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Old 12-21-2018, 10:35 AM
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Wonderful visits thanks for the photos

The queen really seems to enjoy making decorations. I bet she is a fun grandma this time of year.
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Old 12-24-2018, 10:27 AM
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Yes, she loves working with her hands, be it Découpage, Norwegian rose-painting, pottery, Knitting or Christmas-decorations.

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Christmas-celebrations: The CP-family will (according to the court) celebrate with The Regent-Couple at Kongsseteren, which is situated on Voksenkollen in the outskirts of Oslo, not long from Holmenkollen. Not that surprising since they celebrated with CP MM's family at Skaugum last year.

About Kongsseteren (The Royal Lodge) - English Royal House article (link). - Plus a separate link to a pretty good photo.

About Holmenkollen - English Wikipedia article (link).

BTW: After the Lodge was completed in 1911, The RF used to celebrate every Christmas there during the reigns of Haakon VII and Olav V, something the King and Queen have mostly continued with.

And no, we haven't heard anything about Märtha and her children yet, but they will most likely celebrate with the Behn family (as Ari celebrated with the royals last year).
So, what are they going to eat today (on Christmas Eve, which is the main day of Celebrations here in Norway)? Well, in contrast to us ordinary Norwegians (one can read what we eat in this English Wikipedia article - link), they've adopted a Danish-Christmas-tradition (through the Danish-born King Haakon WII) of eating roast pork as the main course. - And Queen Maud's English plum pudding for dessert, which nobody in the family likes, according to The King.

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BTW: It's now confirmed that Märtha and her children will celebrate together with the Behns.

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First Day of Christmas (December 25th): The Regent-Couple and The CP-Family will attend the traditional Christmas-Service in Holmenkollen Chapel (not long from The Royal Lodge) at 12:00 in the afternoon. TV2 News Channel will be live outside, with a reporter and their Royal Expert, Kjell Arne Totland.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:43 PM
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So, what are they going to eat today (on Christmas Eve, which is the main day of Celebrations here in Norway)? Well, in contrast to us ordinary Norwegians (one can read what we eat in this English Wikipedia article - link),
Interesting! I would never have predicted that marzipan pigs would be the traditional "almond prize".

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they've adopted a Danish-Christmas-tradition (through the Danish-born King Haakon WII) of eating roast pork as the main course. - And Queen Maud's English plum pudding for dessert, which nobody in the family likes, according to The King.
I suppose royals are required to keep to tradition at any price. It is a nice contrast in that the strikingly modernizing and "Norwegian" royal house of Norway (the first European royal house to establish the standard of marrying ordinary private citizens from their own country) maintains traditions from their foreign dynastic heritage.

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BTW: It's now confirmed that Märtha and her children will celebrate together with the Behns.
It certainly sounds as if the princess has continued to enjoy a good relationship with the family of her former husband.

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The CP-Couple met Carmen (19) and Guido (13), who both know how it's like to have a parent in jail.

Carmen (due to her father's imprisonment) struggled with guil for many years, and the situation had major consequences for her. Eventually, she received good help in processing the situation - and has for many years enjoyed taking part in FFP-Young, where she's met children/youth in a similar situation.

Today she is keen to convey how important it is that children and adults talk together when one in the family is imprisoned, and most importantly, that it's never a child's fault.
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It must be difficult for children of inmates!

Today you are fortunately rarely asked: "Now, what does your father do for a living?"
But children today nevertheless have to be surprisingly conform in order not to stand out. And one of the last things children want is to stand out.
Children are, through peer-pressure, even required to be unique in a conform way!!

"My dad is in prison" don't earn many points most places. So along with children of parents who are mentally ill or alcoholics, I bet these children are used to lie routinely. - A surprising number of their parents no doubt work "in the off shore industry" or "working construction in Sweden."
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Yes, in contrast to when I was in Primary/Lower secondary school (Grades 1-10, ages 6-16) in the 1990s and early 2000s, when having a imprisoned father was something you actually bragged about.
Not that it was any less difficult for that reason of course, but people were not so obsessed with ''that everything has to be so freaking perfect all the time,'' which made it easier to be yourself, whether you came from a troubled family or not.
Thank you for your comments, Muhler and Royal Norway. It is interesting, and troubling, that the problems experienced by the children of inmates are a sign of generally increasing pressure in society.
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:41 AM
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They usually go to church on the 25th. I wonder if there no pics available yet?
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Old 12-25-2018, 10:23 AM
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Love the photo SM escorting his grandma. The men in this family are professional in escorting ladies.
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Old 12-25-2018, 11:23 AM
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Here's a short article in English:


** norwaytoday: The Royal Family at Yule Mass in Holmenkollen Chapel **
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Old 12-25-2018, 05:03 PM
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Thanks eya & iceflower!

Yes, as one can see - and as W.Y.CII stated, Sverre is supporting his grandmother on the icy (although sanded) ground, while The King (whose walking is not the best these days, due to back/leg pains) managed himself without any help (not bad): TV2 video (link).

And here are some more photos. - If they don't show, click on them more than once:

The King and the royals bid farewell to Chaplain, Silje Karlsen (left) and Church-verger, Inger Margrethe Magnus (right):
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c6c0

The Queen and Sverre:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c689
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c692

The Crown Princess in a very good mood:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c66d
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c6b7

And here is a picture of the King's main state-car with the royal name A2 (a 2016 Audi A8 Extended Limousine), which The Regent-Couple, Ingrid and Sverre arrived/left in (while the CP-Couple arrived/left in one of the court's smaller cars, a bit difficult to see which one):
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c6b9

Better photo, taken during the Icelandic state visit in 2017 (link).

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About Holmenkollen Chapel: Wikipedia article.

BTW: Princess Astrid (who now celebrates elsewhere with her own bunch) has always had good childhood-memories from the Christmas-services in Holmenkollen, and since she and her family have always belonged to Ris Parish, which manages the chapel, she chose to christen all her five children there.
It was also the place where her third child and oldest son, Alexander Ferner, married in 1997 - and where the funeral service of her husband, Johan Martin Ferner, was held in 2015. And it was the princess herself who raised most of the money to the rebuilding of the new chapel-bulding after the old one was set on fire and burned down as a criminal offence (by arson) in 1992 (read more about it in the article).

And here are some pictures of the chapel - and the view from it over Oslo, taken today:

https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c918
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c919
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c91a

https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c830
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c810
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/td76c829

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It certainly sounds as if the princess has continued to enjoy a good relationship with the family of her former husband.
Yes, and according to themselves, it is due to these two reasons:
1. The children.
2. That they still enjoy each other's company.
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Old 12-25-2018, 06:30 PM
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Royal Norway, or someone else who understands spoken Norwegian, what was Mette-Marit asked and what was her answer at the end of the video (TV2 video)?

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Old 12-25-2018, 06:37 PM
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Does Princess Märtha Louise and children not normally join them?
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I think it was said earlier they are spending christmas with the Behn family
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:24 PM
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I think it was said earlier they are spending christmas with the Behn family
Yes, post #762. I think she and the girls attended last year with their Majesties, while the CP couple were with Mette-Marit's mom. (I may be wrong)

It would be nice to see all of them together, though. I guess we'll have to wait for paparazzi pics of a family vacation
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Old 12-26-2018, 02:02 PM
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Royal Norway, or someone else who understands spoken Norwegian, what was Mette-Marit asked and what was her answer at the end of the video (TV2 video)?

Tusen tak!
She was asked (by TV2's reporter) whether it has been a nice service, to which she replied: ''Ja, nydelig (Yes, lovely)!''

And BTW: ''Thanks'' means ''takk'' in Norwegian, while ''tak'' is the Danish version.

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Does Princess Märtha Louise and children not normally join them?
Do you mean at the Christmas-service in Holmenkollen Chapel? No, not when they are celebrating with the Behns, which they tend to do every other year.

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Yes, post #762. I think she and the girls attended last year with their Majesties, while the CP couple were with Mette-Marit's mom. (I may be wrong)

It would be nice to see all of them together, though. I guess we'll have to wait for paparazzi pics of a family vacation
As I wrote in post 746, which is also quoted in post 762:
1. ''Ari celebrated with the royals last year,'' which of course means that Märtha and the children were there as well.
2. ''The CP-family celebrated with CP MM's family at Skaugum last year.''

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Old 12-27-2018, 03:51 PM
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Ah, so it was a white Christmas for the NRF! Nice to see them together at the service.
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Old 12-27-2018, 04:57 PM
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What a beautiful Chapel. All that glowing wood and those wonderful chandeliers make it look like Christmas and it must look the same all year. What a beautiful place for the congregation worship an how special it must be for the NRF to join them to celebrate Christmas in serenity and joy.
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