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Old 10-25-2007, 03:52 PM
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Well, the side view is very pretty, and also rather interesting.....
Indeed side view is very pretty. the dress gives an orange color rather than pink, intresting. I also like her hair. Queen looks lovely in the red dress
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Old 10-25-2007, 04:10 PM
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I think Empress focussed on an other thing that looked interesting from the side, somewhere in the middle .

Nice to see HM wearing the pearl tiara again, I don´t think I have seen it recently, her dress is nice too (as is MM´s).

Does anybody know why Princess Astrids husband didn´t attend?
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Old 10-25-2007, 04:51 PM
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I think Empress focussed on an other thing that looked interesting from the side, somewhere in the middle .
Indeed, but her middle has looked practically like that since she last gave birth - depending on the cut of the clothes - I'm not holding my breath for an announcement.

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Does anybody know why Princess Astrids husband didn´t attend?
When the husbands (ie. Erling Lorentzen, Johan Martin Ferner & Ari Behn) attend these sort of galas they usually never walk in the procession. (It is extremely rare.)
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:19 PM
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Translated excerpt/summary from the king's speech:
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I thought I would start tonight's speech by reading the part of the throne speech that I accidentally skipped at the opening of this year's Storting. However, as you've already debated the speech, it might be a tad late.

I'm not blaming my age, but 2007 has definitely been filled with people turning 70. Two of us, in less than 6 months. The Queen and I have marked that we've passed an important milestone, and normally we'd be retired by now. In any case, we should probably have been on some sort of class for seniors, or preparation class for old age. But we don't have a tradition for that here at the palace. What I have done, is to meet with people who have kept me up to date on the subject of the elders. And the Queen has used this year to climb some extra mountains.
He then goes on to thanking the Storting and the cabinet for the celebrations and gifts received for their birthdays. He also talked more about getting older and just because someone is getting older, they're not necessarily incapable of working. (It definitely does not sound like he'll be abdicating any day soon.)

He talks about digital class separations occurring in society as well as the recent elections in Norway, and mentions the Brazilian state visit.

Like he's done in some previous speeches he mentions some of the letters he gets, this time on the topic of the environment and talks a bit on climate changes in relation to Norway.

He also mentions the anniversaries connected to culture and Norwegian authors and composers.

He finished the speech by bringing the lines back to his grandparents on the occasion of the restoration of Bygdø Kongsgård, and thanking the politicians for allotting the funds for it.
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Old 10-26-2007, 12:15 PM
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:18 PM
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Picture series, scroll down to the bottom for all the guests in all their neon glory (Norwegians really are not the most stlyish people if one should judge from the elected)
80-talls party på slottet? - Side2

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Gala for Stortinget 2008

23.10.2008
Official Dinner
Their Majesties The King and Queen are hosting a dinner for the members of parliament. Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess will also be in attendance (20:00).

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...3-a-14042.html
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...4-a-14024.html
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...7-a-14219.html
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Will MM be likely to attend after her fall?
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Good question Marmi. I think we will have to wait and see. Probably depends on how MM feels in the next day or so. Something I have noticed is that they are not fast with reporting a cancellation. If she isn't going to attend we probably will not know until the day of the gala.

I know it's a different royal house but in Denmark a few months ago Marie was supposed to be somewhere with Joachim and he told the press during the event that she was not coming. No announcement was made before the event.
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Something I have noticed is that they are not fast with reporting a cancellation. If she isn't going to attend we probably will not know until the day of the gala.
They usually don't announce if a single person misses an event, but only if a whole event has to be cancelled.

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Good question Marmi. I think we will have to wait and see. Probably depends on how MM feels in the next day or so.
I think so, too.
Today MM attended an event in Ukraine and she looked quite fine (smiling alot and so on)... but who knows.
She cancelled her private Visit to London.

So, we have to wait until tomorrow evening and then we'll see.
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I am glad to hear that MM was able to attend an event in Ukraine today. I hope that she feels well enough to attend this gala.
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Crown Princess Mette-Marit is officially report sick after her fall in Ukrain.
Kongehuset announced it today:

kongehuset.no - H.K.H. Kronprinsessen sykmeldt i to uker
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Hennes Kongelige Høyhet Kronprinsessen har fått beskjed av sin lege om å ta det med ro i to uker etter fallet i Kiev.


So, I guess most likely she won't attend the Gala tonight.
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I'm not surprised that she won't be attending. High heels and a long gown, along with being on your feet for a long time are probably not the best idea after a concussion. Hopefully she can get some rest and be back at full strength quickly!
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:22 PM
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That is unfortunate that she won't be able to attend. I was looking forward to seeing her with her husband. I am sure that she needs her rest, though.
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Tonight the Queen recycles a 100 years old dress (that makes her hips look giantly.. that dress is just simply ugly . I even like the yellow one better ) and wears the beautiful Pearl Tiara.
Astrid is dressed in white. The dress looks fine on her.

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Queen Sonya's dress doesn't really suit her shape at all. Princess Astrid does look lovely. Am I the only one who thinks Haakon looks very tired?
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Actually I think Haakons looks preocupied...
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:20 PM
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Actually I think Haakons looks preocupied...
Agree,he looks worried,far from his usual self.
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Poor Queen Sonya needs some new gala dresses -
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:59 PM
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Tonight the Queen recycles a 100 years old dress (that makes her hips look giantly.. that dress is just simply ugly . I even like the yellow one better ) and wears the beautiful Pearl Tiara.
Astrid is dressed in white. The dress looks fine on her.

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No more comments on Queen Sonja's old and the many recycled dresses. Princess Astrid's dress is fine yes, but it looks very similar to the one she wore last year on the same occasion :- (Try finding the 5 differences )
From side2.no:- 80-talls party på slottet? - Side2 (scroll down to the gallery from last year)
and Må droppe kveldens stortingsmiddage - Mette-Marit sykmeldt i to uker - Kongelig - klikk.no. But the colour and the cut do suit her a lot. (article from klikk.no).

A gallery of this year's gala if you scroll down, from side2.no :- Se, de har pynta seg! - Side2 and another from r-a.no:- http://www.r-a.no/anb_bildeserier/article3873878.ece
With a video from tv2.nyhetene.no:- http://www.tv2nyhetene.no/innenriks/article2328905.ece .
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