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Old 08-19-2019, 08:21 PM
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Thank you for the nicely written obituary of Mr. Totland, Royal Norway.

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About him: Short explained, he was a teacher in his home city Bergen who had become interested in royalty after having read books and magazines for his royal-mad mother when she was severely ill. And when he sent letters upon letters to the Norwegian rag-mag Se og Hør during the late 1980s to complain about errors in their royal coverage, it resulted in him (after having turned it down more than once) being offered a job as their royal editor in 1991, the year The King acceded to the throne. And was until he wanted more freedom to comment on TV and stuff in 2011, the only reliable person there.
That was a surprisingly amicable offer for a "rag-mag"!

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Although it should be said that he has never had any problem voicing his opinion when there was something he didn't agree with. - Including Märtha's commercial use of her princess-title, which he has been ''highly critical'' of for years.
And he always respected those who didn't agree with him when it came to his stance on the monarchy.
Those are essential conditions for reputable royal reporting, I would say.

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And that was the start of seven years of which we have never seen anything like in other monarchies when it comes to royal experts/commentators. Yes, he would often appear several times a week on TV2 News Channel and News-shows on their main channel TV2 to explain/comment on day-to-day royal engagements and large-scale events such as The King's Silver/Consecration Jubilee celebrations in 2016, The Regent-Couple's 80th Birthday celebrations in 2017, The Regent-Couple's Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations in 2018 and various royal events abroad, where he annoyingly spoke the whole time, also over the music. LOL. I.e. about history, architecture of the various palaces, popularity of the various monarchies, orders, uniforms, military-displays, jewellery, dresses, shoes, etc, etc.

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Another thing to mention is that he's probably the person besides The King (as someone said it the other day) who is most responsible for the monarchy's record-high support in the polls over the past 5 years.
How? Because he was the monarchy and the NRF's BIGGEST supporter and would constantly praise them (and the institution) like no other (especially The King).
I wonder if not only his praise, but his educated commentary on daily engagements, history, comparisons to other monarchies, the intricacies of official events, etc., contributed to bolstering support for the monarchy? It seems plausible to me that for some individuals, an improved understanding of the institution might generate more affection for it.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:51 AM
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Here are the pictures that reveal that an engagement can be near! Princess Märtha Louise took her boyfriend Shaman Durek on a summer boat trip in the Norwegian Archipelago.
It's serious between Princess Märtha Louise and Shaman Durek. New pictures show how Crown Prince Haakon goes on a boat with his sister, Princess Märtha Louise, and her new love. King Harald and Queen Sonja invited the whole family - including Märtha Louise's boyfriend - to their summer house Mågerø in southern Oslo.
This is the first time Shaman Durek meets the entire royal family. The purpose was, of course, that they should all get to know him a little better. In the picture below we see Crown Prince Haakon add to the dock with a very happy Shaman Durek in the stern. Princess Märtha Louise also looked very happy. Finally everyone would meet her beloved!
The only one who was not present was Princess Ingrid Alexandra. She had something else to do. Crown Princess Mette-Marit sunbathed on the rocks while Prince Sverre Magnus steered the motorboat with the shaman, Princess Märtha Louise, her brother Haakon and the cousins ​​in.
When Norwegian King Harald stepped aboard the royal ship Norway at Bygdøy in Oslo recently, he was asked several questions about daughter Märta Louise and her new love Shaman Durek. King Harald chose not to answer many of the questions, but took the time to comment on some of them, reports the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.
Partly he said that it was nice that she found a boyfriend and revealed that he had not been able to meet the princess's boyfriend yet.
But now both Harald and Sonja have had close contact with Shaman Durek. We hope they had a nice weekend together. It looks like this in the pictures, don't you think?
The criticism has been massive and many have wondered how the mother of three planned a future with the new boyfriend, who did not live in Norway. When the princess and the shaman sat on a TV couch, the question was:
Märtha Louise, you have three children, you have a family around you. How do they handle all this?
- I talk to them a lot about what's going on. We know who we are. The kids know who we are. And there is a lot that has been written in the media that is not true.
Asked if she will receive support from her mother queen and father the king, Märtha Louise answered a little evasively:
- I get support from many people.
Se bilderna! Här semestrar kungaparet med Shaman Durek _ Svensk Damtidning

According to DanaPress, the photos are taken on 6th August
ROYAL: EXKLUSIV - Die norwegische Königsfamilie im Sommerurlaub in Mågerø - 06. August 2019
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Old 08-20-2019, 02:12 PM
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Thank you for the nicely written obituary of Mr. Totland, Royal Norway.
You're welcome!


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I wonder if not only his praise, but his educated commentary on daily engagements, history, comparisons to other monarchies, the intricacies of official events, etc., contributed to bolstering support for the monarchy? It seems plausible to me that for some individuals, an improved understanding of the institution might generate more affection for it.
Yes, but all that was packed in among the praise!

BTW: It may sound a bit strange saying that a royal expert/commentator ''probably is the person besides The King who is most responsible for the monarchy's record-high support in the polls over the past 5 years.''
But we are talking about a person with a lot of air-time on television here, where he would speak about ''vår folkekjære konge'' (''our beloved King''), ''vår kjære konge'' (''our dear King''), ''vår fantastiske konge'' (''our amazing King''), ''vår utrolige folkekonge'' (''our unbelievable people's King''), ''vår samlende konge'' (''our unifying King''), ''vårt folkekjære monarki'' (''our beloved monarchy''), ''vårt samlende monarki'' (''our unifying monarchy''), ''vår kjære dronning'' (''our dear Queen''), ''vårt kjære kronprinspar'' (''our dear CP-Couple''), ''kongens enorme popularitet'' (''The King's enormous popularity''), ''monarkiets enorme popularitet'' (''the monarchy's enormous popularity''); praising The King's ''unifying and amazing'' speeches, describing him as a ''moralsk veiviser, et moralsk kompass og en moralsk far for hele nasjonen'' (''a moral guide, a moral compass and a moral father for the whole naation''), etc, etc.

Plus saying that The Regent-Couple ''have saved the monarchy,'' saying that ''politicians don't dare to go against our amazing King,'' praising The Queen and CP MM for ''their unbelievable work for the monarchy,'' etc, etc.
Yes, as most of you have probably now understood, the man had very few boundaries when it came to speaking well about The NRF, and absolutely no one went against him either, not even the republicans.

And here one can read his blog-post from August last year where he wrote about The King and Queen in connection with their golden Wedding Anniversary (link).

Google translation (link).

Quotes translated by me:

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A golden wedding Anniversary is a great and happy occasion to celebrate in every family - and a Royal golden wedding Anniversary is a happy event for the entire nation.
And when it now is our dear Regent-Couple who have been married for 50 years, we would all like to join in the celebration.

For King Harald and Queen Sonja truly deserve our tribute on their big day. For 50 years, the two have been our foremost ambassadors - the last 27 years as Norway's cherished King and Queen.

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Family life, with wife and children and eventually children-in-law and grandchildren, have undoubtedly helped to shape our beloved monarch.

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The strength of the Norwegian royal house after 1905 has been their unique ability to both reflect our Norwegian values in their work and their lives - and to feel their time on the pulse. This is also King Harald and Queen Sonja's great strength.

Since the wedding in 1968, the two have been a driving skilled team both privately and in their special job. Together and individually, they have the honour for the well-functioning and beloved monarchy we have in Norway today. Together, the two have managed to modernize and renew the royal house - and make it relevant to ''new'' generations (yes, he wrote ''new,'' not ''future,'' so not an error from me).

Another thing to mention is that the funeral took place yesterday, and the RF family was represented by Sven Gjeruld Gjeruldsen, Assistant Communications Manager at the court (been in the position since 2001 and is one of the courtiers closest to The King).

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This is the first time Shaman Durek meets the entire royal family.
Thanks!

The first time he met the ''entire royal family'' was on May 17th.


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When Norwegian King Harald stepped aboard the royal ship Norway at Bygdøy in Oslo recently, he was asked several questions about daughter Märta Louise and her new love Shaman Durek. King Harald chose not to answer many of the questions, but took the time to comment on some of them, reports the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.
Partly he said that it was nice that she found a boyfriend and revealed that he had not been able to meet the princess's boyfriend yet.
That was in May!

Yes, Svensk Damtidning and their facts!

No, give me BILLED-BLADET instead!
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