessing which one I find the most beautiful.
If you like very feminine lines, then Dannebrog is your girl.

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the Norge and Dannebrog are beautiful sights to see. Love that Norway and Denmark uses them.
Not sure about the two other vessels, the black bottom parts.

Its been a nice visit so far.
IMO, that's what highlights the lines.

BTW, I forgot to mention another beauty, The Royal Yacht Britannia: photo 1 - photo 2

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English article about day 2: The Crown Prince Couple's visit to Vestfold - Norway Today
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:31 PM
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A pity Britannia was retired.

I love feminine lines! - Also on women.
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:38 PM
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All nice looking ships. However, my favourite is the Dannebrog in looks and love her interiors. I especially love the way the Royal family use her.
She is a home away from home.
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:04 AM
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It seems day 3, the final day today, started a bit rainy:


** Pic ** Cute welcome ceremony (video) ** Instagram photos ** ppe gallery ** ppe gallery 2 **
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:16 AM
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This will save Polyesco's day!

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Old 09-06-2018, 11:39 AM
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All nice looking ships. However, my favourite is the Dannebrog in looks and love her interiors. I especially love the way the Royal family use her.
She is a home away from home.
Yes, but it should be mentioned that the NRF use The Royal Yacht Norge as much as the DRF use Dannebrog.

The Regent/CP Couples use her for their annual county-visits, for other visits and engagements around the country - and for private trips/cruises.
She's also used during the King's sailing competitions, and is on disposal to the private use of Princess Astrid.

And Dannebrog before this beauty for a Norwegian like me? NOOOO WAY (although all Danes in their right minds will of course disagree with me).

Here are some videos of her: 1 - 2 - 3

And here's a photo from the Queen's 70th Birthday in 2007, when our Danish friends came to visit

Well, this was it for my babbling of royal yachts, at least for now.

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It seems day 3, the final day today, started a bit rainy:


** Pic ** Cute welcome ceremony (video) ** Instagram photos ** ppe gallery ** ppe gallery 2 **
Avsluttet i Stavern - kongehuset.no - translation

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Summary of the visit:
Large crowds, enthusiastic people, mayors who are proud to showcase their municipalities - and a CP Couple on their best behavior, taking their time with children/elderly, eating apples and talking positively to the press.
So, mission accomplished.

Media-coverage:
Well, the CP Couple are in a very (almost surprisingly) good period when it comes to the media at the moment. - With news-anchor and TV2 journalist, Elin Ludvigsen, even describing them as ''vårt kjære kronprinspar'' (our dear CP Couple) live on TV2 News Channel. She and TV2's royal expert, Kjell Arne Totland (who was so excited that he nearly fainted), reported live from Vestfold during most of the engagements.

But how long will it last this time?
Because we have to remember that they were in a good period after the Regent Couple's 80th Birthday Celebrations last year as well (although not at the same level as we see now), until they messed it up for themselves again.

So my advice to them is:
1. Stay away from your politician-friends.
2. No more whining about the press when it comes to Marius.
3. And Haakon, for God's sake, not use the court's money on organizations/conferences such as Global Dignity and SIKT. - Because it does nothing more than to stir up journalists and MPs in the Storting.
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Well, are we ready for another County-Visit, yes we are!

Because this year, Their Majesties The King and Queen will travel to Hordaland county (English Wikipedia article - link), where they will visit five municipalities with The Royal Yacht from 18-20th of June.

The programme translated by me:

June 18th:
Jondal municipality (English Wikipedia article - link) 10:00 - 11:30.

Odda municipality (English Wikipedia article - link) 16:15 - 17:30, in addition to a dinner in the evening.

June 19th:
Granvin municipality (English Wikipedia article - link) 10:00 - 11:30.

Ulvik municipality (English Wikipedia article - link) 15.30 - 16.45, in addition to a dinner in the evening.

June 20th:
Askøy municipality (English Wikipedia article - link) 10:00 - 11:40.

And in contrast to previous years, the court hasn't gone so much in detail. But according to the various municipalities, The Regent-Couple will be met by the mayor/police-chief on each dock, before being taken to a so-called ''people's party.'' There they will be shoved four ''themes'' important for each municipality (yes, I wrote and meant ''themes,'' not items), followed by a speech from the mayor, entertainment from school students, speeches by either The King or Queen and meetings with young people, veterans and the elderly, etc.

Hmm, are there more? Yes, because to my GREAT disappointment they will, as usual during these visits, hold a press meeting.

Why is that a disappointment? Well, let's see:
The media: Some have asked for Märtha to renounce her title, what do you think?
The King: That title only means she is our daughter.
The media: But is it right for her to use it commercially?
The King: She's our daughter and we love her.
The media: How was the meeting with Durek?

And then we have it going.

BTW, my guessing of what HM is going to say is taken from what he has previously said about the title-stuff.

Another thing to mention is that Scanpix has changed its publishing policy. Yes, now it's only the media that is allowed to see the newest photos, we others OTOH have to wait for 30 days, making it extremely difficult to follow this visit.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:15 PM
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Well, at least there is Instagram and Facebook. The press can't control what is posted there, - in this vain rearguard action.

They are bound to get these questions anyway, so they might just as well get it over with.

I find it interesting there is no detailed schedule. Because the Regent Couple are getting older and more frail and as such it's a good idea to leave room for cancellations and improvisations?
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Well, at least there is Instagram and Facebook. The press can't control what is posted there, - in this vain rearguard action.
We will, of course, get plenty of photos from the Royal House-website, but after the court hired some new web-people to the Communication staff, it usually *takes a while* before those articles are published/updated.
But Norwegian television will be closely on it with their own teams following the Royal Yacht in boats behind, so I will survive, ''I hope.''


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They are bound to get these questions anyway, so they might just as well get it over with.
Hmm, IMO, much better to have cancelled the whole press meeting, than having The King standing there defending her. Should just have waited to ''The year with the Royal family'' program in December, when everyone has distanced themselves a bit from it. And even better, there the interviewer will most likely be either Nadia Hasnaoui or Atle Bjurstrøm. Both very pro-monarchy in their styles, who (as they've done previously) will ask the questions *very, very, very, very* carefully. LOL.


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I find it interesting there is no detailed schedule. Because the Regent Couple are getting older and more frail and as such it's a good idea to leave room for cancellations and improvisations?
Again, down to the new web-people! It's the same with The Crown Prince's foreign travel and inward state visits. I.e. the programme isn't published in The RH-calendar before a day in advance or sometimes not at all.
And when it comes to The Regent-Couple's age/frailty (especially The King with his leg/back problems), the schedule is, as you can see in the above post, already downsized to a minimum. Yes, they will only spend about 75-90 min attending one event at each place.
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The King and Queen have arrived in Jondal municipality this morning, June 18:



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Day 2 started in Granvin municipality today, June 19:


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This is a beautiful sight
https://www.kongehuset.no/aim/kongeh...try=920x943%3E

from yesterday, the kid greeters looking on
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D9V5Y4pW4Agu9fl.jpg:large

The King and Queen look in top form

and video from today
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The King and Queen have arrived in Jondal municipality this morning, June 18:


** kongehuset: Fylkestur til Hordaland **
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This is a beautiful sight
https://www.kongehuset.no/aim/kongeh...try=920x943%3E

from yesterday, the kid greeters looking on
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D9V5Y4pW4Agu9fl.jpg:large

The King and Queen look in top form

and video from today
https://www.instagram.com/p/By455wJIlgl/
Thanks!

BTW, The Norwegian Royal House article from yesterday is updated with several photos, including one of The Queen hugging a little girl.

And polyesco, although posted today, that video is from yesterday's visit to Odda.

Day 1:

Large crowds, excited children, adults and journalists; yes, what more can you ask for. And Their Majesties (with their folksiness and good people-skills) couldn't have been on a better form.

Jondal (English Wikipedia article in post 32):
On the dock, they were met by the two 8-year-old flower-children, Jarand and Julia, before travelling by car to ''the people's party'' at Juklafjord recreation area. There, The Regent-Couple visited four stalls that provided insight into both local food production, boat-building and the tourism industry. Yes, The King and Queen even got a taste of ''lefse'' (read about what that is here - link).
BTW: Jondal is an important gateway for visitors to Folgefonna National Park (English Wikipedia article - link). And Her Majesty could point out a number of places (on a model over the area) she herself had visited.

But back to the people's party: Because, following a speech from Mayor, Jon Larsgard; students from Jondal school entertained with choral-singing, bands, dance and reading. And in the visit's first royal speech, The Queen thanked for the warm welcome and praised the beautiful nature she and The King had experienced through the Hardangerfjord with The Royal Yacht, saying: ''For many people, these unique surroundings are the very image of our country. And that is easy to understand, especially after our tour through the Hardangerfjord with The Royal Yacht this morning.''
She also had stories to tell from her own trips to Folgefonna and the surrounding area, before saying that ''there are many who visit the national park, which is an important part of the business-base in Jondal.'' HM also pointed out the responsibility of protecting the resources: ''Through the effect of being part of a larger world, one is also reminded about climate changes. We all notice it - partly because our glaciers, like Folgefonna, are melting. That we also experience the changes through increased race and flood danger, emphasizes the joint responsibility we have to preserve the resource-base that we are going to live of also into the future.''

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Odda (as with Jondal, English Wikipedia article in post 32):
On their arrival at the dock, The Regent-Couple were met by Odda Music-team, who played the song "Norway in Red, White and Blue" (which is the three colours of our national flag). Their Majesties then traveled by car to the main street where they took a short walk along the crowds while at the same time learning more about the place. That was followed by a ''people's party'' in the Almerke-park with choral-singing; speeches from Mayor, Roald Aga Haugand and author, Frode Grytten (who grew up in Odda); before The King himself took to the podium. His Majesty said: ''You were hit hard in 2014 (by floods). The Queen and I felt deeply with you when it was on its worst. We admired your courage and way of coping with the adversity. Managing the rescue work while standing and looking at the fact that one's own house collapses and sails away, that requires great strength. And Civil Defence Chief, Knut Granheim (he and his family lost their house) had this strength, that terrible day in October 2014. He - and many with him - deserve honour for their valiant effort.''

After the speech, Their Majesties got to hear in detail about that dramatic day - and about the work to secure the town against new floods in the river ''Opo.'' They also met the Granheim family (mentioned above). Then it was time for a break on The Royal Yacht, before attending a dinner in the evening at ''Tyssedal Power Station'' (English Wikipedia article - link).

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Media-coverage: Live from the events on TV2 News Channel, news-clips on NRK and several local articles.
And as usual, all of the outlets have covered The Regent-Couple in a positive and pro-monarchy way.

Another thing to mention is that the former editor and political commentator of the Liberal conservative national newspaper Aftenposten, the 63-year-old Harald Stanghelle (known as Republican and Haraldlist) is currently spending his time on The Royal Yacht after invitation from the court.
Why? Because he is currently working on a book project (not a biography, he says) which will include several interviews with The King. And asked about it yesterday, he described the conversations with the charismatic and folksy monarch as ''veldig perspektivrike og givende'' (very rich on perspective and rewarding).

Well, that was it, or was it? No, of course not: Because in an interview with NRK, The King was asked about Märtha's commercial use of the princess-title and the *dialogue The Crown Prince said he wanted with her back in May,* to which HM said: ''På nåværende tidspunkt kan vi ikke si hvor langt vi er kommet i dialogen. Men vi *forsøker* å få til en ordning.''
''At present, we cannot say how far we have come in the dialogue. But we are *trying* to get to an arrangement'' (yes, I wrote ''arrangement,'' not agreement).
Hmm, so she has finally gone a bit too far now, even in daddy's eyes.

And when he was also asked whether this had been a bothersome issue for the royal family? He said: ''Nei, egentlig ikke.'' (No, not really).

''Forsøker/trying''? Yes, they are probably trying to get her to not use the title commercially. - Which won't be so easy I think, especially when one takes what she has previously said about it into consideration.

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Yes, that was it! But I will be back tomorrow when I go through day 2 and 3.

BTW, here is a photo (from yesterday) of an 82-year-old beauty, still going strong (link).
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Thanks, Royal Norway.

Yes, the Norwegian word "ordning" is interesting.
To me this smells like a they are working on a written agreement on when, in what context and how she can use her title.
We are talking layers at work here. Probably with the politicians in the shape of senior civil servants) looking over the shoulder.

And that they are not in agreement...
Which to me suggests that ML is not at all pleased with being told what to do in regards to her title!

- Couldn't she simply break completely free from her "royal box" methinks?
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Today, June 20, King Harald and Queen Sonja paid their visit to Askøy municipality:


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