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Old 02-10-2019, 07:49 AM
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The Crown Princess seems in good health after the alarming news of last year
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:14 AM
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Well, interest in The RF has gone from great to greater here in recent years, something the TV-companies of course know how to exploit.
Have you got any speculations on the reasons that has happened? In any event, it demonstrates that the people are not merely interested in royal weddings or births, which is a positive thing for the monarchy.

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- Because NRK (the state-owned Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, which is the largest media organisation in Norway) is now in the production-fase of their new eight-episode series, ''Atlantic Crossing,'' which is about Crown Princess Märtha's WWII-efforts during her stay in The US with her 3 children - and her enigmatic relationship with Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Eya, BTW, wrote a bit about it in The Electronic Domain, back in November.)
The series is a co-production with DR (The Danish Broadcasting Corporation) and SVT (Sweden's Television), and will be shown on both Norwegian, Danish and Swedish TV-channels in 2021 or 2022. - And is already being described as one of the biggest TV-productions in Scandinavian history.

Cast: CP Märtha will be played by Sofia Helin (English Wikipedia-link), Roosevelt by Kyle MacLachlan (English Wikipedia-link) and CP Olav by Tobias Santelmann (English Wikipedia-link).

Very little information about the series in English, but found this site (link).

And be aware that the Norwegian name is: ''Alt for Norge'' (All for Norway), which has been the royal motto of Norwegian monarchs, since 1905.
Interesting; the Swedish kings adopt a new motto when ascending the throne. I wonder if King Harald will comment on the series depicting his beloved mother.

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While the Scandinavian entertainment company, Nordic Film, together with the commercial TV2 Group (Norway's second largest media company) is planning a series about King Haakon VII (known to almost everyone here as The King who said NO to Hitler).
It will start from when he as Prince Carl of Denmark was elected King of Norway in 1905 - and last until his death in 1957 as ''King Haakon the Great'' (which the VG-newspaper described him as on their front page, at the time).
The series will cost around 100 million NOK and is scheduled to be aired in 2022. It will most likely be bought by Danish TV2 and Swedish TV4 as well.
I would have liked them to delve into his experiences as Prince Carl of Denmark (didn't he witness his classmate's tragic death at the time he was a cadet, or something in that vein?), but that is good news.
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Old 02-12-2019, 02:28 PM
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Have you got any speculations on the reasons that has happened? In any event, it demonstrates that the people are not merely interested in royal weddings or births, which is a positive thing for the monarchy.
The King's increasing (although always very high) personal popularity, which is due to more and more focus on his warm and charismatic personality and his unifying and widely praised speeches (most of which he writes himself with some help from his private secretary, theologian, Knut Brakstad), his handling of the July 22nd attacks in 2011 and his visits to crisis-areas in Norway (such as, places hit by storms, floods and fires).
Although, the large-scale celebrations of The Silver Jubilee in 2016, the 80th Birthdays in 2017 and the Golden Wedding Anniversary last year, is also a factor, I think.

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Interesting; the Swedish kings adopt a new motto when ascending the throne.
Although they could have chosen their own mottos, both King Olav and King Harald have said that they, as King Haakon, sees the phrase ''Alt for Norge'' (All for Norway) as essential to their reigns.

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I wonder if King Harald will comment on the series depicting his beloved mother.
He did comment on the 2016-film about his grandfather, The King's Choice (English Wikipedia link). So, if he's asked about it, then I think he will.

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I would have liked them to delve into his experiences as Prince Carl of Denmark.
Well, in the NRK article I read (link), it was stated that the series, which is inspired by the Netflix drama The Crown and based on the reliable/serious Royal Author, Tor Bomann-Larsen's book-series about King Haakon and Queen Maud: ''Skal følge Haakons liv fra han som dansk prins hentes som konge til Norge og helt til hans død.'' (''Will follow Haakon's life from he as a Danish prince is brought to Norway as king and until his death.'')
However, in an Aftenposten article (which one must have a subscription to read), producer Aage Aaberge in Nordic Film said that: ''TV-serien begynner når kong Haakon ennå er en ung ugift prins og sjøkadett i dansk tjeneste.'' (''The TV series begins when King Haakon is still a young unmarried prince and sea cadet in Danish service.'')

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Didn't he witness his classmate's tragic death at the time he was a cadet, or something in that vein?
Yes, he was the only witness when one of his co-cadets, Kai Simonsen, committed suicide in 1891.
And there were actually some rumors that they had a sexual relationship and that it was Prince Carl who shot him, something Norwegian Prime Minister, Christian Michelsen denied during a meeting in The Storting in October 1905, just a month before Norway had a new king with the name of Haakon VII.

So, expect both this and author, Bomann-Larsen's controversial hypothesis that ''King Olav is not the son of King Haakon'' to be themes of the series, which BTW will have the name ''Vintertronen'' (The Winter Throne).
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:49 AM
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Well, according to TV2's Royal Expert, Kjell Arne Totland, The State Flag is flying over The Royal Palace (link). - Which means that both monarch and heir are out of the country.

Read about why here: Norwegian Royal flag-rules - English Royal House article.

And to those wondering why they are overseas? Hmm, probably because The Regent-Couple and The CP-Family (either together or separately) are on winter-holiday (week-long school-holiday).

Another thing to mention is the fact that Their Majesties now usually take some days abroad recharging their batteries before official overseas visits, such as spending five days in Seefeld, Austria to attend The Nordic World Ski Championships from February 25th.

Märtha OTOH (as one can see from her own thread) is home in Norway, where she flies from one television-studio to another talking about horses, her ''high-sensitivity'' and angels. - Most recently today, when she was a guest in TV2's breakfast show ''God Morgen Norge'' (God Morning Norway).
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:14 PM
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The King's increasing (although always very high) personal popularity, which is due to more and more focus on his warm and charismatic personality and his unifying and widely praised speeches (most of which he writes himself with some help from his private secretary, theologian, Knut Brakstad), his handling of the July 22nd attacks in 2011 and his visits to crisis-areas in Norway (such as, places hit by storms, floods and fires).
Although, the large-scale celebrations of The Silver Jubilee in 2016, the 80th Birthdays in 2017 and the Golden Wedding Anniversary last year, is also a factor, I think.
Thanks! The decision that the two series will not premiere until 2022 speaks to the producers' confidence that King Harald can be relied on to uphold the popularity of the monarchy for the foreseeable future.

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Yes, he was the only witness when one of his co-cadets, Kai Simonsen, committed suicide in 1891.
And there were actually some rumors that they had a sexual relationship and that it was Prince Carl who shot him, something Norwegian Prime Minister, Christian Michelsen denied during a meeting in The Storting in October 1905, just a month before Norway had a new king with the name of Haakon VII.

So, expect both this and author, Bomann-Larsen's controversial hypothesis that ''King Olav is not the son of King Haakon'' to be themes of the series, which BTW will have the name ''Vintertronen'' (The Winter Throne).
That would be interesting, but I wonder if it is likely. With the validity of both theories disputed, and the stories apparently not being widespread in King Haakon's lifetime, one imagines that incorporating them into the script of a biopic series would meet with some difficulties.
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:25 PM
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A lovely picture of the Royal Family for the Birthday of the King today!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuJ8Jvohmbj/


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Old 02-21-2019, 04:38 PM
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So lovely to see Harald with all his family! I hope he's been having a great birthday.
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:00 PM
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A lovely picture of the Royal Family for the Birthday of the King today!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuJ8Jvohmbj/


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For transparency: the photo is from August 2018 in Svalbard. RoyalNorway mentioned above that the King/Queen and CP families are out of the country, though we don't know if they're together or not.

I thought Harald invited everyone to South Africa last year. Maybe they're there again—though, M-L went last year and she seems to still be in Norway this year.
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Old 02-23-2019, 04:49 PM
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Harald does seem like he’d be a good humoured, loving father and a doting grandfather. He physically resembles my own grandfather a little so I may be biased.
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Old 02-23-2019, 05:26 PM
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A lovely picture of the Royal Family for the Birthday of the King today!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuJ8Jvohmbj/


"Dear dad, grandfather and father-in-law. We are all so infinitely happy in you. Your humor, your closeness, your interest in life are contagious and we always look forward to every second we are together. Happy Birthday!"
They look like a random family - with an overrepresentation of women/girls
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They look like a random family - with an overrepresentation of women/girls
Something they have in common with the Dutch royal family. Sverre and Claus could share stories of being the only grandson surrounded by girls

Nice family photo, even if an older one.
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Looks like Haakon has on some metallic, coppery-colored shoes. Is this even possible?
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Perhaps someone's thrown the ratty brown pair Haakon almost invariably wears with everything away!
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Old 02-23-2019, 08:14 PM
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I have always liked King Harold, he reminds me of a lovable giant teddy bear who gives great hugs. Wishing him a joyous Birthday and many more to come!
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A lovely old picture (i love them) posted Princess Martha Louise:

"My brother and I boating with our wonderful nanny Berit, my doll Ruth, dad and grandad. #1980"

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Old 03-07-2019, 02:01 PM
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Thanks! The decision that the two series will not premiere until 2022 speaks to the producers' confidence that King Harald can be relied on to uphold the popularity of the monarchy for the foreseeable future.
Although The King's personal popularity has been important (especially when it comes to interest in the royal family, which was what we discussed above), the monarchy as an institution is (according to polls) popular in itself, mainly due to the fact that a large majority of people would never choose a devisive politician as an apolitical/political president instead of an apolitical constitutional monarch. And despite the ''somewhat'' justified media-criticism of The CP-Couple (at least IMO) which has led to a dip in their personal popularity, I am now pretty sure that the public support for the monarchy will continue also under King Haakon VIII.

Especially when you take the political environment here into account. I mean in just a year, five MPs have had to withdraw from their party-positions, due to stuff ranging from sharing of sensitive information, sexual harassment, false bills and spreading of pornography to minors. And that's just in addition to the stuff mentioned in the constitutional thread through 2018. I.e. the drama that led to the resignations of government-ministers, Listhaug & Sandberg and Olemic Thommessen as President of The Storting (or The ''Scandalting'' as it's now referred to in the media).

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That would be interesting, but I wonder if it is likely. With the validity of both theories disputed, and the stories apparently not being widespread in King Haakon's lifetime, one imagines that incorporating them into the script of a biopic series would meet with some difficulties.
Pretty likely, since producer Aage Aaberge has said: ''Jeg er ikke bekymret for å lage en serie som inneholder slike påstander'' (I'm not worried about making a series containing such claims).

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RoyalNorway mentioned above that the King/Queen and CP families are out of the country, though we don't know if they're together or not.
We now know (at least according to TV2's reliable Royal Expert, Kjell Arne Totland) that they were on separate holidays, though we don't know where.

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I thought Harald invited everyone to South Africa last year. Maybe they're there again—though, M-L went last year and she seems to still be in Norway this year.
That was in February 2017, to celebrate The King's 80th Birthday!
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Happy Birthday from Martha Louise to her mother!


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