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Old 10-03-2016, 11:03 AM
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The Parliament was opened today, October 3. King Harald stumbled on the stairs, but everything went fine:



** kongehuset.no: Det 161. Storting h°ytidelig ňpnet ** translation **


** vg.no: Kronprinsen kom til unnsetning da kongen snublet ** translation **

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Old 10-03-2016, 12:25 PM
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:36 PM
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:20 PM
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The Parliament was opened today, October 3. King Harald stumbled on the stairs, but everything went fine:



** kongehuset.no: Det 161. Storting h°ytidelig ňpnet ** translation **


** vg.no: Kronprinsen kom til unnsetning da kongen snublet ** translation **


It looks like a rather innocent stumble, without any greater meaning.
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:55 PM
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oops, that could have been gone wrong! Great reactions, Haakon!
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:21 PM
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The King seems to have had a bit of an unusual gait to his walk for a while now and from the video it simply looks like his foot didn't really go where it needed and on the narrow steps he nearly fell. Good reactions from Haakon!
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:07 PM
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:07 PM
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To me, that looks very worrying, not at all a simple stumble. He didn't seem to know where the steps were at all.

Why on earth have the King give the speech standing up? The throne's there, for goodness sake, let him sit in it! Very strange.
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To me, that looks very worrying, not at all a simple stumble. He didn't seem to know where the steps were at all.

Why on earth have the King give the speech standing up? The throne's there, for goodness sake, let him sit in it! Very strange.
Last year (?) he skipped an entire page of the speech while reading it, which is far more worrisome in my opinion than a stumble on the stairs.

Both King Harald in Norway and Queen Margrethe in Denmark look increasingly frail, which raises again the question whether abdication should become a normal trend now that, due to advances in medicine, people live longer , sometimes up to a very old age.
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That was 2 pages getting stuck together, hardly the same thing in the slightest.

This is off topic, but abdication weakens the entire idea of monarchy in the 21st Century. It may have some short-term benefits (lots of people here get to ooh and aah over younger women wearing new-to-them tiaras), but in the long term it compromises the fundamentals of the institution. Until Harald's mental faculties leave him, he should carry on, while giving his son more to do (no bad thing as Haakon strikes me as one of the most anonymous heirs in Europe).
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:41 AM
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That was 2 pages getting stuck together, hardly the same thing in the slightest.

This is off topic, but abdication weakens the entire idea of monarchy in the 21st Century. It may have some short-term benefits (lots of people here get to ooh and aah over younger women wearing new-to-them tiaras), but in the long term it compromises the fundamentals of the institution. Until Harald's mental faculties leave him, he should carry on, while giving his son more to do (no bad thing as Haakon strikes me as one of the most anonymous heirs in Europe).

I total agree with you abdication does weaken the entire idea of monarchy. unless people are ill.
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I total agree with you abdication does weaken the entire idea of monarchy. unless people are ill.
So the monarchies in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Spain have weakened because of abdications?
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:09 AM
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That was 2 pages getting stuck together, hardly the same thing in the slightest.

This is off topic, but abdication weakens the entire idea of monarchy in the 21st Century. It may have some short-term benefits (lots of people here get to ooh and aah over younger women wearing new-to-them tiaras), but in the long term it compromises the fundamentals of the institution. Until Harald's mental faculties leave him, he should carry on, while giving his son more to do (no bad thing as Haakon strikes me as one of the most anonymous heirs in Europe).
For me it are not abdications which weaken the entire idea of monarchy. It are exactly all these marriages to all those commoners which are eroding the whole concept from within. What do we mean with "royal" family when an unmarried mother with a child from someone else can become Norway's Queen? Or just marry that newsreader all Spaniards saw on their TV-screens? Or the daughter of a discutable figure whom served in the Argentine Junta? That everyone, the girl around the corner included, can become "royal" is exactly more undermining the whole idea of having a royal family, with a royal birthright, living in royal palaces and leading a royal lifestyle, royally funded by taxpayers than a monarch abdicating after a long and dedicated service, usually at an age far past the general retirement age.
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