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Old 03-20-2012, 08:31 PM
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Mmmm but don't forget that after all Charles and Camilla are "only" the CP couple and maybe Clarence House just doesn't want to usptage the Queen, even abroad (yes i know in the 80's and 90's there were some tiara events even for the Wales couple...).
Even without the big bling, we can ad that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are maybe the only princely couple to be received in such a grand manner around the world.
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Norway very rarely does black tie dinners so I'm starting to think that Charles and his people request them because the British seem to be abandoning their tiaras. Such a shame. However, everyone did look very very lovely and I have high hopes for tiaras in Denmark. Even black tie dinners without orders in Denmark seem to herald tiaras.
I don't think there abandoning tiaras. I think because its just an offical visit and not a state one. As you say I think Denmark we may well see tiaras.
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People curtsey differently everywhere, according to their preference. Some do just a slight bob, while others, like Mette-Marit, go for full formal curtsey.
She always curtseyed like that; for example, during her first meeting with Queen Elizabeth, or the most recent official visit to Britain (whilst heavily pregnant).
To me, it looks no different to curtseys performed by most other royals, especially to Heads of State.

The only strange thing for me was the fact that Mette-Marit chose to curtsey at all as she and Camilla have equal ranks as wives of Crown Princes of their respective countries. Moreover, as Crown Princess of the host country, Mette-Marit actually has a slight precedence over Camilla; the only reason could be genuine respect and/or admiration she has for Camilla - the two women do appear to be quite close. After all , and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were the only crown princely couple from a reigning hose to attend Charles and Camilla's wedding back in 2005.
I think M-M is just a genuinely warm, respectful woman who chooses to pay courtesy to her equal royal counterparts. She seems to derive pleasure from it, it seems, and for her it's an additional welcoming gesture on top of the traditional kiss.

And I'm so glad you posted that picture of M-M curtseying to Queen Elizabeth; I never tire of seeing that over again. That has got to be one of the most dramatic, graceful and elegant curtseys I've ever seen; she's bowing and dipping at the same time. She truly pulled out the big-gun, old-World court curtsey for the Queen and how I wish I could see HM's expression for that one! I love how her hand is placed atop the Queen's; so splendid to see.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:27 AM
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One of MM's best looks ever. :)
Yes it is. I kept on looking at MM and wondering what was different? Her dress is elegant and simple, hair and makeup perfect. She looks so happy too.
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But Prince Charles has always been particularly close to Queen Margrethe of Denmark. They were both students of archaeology at university and both Queen Margrethe & Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands have stayed with Prince Charles on one of his long weekends at Sandringham. + I also think that Queen Margrethe was one of the few to publicly support Prince Charles's relationship with Camilla before the couple married in 2005.
But didn't Haakon and Mette-Marit live in London for some time after their marriage? Thinking about the upheaval about Mette-Marit's past, I can imagine that MM and Camilla found they had something in common, so a close relationship could have startd. Which would explain the curtsey as well.
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It is possible. Certainly, the presence of Norway's crown princely couple at Camilla's wedding, which was supposed to be controversial affair (and was instead, thankfully, only a happy and beautiful one) was a public show of support that could only be explained by genuine affection between the couples, and
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Oh, I thought this would have been a tiara event, how disappointing.
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I know I'm bitterly disappointed with the lack of sparkle tonight in Oslo :( on the plus side Camilla looked pretty great and some great turquoise jewellry that i don't think we've seen before. Pity it seemed like a toned down evening and i had such high hopes for Norway on this trip, we already know that sweden and denmark (?) won't be full on tiara wearing events i thought this one might deliever but alas....
The only time that Camilla has worn a tiara outside the UK is at the Commonweath meet in Uganda in 2007. These days the only member of the BRF who does wear tiaras abroad is the Queen herself.

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on the plus side Camilla looked pretty great and some great turquoise jewellry that i don't think we've seen before. Pity it seemed like a toned down evening and i had such high hopes for Norway on this trip, we already know that sweden and denmark (?) won't be full on tiara wearing events i thought this one might deliever but alas....
Camilla has had this turquoise demi-parure for some time now, most certainly since before her wedding to Charles. I think the last time this was seen was in the pictures released to mark the first wedding anniversary of C&C.
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** Billed-Bladet: Charles og Camilla i Norge dag 1 **


** lehtikuva.fi: Camilla ja Charles vierailulla Norjassa **


** svenskdam.se: Charles och Camilla välkomnades med galamiddag i Oslo **
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Camilla and Mette-Marit dazzle at royal soiree - hellomagazine.com
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wow - MM looks fab in this one
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Day 2:
King Harald, Queen Sonja, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Bergen
daylife gallery Bergen, March 21, 2012 - News, photos, topics, and quotes

King Harald and Prince Charles visit the research vessel M/V Brennholm Picture
Queen Sonja and Duchess Camilla arrive at the kindergarten on Fløyen Picture
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:29 AM
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It is interesting to see, that in few days, we saw very differents weather in Norway... I mean, the Crownprincecouple was fotographed with skiers at Skaugum, with lot of snow, than a few days later they willkommed Charles and Camilla in Oslo in a very sunny, spring weather and now in Bergen this rainy, autumn weather... And this destinations are not so much from each other (Skaugum, Oslo, Bergen)....
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Camilla And Charles Visit Norway Royals, Bring Louis Vuitton Luggage (PHOTOS)
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:36 AM
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Today, the Duchess of Cornwall visited Granebo Outdoor Nursery School in Oslo, accompanied by Queen Sonja.
The weather was unfortunately unkind for outdoors activities; nevertheless, the royal ladies appeared to be in quite a good mood.
Later, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales paid a visit to Bryggen Wharf, where Prince Charles had a go with an axe as Camilla looked on.
King Harald, Camilla, Prince Charles and Queen Sonja also attended a concert in Haakonshall in Bergen together.

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DIY Duchess: Camilla practises her wood whittling skills on visit to outdoor nursery school with Queen of Norway
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The Duchess of Cornwall brushed up on her camping skills today on a visit to an outdoor nursery school in Bergen.It is unlikely that she will every need to recall the lesson, but Camilla was taught the art of wood whittling on the second day of her Scandinavian tour.Accompanied by Queen Sonja of Norway, the pair braved the rain for the trip, where they spent some time with school children.
Some lovely pictures in the article with this one being my favourite.
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Sonia seems to share Camilla's love of the polka dot.
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It is interesting to see, that in few days, we saw very differents weather in Norway... I mean, the Crownprincecouple was fotographed with skiers at Skaugum, with lot of snow, than a few days later they willkommed Charles and Camilla in Oslo in a very sunny, spring weather and now in Bergen this rainy, autumn weather... And this destinations are not so much from each other (Skaugum, Oslo, Bergen)....
True. Weather in Norway has these things. That's why the weather forecast website (yr.no) seems to be one of the favourite websites of norwegians

As usual it had to be heavy raining in rainy Bergen
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Sonia's yellow rain hat is certainly interesting. If Camilla had worn it I can only imagine the press comments! Camilla seems to frequent the same brolly maker as HMQ.
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