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Old 10-09-2017, 06:44 AM
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See the Opening of the 162th Storting live here from 13:00 (12:00 British time)
https://www.stortinget.no/nn/kva-skj...at-na/nett-tv/

See post 117 from Saturday evening where I went through almost all the openings since 1945, and post 118 from yesterday evening where I went through some historical facts and posted two very informative articles from the Royal House and the Storting about all aspects of the ceremony.

I will update this post through the day.

Edit: Live on TV2 News Channel - Kjell Arne Totland is live at the Storting and Carl I. Hagen (former leader of the Progress Party) is in the studio.

Edit: The guard is already in place.

Edit: Live on NRK1 now:
https://www.nrk.no/nyheter/stortinget-apner-1.13725481

Edit: The King and Queen on their way to the Storting in the Open car - A5 - The Lincoln Continental 1966 (the car I mentioned in post 118) - CP Haakon in a state limousine.

Edit: The King, Queen and CP Haakon have arrived at the Storting.

Edit: The King, Queen and CP Haakon is walking into The Storting Chamber.

Edit: Live on TV2 News Channel:
http://www.tv2.no/v/1153546/

Edit: The MPs is singing the royal anthem, His Majesty is now speaking.

Edit: His Majesty has declared the 162th Storting opened.

Edit: Henrik Asheim (the youngest member of the government) and the controversial president of the Storting Olemic Thommessen is now finished speaking.

Edit: The King, Queen and CP Haakon have left The Storting Chamber.

Edit: The King, Queen and CP Haakon is now leaving the Storting in the same cars.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:40 AM
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This deserves its own post - The King, accompanied by the Queen and the Crown Prince, opened the 162th session of the Storting today:

The NRK broadcast:
https://tv.nrk.no/serie/nyheter/NNFA41014717/09-10-2017

The Broadcast from the Storting (without commentary) - the video is a bit weird, so you need to rewind it to 08:00 to see the arrival of the King, Queen and CP Haakon:
https://www.stortinget.no/link/dd184...899&meid=10033

The Broadcast on TV2 News Channel (not available on the net) was best as usual with pictures of the King, Queen and CP Haakon leaving the Storting - here's a video of His Majesty's speech:
Trontalen: – Vil arbeide for et bærekraftig samfunn

Royal House article with photos:
Det 162. Storting høytidelig åpnet - kongehuset.no

The King's speech:
https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuel...ing/id2573668/


YouTube video from Dagbladed:
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No Crown-Princess in attendance ?
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:07 AM
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No Crown-Princess in attendance ?
No, she is not supposed to join them as she has no constitutional role. The king and crown prince are expected (and maybe Ingrid - Alexandrs after she turns 18?) and the queen is "tolerated"...
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:22 PM
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I wrote something similar in post 118, where I went through some historical facts.

The presence of Consorts:

1. Queen Maud attended 5 openings, the last time in 1922.

2. Queen Sonja has participated during all openings, except 1992, 2000 and 2001.

3. Some of the MP's didn't want the Queen to attend in 1991, but the King insisted.

4. And her presence is more than ''tolerated'' today and most people (including experts and MPs) wants her to be there, with the exception of Political editor Kjetil B. Alstadheim in Dagens Næringsliv (he don't want Haakon there either).

The non-presence of the wife of the heir:

1. Märtha and Sonja (even in absence of a consort) never attended as Crown Princesses, the same with Mette-Marit.

2. She (Mette-Marit) could of course have been there, but there is no tradition for it, and as royal author Tor Bomann-Larsen said a while ago, "Where should she sit? There is no throne for her.''

More news from the ceremony:
The King stumbled on his way down from the throne last year, and a handrail was therefore installed this year to help him.

A long informative article from Royal Central's Norwegian born/living Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen:
King Harald, Queen Sonja & Crown Prince Haakon attend the State Opening of Parliament – Royal Central
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I am glad that the Queen is nowadays accepted - after the insistence of the King. However, it remains weird that the spouse of the heir is not 'allowed'/'expected' - Norway is truly an exception.

I wonder whether it might actually not 'despite' the absence of a consort but more because of the absence; it may have seemed (at some point, for some reason) illogical for the spouse of the heir to be at the ceremony while the King came alone (because he was widowed). In addition, I wonder whether Sonja's status as 'commoner' might have been part of this as well; as the King wasn't happy about his son marrying her, so allowing her at this ceremony might have been a bridge too far at that point. However, I hope that at some future date (maybe when Ingrid-Alexandra turns 18? Is there truly no place where she could sit with her mother?) they remediate this situation to at least allow all Norway's majesties and royal highnesses at this yearly gathering.
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:12 AM
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I am glad that the Queen is nowadays accepted - after the insistence of the King. However, it remains weird that the spouse of the heir is not 'allowed'/'expected' - Norway is truly an exception.

I wonder whether it might actually not 'despite' the absence of a consort but more because of the absence; it may have seemed (at some point, for some reason) illogical for the spouse of the heir to be at the ceremony while the King came alone (because he was widowed). In addition, I wonder whether Sonja's status as 'commoner' might have been part of this as well; as the King wasn't happy about his son marrying her, so allowing her at this ceremony might have been a bridge too far at that point. However, I hope that at some future date (maybe when Ingrid-Alexandra turns 18? Is there truly no place where she could sit with her mother?) they remediate this situation to at least allow all Norway's majesties and royal highnesses at this yearly gathering.
1. But Crown Princess Märtha wasn't allowed to attend either, and she had a very close relationship with her father-in-law King Haakon.

2. When CP Haakon becomes monarch, then both Mette-Marit and Ingrid-Alexandra (if 18) will be present. And no, there is no place for either of them to sit as long as the King is alive, something I hope he is when Ingrid turns 18. But they can of course be present at other events in the The Storting Chamber, as we saw in 2014 for the 200th Anniversary of Norway's Constitution - photos of it here:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/szc39256
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/szc38f42

More from yesterday's opening - Photo gallery from NTB Scanpix:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/search.a...A5pning%202017

And again just look at that historical and beautiful car, the King's A5 - The Lincoln Continental 1966 (the car I wrote about in post 118). And as people can see, they had the windows up, unlike last year when they were down - photos from yesterday:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc480174
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc47ec7b

And as I wrote in post 125, the King stumbled on his way down from the throne last year, and a handrail was therefore installed this year to help him, here's a photo of him using it:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc480183
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:50 PM
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S and the controversial president of the Storting Olemic Thommessen is now finished speaking.
Why is he controversial?
Party-political adherence or a personal goof?

BTW. Thanks Royal Norway. Fine coverage as always.
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:41 PM
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You're welcome!

Because of his personality and all the controversies he has been involved in the past year - here are two of them:

1. The so-called building scandal (renovation of buildings used by the Storting - became 25 times more expensive than expected), which almost cost him his job - read here:
http://norwaytoday.info/news/thommes...slight-margin/

2. The Dinner scandal - read here:
http://norwaytoday.info/sport/nif-pi...ivate-dinners/

A quote that might interest you, but not surprising since Frederik is a member of IOC:
Quote:
On two occasions, Thommessen hosted dinners for national decision makers, members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), local decision makers and representatives from the Norwegian and Danish Royal Houses.

And to those of you who reads this thread, The King, accompanied by the Crown Prince, opened the 8th Sameting (Sami Parliament) today - read here:
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post2026503
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