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Old 02-01-2018, 06:24 PM
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Carl Gustaf's predecessor in the throne of Sweden (king Gustaf VI Adolf) had two British wives, so he was a quite overt anglophile.
And his second wife was one Lady Louise Mountbatten, aka Prince Philip’s aunt.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:29 PM
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Well at least William met Haakon and MM at his father's wedding back in 2005
As I said, the Palace's press release said they had never met. Probably they were not introduced to each other at the aforementioned wedding.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:48 PM
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What a brilliant day. Kudos all the way around. I think Sonja is the most lovely 80 year old I have ever seen. Princess Ingrid Alexandra is such a stunner and has such presence - already. I really enjoy the way Haakon and MM chat one another up when they are hanging back in photos - it just makes my day.

I have two general questions someone may be able to answer:

What is the decoration on the bowl that the Norwegians gifted to the Cambridges? I can't make it out. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2018/...7502983940.jpg

In the group picture at the Royal Palace - what is depicted on the wall art behind the company? I mean - where is that supposed to be? It's beautiful. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2018/...7496090518.jpg

EDIT: It's the Bird Room in the Palace and the peak on the left is the Myrhorn.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:51 PM
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King Harald and Queen Sonja are considered "close" to Queen Elizabeth II. I don't think they had any relationship with W&K.
Isn't Sonja supposed to be one of Elizabeth's closest friends?
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Old 02-01-2018, 07:46 PM
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:13 PM
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I don’t know about William and Kate, but the Queen Mum, The Queen, Charles and Anne are all very chummy with the Norwegians.
Princess Anne is Haakon’s godmother, for example. And Haakon and Mette-Marit were one of few royal guests at Charles and Camilla’s wedding. I also believe that the Wessexes and the Gloucesters are close to them.


Don’t forget that the late king Olav , Harold’s father was a grandson of TM king EdwArd and queen Alexandra. He spent a lot of his youth in England and from what I read was very close to his grandmother and the late King George VI.
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:36 AM
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Sweden was more informal. The Norwegians really rolled out the red carpet for W&K. That is understandable: compared to Sweden, Norway is a less "powerful" country (in geopolitical terms) and a visit from British royals is a bigger deal.
I don't think I agree with you (not a big surprise, since we Norwegians like to think highly about ourselves).

1. Did we roll out the red carpet for W&K? Not more that we had done for other royal official visits. - And as professor Jan Erik Mustad said on NRK yesterday: The Brits need us as much as we need them.

2. In geopolitical terms? As I wrote in post 32 (very detailed BTW), the Sweds were just as informal during the Danish CP coople's visit.

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Isn't Sonja supposed to be one of Elizabeth's closest friends?
According to TV2's royal expert Kjell Arne Totland (he is known to be very reliable):

The King and Queen is close (if we can call it that) with Charles/Camilla and Anne. - How? By somtimes spending time with them personaly.

Are they close whit QEII? Not very, but they meet her somtimes for tea (as QMII also does) when they are in London.

The only royal person who really is a close friend of them is QMII.

But back to the visit:

Today's program:
Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess accompany Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to Hartvig Nissen Upper Secondary School and a meeting with students and the cast of SKAM (10:10).

Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess accompany Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Ski Museum and the Holmenkollen Ski Arena (14.00).

Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess accompany Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Øvresetertjern (Øvreseter lake) for out-door activities with children and kindergarten visit (14:45).

Live link from NRK:
NRK LIVE

Live link from TV2 News Channel:
TV2 LIVE

Live link from VG:
VG LIVE

I will posts more articles and information about yesterday and today after the Cambridges leave Norway.
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:56 AM
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Well at least William met Haakon and MM at his father's wedding back in 2005

Haakon attended in 1995 as a very young Crown Prince the celebrations of the end of WWII in London. On day 2 he sat on the same stand in Hyde Park with the estranged Walses and a mere 13 year old William sat for the outdoor celebrations.
And Haakon was also a guest for the Wessexes wedding in 1999!
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:59 AM
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Here's a video of the King,Queen and Royal family with the Duke and Duchess at the Royal Palace.

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Old 02-02-2018, 10:52 AM
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Lovely start of the visit. I think Mette-Marit is a bit taller than Catherine. I've read somewhere that Mette-Marit is 1,80cm and Catherine is 1,77/1,78cm.
It was nice that Ingrid Alexandra was there to guide them through her park. So sweet! And she is so grown up! A truly lady!

Kate looks taller tham 1,78m to me.
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Kate looks taller tham 1,78m to me.
Me too I think Catherine is taller than 1,78. Most NorwayRF are relatively tall.
But, just look at group photos w/Sweden RF, Catherine towered over all of them.
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Old 02-02-2018, 11:48 AM
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Cute last day of the Tour

William making a snowball
http://2.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:1...aaf&m=mimghmmm

Cute little girl with Haakon
http://1.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:1...aaf&m=ndpaegfp

the view is amazing
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DVCQL4KX0AALXR7.jpg
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Old 02-02-2018, 12:28 PM
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I loved how every member of the Norway Royal Family participated in this visit. What can I say - The more the merrier. The whole family made it such a wonderful event. I cannot get enough of the pictures - all smiles and all. The King, The Queen, and Family so warm and welcoming, they even made me fall in love with The Cambridges.
I do not follow the Norway RF much, but now, I want to follow them more.
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Old 02-02-2018, 12:28 PM
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Cute last day of the Tour

William making a snowball
http://2.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:1...aaf&m=mimghmmm

Cute little girl with Haakon
http://1.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:1...aaf&m=ndpaegfp

the view is amazing
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DVCQL4KX0AALXR7.jpg
No matter where you stand in Norway, the view is amazing.

And William finally wore the knitted cap, he must have been presented with when entering Norway.
You mark my words; considering that he is now hair-challenged, that cap will be seen very often from now on!
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Old 02-02-2018, 12:34 PM
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The visit is over, so let's go through it:

Day 1:

The Day-events:

Article from the Royal House:
Official visit from the United Kingdom - The Royal House of Norway

Article from Royal Central:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Oslo – Day 1 – Royal Central

Article from Norway Today:
Ingrid Alexandra shone as a guide for Kate and William
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Ingrid Alexandra shone as a guide for Kate and William
The Norwegian princess, Ingrid Alexandra, impressed when she showed the British couple her own sculpture park. Language savvy and confident, she informed about the sculptures.

The 14-year-old has spent several years at the international school, where the day to day language is English. That became apparent when she showed Prince William and Duchess Kate her sculpture park at the Royal Palace on Thursday. When the party, which also included Queen Sonja and the Crown Prince, came out of the Palace after lunch, people were packed behind the barriers.

Prince William and his wife approached them and talked with lots of people, asked where they came from, what they names were, praised outfits and thanked them for their appraisals. It took them almost half an hour to walk the 200 metres to the first sculpture.
The NRK broadcast of the day-events:
Prins William og hertuginne Kate på Norgesbesøk

The offcial dinner at the Royal Palace:

Article from Royal Central:
King Harald quotes “Love Actually” in gala dinner speech for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Royal Central
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His Majesty King Harald of Norway quoted the 2003 film Love Actually during his gala dinner speech last night held in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The quote came almost halfway through his evening remarks when discussing Norway and the United Kingdom.
The text of the King's speech:
Official visit from UK: Official dinner at the Royal Palace - kongehuset.no
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Dear William, dear Kate,
I admire the way you carry out your duties, and the way that you support Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The Queen and I know from our own experience how valuable it is to work together with the younger generation and how important it is to support one another in this rather unusual profession of ours...
And yes, he said Kate (not Catherine).

The text of William's speech:
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the Royal Palace, Norway
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Your Majesties, I bring warm greetings from my grandmother The Queen to you both and to the Norwegian people. Her Majesty has very fond memories of her three State Visits to Norway, and of hosting visits by Your Majesties and King Olav.
Articles from NRK with google translations:
Dette får de å spise under slottsmiddagen med Kate og William - translation

Kongen siterte «Love actually» - translation

The NRK broadcast of the gala dinner:
Prins William og hertuginne Kate på Norgesbesøk

The television coverage:

NRK:
Very pro-Norwegian monarchy, pro-Cambridges and pro-Diana, but very anti-Charles.
Talked much about brexit.

TV2:
Very pro-Norwegian monarchy, pro-Cambridges and almost no mentioning of Charles/Diana.
Talked much about brexit.

The ignorance of the media:
Said that Diana started the walkabouts (which is wrong of course).
Said that Diana was the first British royal to do charities (which is wrong of course).
Said nothing about the Prince's Trust.

Some of the other ridiculous things that was talked about:
Said that William was here to learn (from the King) how to be modern.
Said that Charles was too unpopular to come, so the British government sent William and Kate.

Similar to some of the other stupid things they said during 2015, 2016 and 2017:
Criticised QMII and King Carl XVI Gustaf for their christmas/new years speeches and said they should learn from the King.
Said that QMII should ask Queen Sonja for advice on how to have a good marriage.
Said that QEII had learned how to be more folksy by the King.
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Lovely start of the visit. I think Mette-Marit is a bit taller than Catherine. I've read somewhere that Mette-Marit is 1,80cm and Catherine is 1,77/1,78cm.
It was nice that Ingrid Alexandra was there to guide them through her park. So sweet! And she is so grown up! A truly lady!

Kate looks taller tham 1,78m to me.

Me too I think Catherine is taller than 1,78. Most NorwayRF are relatively tall.
But, just look at group photos w/Sweden RF, Catherine towered over all of them.
I don't think so. I remember reading somewhere before that Mette-Marit is 1,80. And when you look at pictures, Catherine is almost as tall as Mette-Marit, but you can see that she is a bit shorter than her (a very tiny bit), which means Catherine might be 1,78.
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Haakon attended in 1995 as a very young Crown Prince the celebrations of the end of WWII in London. On day 2 he sat on the same stand in Hyde Park with the estranged Walses and a mere 13 year old William sat for the outdoor celebrations.
And Haakon was also a guest for the Wessexes wedding in 1999!
Ah you're so right !
So much for KP's press release
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Read about Day 1 (also written this evening in post 95).

Day 2:

Article from the Royal House:
Concluded their visit in crisp winter weather - The Royal House of Norway

Article from Norway Today:
Fairy tale winter meets Kate and William in Oslo
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The British Duke William and his wife Kate, were greeted by sparkling sunshine, snowy trees and in the not least temperatures below freezing when they arrived in Holmenkollen on Friday afternoon.

Many winter-clad spectators are also present.

Kate and William arrived a quarter of an hour after plan, wearing sensible winter jackets and winter hats. On the program is a visit to both Ski museum, where the red carpet was rolled out over the snow, the jumping tower as well as the ski jumping hill.
NRK articles with google translation:
«Helsesista»: – Kate og William bidrar til å knuse tabuene om psykisk helse - translation

Skam-skolen: – Det er jo helt sinnssykt - translation

«Skam-Eskild» om møtet med Kate og William: – Alltid gøy å møte fans - translation

William sa jeg hadde varme hender - translation

Kate og William i Holmenkollen i strålende vintervær: – Wow, så vakkert! - translation

Photo-galleries from NRK:
Se publikums egne bilder av møtet med prins William og hertuginne Kate

Prins William og hertuginne Kate i Holmenkollen og Tryvann

The NRK broadcast:
Prins William og hertuginne Kate på Norgesbesøk

The television coverage:

NRK:
Very pro-Norwegian monarchy, pro-Cambridges and (unlike yesterday) almost no mentioning of Charles/Diana.
The 36-year-old historian Trond Norén Isaksen was one of the experts (he is known for his great knowledge of European royal houses).

TV2:
Very pro-Norwegian monarchy and pro-Cambridges.
TV2's royal expert Kjell Arne Totland was the main contributor (as he was yesterday). He is very pro-monarchy, but he is not afraid to criticise the CP couple or Märtha (if he thinks they need it).

The television coverage and media interest has been enormous here (bigger than it was for Obama in 2009 and almost as big as that for QEII in 2001). - What does that mean? According to Trond Norén Isaksen and professor Jan Erik Mustad, it meant that the charm offensive from the British govenment really worked.

Now I need a break (will be back in a few days).
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Take a week if you need it Royal Norway. Thank you for all of your postings and translations before, during and now after the Norwegian tour!
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Once again thank you, Royal Norway! Enjoy you break
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