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I think the statue is lovely! It reflects HMs personality perfectly!
Agree! And the so-called experts seems to like it to. There are many articles about it, and I will trancelate some of them later.


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A descriptive profile of Queen Sonja; I think both of her children have derived some attributes from her. Thank you for translating it.
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This is such an *outstanding brilliant* piece of work that you have done here. I am so amazed by it, reading about this wonderful lady and all that she has had to go through to get where she is today, shows that Queen Sonja is one very strong intelligent lady who never gives up. She is such a great role model for the young women of Norway.

Still lots more to read yet wanted to impart that to you.
Thank you very much! And nice of you to say.

And yes, Queen Sonja is a wonderful lady who has done so much for this country - despite criticism and personal problems.

More about today:

After all the criticism of the CP couple during the past 4 years, the King has decided to open up the monarchy even more, and cameras are being let in to the private party at Bygdøy this evening. And thats the rigth vay to go when it comes to the monarchy in Norway - because then the ordinary people feel that they are participating.

The NRK1 broadcast from the palace park and the art stable:
https://tv.nrk.no/serie/nyheter/NNFA41008917/04-07-2017

The VG broadcast:
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The TV2 broadcast - not available, but here's a video of some of it:
Turdronning Sonja fikk seg selv i gave

Edit: Forgot to mention that Marius Borg Høiby were present along with his girlfriend.

Edit: A video from Royal Central's Oskar Aanmoen - very poor quality, so se the broadcast/video above:
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NRK live video link from the arrivals at Bygdøy Kongsgår - hope it works outside Norway - starts in 5 min: http://www.nrk.no/kultur/festaften-p...ard-1.13588495

Edit: NRK calls her popular in yet another article, while one of the newspapers goes so far and calls her beloved - something she has never been called before.

Edit: The live video starts now.

Edit: It's black tie.

Edit: The King and Queen is greeting the guests.

Edit: Still greeting guests.

Edit: This is a private celebration, but there are some official guests - including the Prime Minister.

Edit: Marius Borg Høiby and his girlfriend will be be present, but not in front of the cameras.

Edit: Not more guests to greet - the private party starts now.

Edit: The Queen is criticized by art-historians for what she exhibits in the art stable and the fact that it will cost 100 kroner to get in.

Edit: And again, the experts are very mean to her - accusing her of taking money from ''poor artists'' because she has received art-gifts for the stable.

Edit: And as one of the royal experts has said, no one has had to stand up to the Law of Jante more than Queen Sonja.
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When it was in 1999 , for Prince Philippe 's Wedding , we had an important Exibition at our Fine Arts Museum about our painter James Ensor.
The Royal Family of Norway wanted to visit the Exhibition , a Visit was organised on a Monday when the Museum was closed.
Queen Sonja wanted to be guided by the Curator and a Friend of mine the King ans his daughter.
She noticed directly that Paintings was not King Harald's cup of tea. So after a while she started with a Joke and ho what happen , such a heavy Laugh from the King that the Queen and our Curator were shocked . At the end, the King's Bodyguard said that she was an excellent Guide.
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Very interesting! And no, paintings/art is certainly not King Harald's cup of tea - he has said so him self.

Article with pictures and a 8 min video from the party tonight - trancelated by me:
https://www.nrk.no/kultur/disse-delt...den-1.13588495
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These will attend the dinner at Bygdøy

Tonight the Queen's birthday celebration ends with a party night at Bygdø Kongsgård. The party is the royal couple's joint 80th birthday.

The guests arrived at bygdøy around 19:15. Queen Sonja is wearing a purple dress, and the royal couple greeted the guests who arrived. Among the guests is the mayor of Oslo, Marianne Borgen.

Princess Astrid was welcomened by the royal couple. Lis Haraldsen, widow of Queen Sonja's brother, has also arrived at the party.

Artist Magne Furuholmen and his wife are also among the guests tonight. Magne Furuholmen has become close friend with the Queen in recent years.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her husband Sindre Finnes arrived together at at bygdøy - the prime minister dressed a long green dress.

Sources has confirmed to NRK that Marius Borg Høiby and his girlfriend Linn Helena Nilsen will be present tonight.

Politicians such Fabian Stang (former major of Oslo) and Catharina Munthe (his wife) are regular guests at royal parties and were also present tonight.

The Crown Prince couple arrived at the party with Crown Princess Mette-Marit's mother, Marit Tjessem and Princess Märtha Louise.

Dance, food and drinks

Present at the party tonight are close friends and family. According to what the NRK experiences, there are around 100 people invited to the party. There will be good food, good drink and dance. It is known that the Queen is very fond of dancing and jazz music.

Earlier today, the Queen celebrated the birthday with the unveiling of the statue in the palace park, and the opening of the art stable. When the stable was opened, the Queen held a speech for the guests. She said it was a dream come true.

"As you know, in recent years I have had an extra commitment to promote graphic arts. Opening the art stable with an exhibition of graphics is a dream for me''.

She thanked at the same time for all the presents, and said that she is looking forward to welcoming new artists and art forms to the art stable in the future.
There are written very many article about the celebrations today - I will translate some of them tomorrow, and maybe an article about the statue tonight.
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Thanks so much Royal Norway!
Lovely statue of Queen Sonja and wonderful art stable.
Good know Marius Borg Høiby was there.
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You're very welcome!

I urge everyone from Scandinavia to see this wonderful 30 min documentary where this warm and caring person (Queen Sonja) shows NRK around in the art stable. It was broadcast on NRK1 tonight:
https://tv.nrk.no/program/NNFA300000...-fyller-80-aar

This has been a wonderful day with much praise for Norway's 80-year-old Queen consort - something she deserves.

I'm going to translate 2 or 3 articles tomorrow. I'm also going to write a bit about the golden wedding anniversary next year - we've got some interesting information about it.
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Märtha posted this heartwarming Instagram message to her mother, Queen Sonja, on her 80th birthday - writing: ''Happy 80th Birthday to one of my greatest inspirations in life: My Mom. Thank you for being stubborn enough to change what needed changing, loving enough to let everyone around you blossom and intuitive enough to let everyone be appreciated for who they are.'' She also posted this picture:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DD50GL7XYAEFx_D.jpg

And here you can read a bit about the silly criticism she received by some art-experts yesterday:
Queen Sonja is delighted with the art gallery - Norway Today
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Some photos from the gallery opening
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-34dY4dv0o...r_tc0b9355.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l1lrw1WmR...r_tc0b9137.jpg

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Queen Sonja statue unveiled by her grandchildren.

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I haven't had the time to post more articles or go through the news that came out about the golden wedding anniversary, but I will do it (maybe tomorrow).

Thanks for the video An Ard Ri! I've posted all the broadcasts in post 566 and a 8 min video from the party at Bygdøy in post 569, but for those who likes to watch YouTube videos - see them here:

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BB's Anna Johannesen reports that the reason for Haakon shaving off his beard during the dinner was that he and his sister, Märtha Louise, performed a sketch depicting their parents and in order to do that, Haakon had to remove his beard and put on a "bald-cap". - The sketch was a big success.
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Hello, I'm new to the forum but would like help with my genealogy.
I'm Norwegian-American living in France and can't make out among the many Lorentzen family members in Holmestrand, Norway. They are so many there among the many Lorentzens that are originally from there.

My family is called Lorentzen too and particularly so that's the name of my great,great-grandmother Catherina Fredrikke Fredrikke Lorentzen (married to husband Wilhelmsen). I'd like to know what degree of parenthood there is between my ancestor Catharina and Mrs Lorentzen, Ragnhild of the Royal Norwegian Palace.

The family tree from Holmestrand is too complex for me to find my way through. Our family is from Tonsberg (that is just 40 km from Holmestrand). Tonsberg is the district's main town which Holmestrand comes under.

Thank you to the royal fans who know how to make their ways through the genealogy of those Norwegian genealogies of the past and can give me a breakdown of the link and degree of separation between those two ladies of my family-lineage.

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A bit to late but here it is: (I wrote this on july 6th)

Golden Wedding Anniversary 2018:

According to NRK's royal correspondent/reporter Kristi Marie Skrede (she said it live on television on July 4th) and people I've talked to who works in the media, the King has decided to downplay the celebrations next year - why? This:

Silver Jubilee 2016:

January 16th: The CP Couple hosted a private black tie dinner at Skaugum. Only for close family with exception of QMII/Swedish King/Queen. Pictures released.

January 17th: Accession Day. Large scale celebrations with a service in the Palace Chapel, winter festival in the palace square, appearance on the balcony, walking procession from the palace to the University Aula for a matiné (afternoon performance).

NRK1 broadcasted the service in the Palace Chapel from 10:55 to 11:55 and the Winter activities in the Palace Square from 12:35 to 14:00.

NRK2 sent live from the Winter activities in the Palace Square and the walking procession from 14:20 to 16:00.

NRK1 sent highlights from the day's celebrations from 18:00 to 19:00 and broadcasted the matiné from earlier in the day from 20:15 to 22:00. TV2 News Channel also broadcasted all the events with the exception of the matiné.

Private black tie dinner at the palace. Only for close family with exception of QMII/Swedish King/Queen. Pictures released.

June 18-29: Silver jubilee tour along the coast with the Royal Yacht Norge. During the course of their trip, the King and Queen visited six cities (Tromsø, Bodø, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger and Kristiansand), and public festivities were held each place in their honour. Their Majesties hosted a garden party in each city.

The start of the trip was broadcasted by NRK1, they also had live reports in their regular news broadcasts through the trip. TV2 News Channel also sent live from all the events.

June 23th: Consecration Jubilee. The King and Queen celebrated in Trondheim with “breakfast with the people” at the Ravnkloa fish market (the event featured music, children’s art and breakfast delicacies), a service at Nidaros Cathedral, appearense on the balcony at Stiftsgården and a garden party for 600 guests. NRK1 (Norway's largest TV channel) sent live from 09:00 to 17:20 and broadcasted a summary of the events from 19:30 to 20:55. (It must be one of the longest television broadcasts in Norway's history)

September 1th: The King and Queen hosted a garden party in the Palace Park for 1500 guests from throughout Norway. It was here that the King held his amazing speech.

NRK1 broadcasted the garden party from 13:10 to 16:20 - also broadcasted by TV2 News Channel.

The 80th Birthday Celebrations 2017:

February 21th: The King's 80th birthday. Congratulation Protocol at the palace with a long queue of well-wishers - read about it here:
A long queue of well-wishers - The Royal House of Norway

And although His Majesty was abroad with his family in South Africa, NRK1 sent live from the palace in their regular news broadcasts and broadcasted a special program with guests in the studio from 19:45 to 20:55.

TV2 news channel sent live from the palace, had experts in the studio, spoke with the Prime Minister, was in a kindergarten where the children sang to the King, spoke to young people (who just love him) and calls him the best king in the world. People was interviewed in the streets and talked about how inclusive, warm and modern he is. Many said his speeches had changed their lives.

May 9th: Joint official birthday celebrations. Deputations at the palace, entertainments in the palace square (from the King’s Guard, the choral group Oslo Soul Children and acrobats from Nysirkus Bjerke), balcony appearance and a white tie gala dinner with entertainments at the palace.

Broadcasted by NRK1 from 17:20 to 18:55 and from 19:35 to 21:00 and live on TV2 News Channel. (Live feed on the net for the deputations from 11:00 to 13:00)

May 10th: Joint official birthday celebrations. Luncheon on board the Royal Yacht Norge, cortège in cars from the palace to the opera building (with entertainments from the King’s Guard and marching bands along the way) for an official black tie Gala banquet with entertainments given by the government followed by a fireworks display.

Broadcasted by NRK1 from 17:30 to 19:05 and from 21:15 to 23:00 and live on TV2 News Channel.

Both days was attended by several foreign royal guests and the presidents from Finland and Iceland with spouses - the guestlist:
Kongeparets 80-årsdager: Gjesteliste - kongehuset.no

Read about the celebrations here:
Celebration at the Royal Palace - The Royal House of Norway

Gala banquet at the Oslo Opera House - The Royal House of Norway

June 11–14: 80th Birthday tour in the inland. The King and Queen visited the counties of Hedmark and Oppland where they among other things hosted a garden party at Maihaugen.

NRK1 showed clips of the events in their regular news broadcasts and TV2 News Channel sent live reports from the events.

July 4th: The Queen's 80th birthday. Congratulation Protocol at the palace. The royal family attended the unveiling of a statue of Queen Sonja in the Queen’s Park. The statue was a gift from the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). The royal family then attended the opening of Queen Sonja Art Stable followed by a picnic in the Queen's Park and a black tie dinner for both the King and Queen hosted by the royal couple themselves at Bygdø Kongsgård in the evening.

NRK1 broadcasted the unveiling of the statue and the opening of the art stable from 12:00 to 14:00 and had a live feed on the net from the arrivals at Bygdøy in the evening. They also sent a documentary where the Queen gave NRK's royal correspondent/reporter Kristi Marie Skrede an exclusive tour through the art stable from 20:00 to 20:30. Live coverage on TV2 News Channel through the day.

Read about the celebrations here:
Statue of the nature-loving Queen - The Royal House of Norway

The Art Stable is open - The Royal House of Norway

Back to the Wedding anniversary: So after this two years with large scale celebrations, then I can understand the King's decision to downplay the celebrations next year. But it will according to NRK's royal correspondent/reporter Kristi Marie Skrede and other experts be marked - how? We don't know yet, but I'm guessing on a service in Oslo Cathedral where they were married in 1968.

There has been some criticism of the decision, as it also was when he chose to celebrate his actual birthday on February 21th privately in South Africa.

Future celebrations in Norway:

King Olav V celebrated his 60th, 70th, 75th, 80th, and 85th birthdays with driving to and from the Storting (the parliament) in a open car, a balcony appearance and a white tie gala dinner at Akershus Castle on July 4th (his actual birthday).

He was also celebrated the day before his milestone birthday with a black tie gala performance at Colosseum for his 70th birthday in 1973, a white tie gala performance at the National Theatre for his 75th birthday in 1978 and a white tie gala performance at the ugly Oslo Konserthus (a very ugly Concert Hall from 1977) for his 80th birthday in 1983.

He was also sometimes celebrated with a service in Oslo Cathedral some days before his birthday.

He celebrated his Silver Jubilee in 1982 with a Jubilee Tour, a service in Oslo Cathedral and a white tie gala performance in the ugly Oslo Konserthus.

He celebrated his 30th anniversary as monarch in 1987 (the same year as the large 50th birthday celebrations for the then CP couple Harald and Sonja) with a black tie dinner at Akershus Castle and a joint matiné (afternoon performance) at the ugly Oslo Konserthus to mark the anniversary and the CP couple's 50th birthdays.

I really wonder why the governments under Olav had so much love for the ugly Oslo Concert Hall. Why couldn't he have been celebrated in the impressive Oslo City Hall (used for King Harald's 70th) or the beautiful University Aula (used for King Harald's silver jubilee).

Since the King and Queen have followed the pattern of King Olav for when they celebrate (although they have celebrated with more events and more foreign guest than King Olav), then I think we will se somthing like this:

The King's 30th anniversary as monarch in 2021 is likely to be marked with several events, but not on the same scale as we saw for the Silver Jubilee. Politicans are already starting to make plans about a statue of the King/Queen and wants it to be unveiled by the royal couple themselves for the anniversary.

The King and Queen's 85th birthdays in 2022 is also likly to be celebrated, but not on the same scale as the 60th, 70th and 80th birthdays. Perhaps a bit more like the 75th birthdays in 2012.

The King and Queen's 90th birthdays is likely to be celebrated with large scale celebrations,
but (unfortunately) I doubt whether the king is still alive in 2027.

The confirmation of Ingrid Alexandra will happen in 2019 and her 18th birthday is in 2022 (the same year as the 85th birthdays of the King and Queen). We don't know if it will be celebrated publicly, but the confirmations and 18th birthdays of Haakon and Märtha was celebrated with white tie gala dinners at the palace.

Read about the Silver Wedding Anniversary, the 60th Birthdays, the 70th Birthdays and the 75th Birthdays of the King/Queen in posts 34/35.
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Back to the Wedding anniversary: So after this two years with large scale celebrations, then I can understand the King's decision to downplay the celebrations next year. But it will according to NRK's royal correspondent/reporter Kristi Marie Skrede and other experts be marked - how? We don't know yet, but I'm guessing on a service in Oslo Cathedral where they were married in 1968.

There has been some criticism of the decision, as it also was when he chose to celebrate his actual birthday on February 21th privately in South Africa.

Future celebrations in Norway:

King Olav V celebrated his 60th, 70th, 75th, 80th, and 85th birthdays with driving to and from the Storting (the parliament) in a open car, a balcony appearance and a white tie gala dinner at Akershus Castle on July 4th (his actual birthday).

He was also celebrated the day befor his milestone birthday with a black tie gala performance at Colosseum for his 70th birthday in 1973, a white tie gala performance at the National Theatre for his 75th birthday in 1978 and a white tie gala performance at the ugly Oslo Konserthus (a very ugly Concert Hall from 1977) for his 80th birthday in 1983.

He was also sometimes celebrated with a service in Oslo Cathedral some days before his birthday.

He celebrated his Silver Jubilee in 1982 with a Jubilee Tour, a service in Oslo Cathedral and a white tie gala performance in the ugly Oslo Konserthus.

He celebrated his 30th anniversary as monarch in 1987 (the same year as the large 50th birthday celebrations for the then CP couple Harald and Sonja) with a black tie dinner at Akershus Castle and a joint matiné (afternoon performance) at the ugly Oslo Konserthus to mark the anniversary and the CP couple's 50th birthdays.

I really wonder why the governments under Olav had so much love for the ugly Oslo Concert Hall. Why couldn't he have been celebrated in the impressive Oslo City Hall (used for King Harald's 70th) or the beautiful University Aula (used for King Harald's silver jubilee).

Since the King and Queen have followed the pattern of King Olav for when they celebrate (although they have celebrated with more events and more foreign guest than King Olav), then I think we will se somthing like this:

The King's 30th anniversary as monarch in 2021 is likely to be marked with several events, but not on the same scale as we so for the Silver Jubilee. Politicans are already starting to make plans about a statue of the King/Queen and wants it to be unveiled by the royal couple themselves for the anniversary.

The King and Queen's 85th birthdays in 2022 is also likly to be celebrated, but not on the same scale as the 60th, 70th and 80th birthdays. Perhaps a bit more like the 75th birthdays in 2012.

The King and Queen's 90th birthdays is likely to be celebrated with large scale celebrations,
but (unfortunately) I doubt whether the king is still alive in 2027.

The confirmation of Ingrid Alexandra will happen in 2019 and her 18th birthday is in 2022 (the same year as the 85th birthdays of the King and Queen). We don't know if it will be celebrated publicly, but the confirmations and 18th birthdays of Haakon and Märtha was celebrated with white tie gala dinners at the palace.

Read about the Silver Wedding Anniversary, the 60th Birthdays, the 70th Birthdays and the 75th Birthdays of the King/Queen in posts 35/35.
I can't enough thank you for the contribution to this (and other threads), your knowledge is truly amazing!

For one, who can't get enough of these milestone celebrations, both the forward-looking and the historical perspective is invaluable. I also understand the King's decision to downplay next year's celebrations. I'm afraid it's not possible to do the extravagance each year. I hope we' see plenty more milestone celebrations, but I guess the health of the King will decide how many.
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And Billed Bladet's coverage of the celebration. Better late than never, eh?

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I can't enough thank you for the contribution to this (and other threads), your knowledge is truly amazing!

For one, who can't get enough of these milestone celebrations, both the forward-looking and the historical perspective is invaluable. I also understand the King's decision to downplay next year's celebrations. I'm afraid it's not possible to do the extravagance each year. I hope we' see plenty more milestone celebrations, but I guess the health of the King will decide how many.
Thanks! And kind of you to write. I think I'm what you can call a royal nerd.

More about the celebrations:

As I wrote in post 566, the so-called experts seems to like the statue of the Queen. There are many articles about it, and I promised to trancelate some of them later, and here are two:
https://www.nrk.no/kultur/dronning-s...ing-1.13588312
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Sculptor Kirsten Kokkin has also made the statue of Crown Princess Märtha, which was unveiled during the 70th birthday of King Harald in 2007. The statue of the Queen weighs five tons, and the stone is taken from Vassfaret.

Art historian and writer Tommy Sørbø think she has succeeded in showing Queen Sonja as the tour-Queen.

"She has managed to catch Queen Sonja in a moment of wonder, where she takes the nature in to her. She looks beyond the nature without staring. And the fine thing is that the sculpture stands at a bench so people can sit with the Queen and get the same experience.
Aftenposten's art expert on the new statue:
https://www.aftenposten.no/kultur/i/...or-verket-godt
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Most artistic representations of royals are, well, far too worthy and rojale. The person easily disappears behind the facade. Kirsten Kokkin has chosen a different angle in her sculpture of Queen Sonja.

With a dreamy expression she sits in mountain clothe on a rock from Vassfaret.

It's almost so I'd like to sit beside her and offer Kvikk Lunsj (A Norwegian tour chocolate) and a cup of cocoa.
As I wrote in the general news thread, I can't translate entire articles anymore due to copyright rules.
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Yes, I'd also like to thank ROYAL NORWAY for their excellent contributions to the Norwegian threads Whilst I may not reply to all of them I do read them and appreciate all the articles and photos they post here - and hopefully for many more years!
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80th Birthday Celebrations of King Harald V and Queen Sonja


That is a remarkable number of garden parties to celebrate King Harald's birthdays, contrary to King Olav's. It represents King Harald's greater inclusiveness, I suppose.
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Queen Sonja statue unveiled by her grandchildren.


I keep on being upset with the behaviour of the Behn girls! They use to act like no one taught them anything of "etiquette" or politeness. Yes, I know, kids are kids bla bla bla, but these girls are not that small anymore. The youngest is worst: Looking straight into TV cameras, making mocking faces (she did so now, she did so at the 25th jubilee church service at the Nidaros Cathedral). When the royal family entered the Palace garden they immediately sat down on the bench before the King and Queen did! And Märtha Louise never talks them off... She always just looks on and smiles...! I´m sure, many on this board will not agree with me. But I find this embarresing to look at. I know it´s not the children´s fault, but the parents have failed here massively! Could you imagine when it comes to the danish, spanish or belgian royal kids? All right, they´re royal which the Behn children are not. But still, their grandparents are a King and a Queen and I think they should have been better taught.
Don´t get me wrong! I LOVE the norwegian royal family. It´s one of my favourites. But these Behn girls (perhaps with the exception of the middle one - Emma ?) I always found quite odd.

Ingrid Alexandras manners seem to be quite perfect in public; but why could NOBODY just tell Sverre Magnus to just put out his hands of his pockets at an official function which was a very special day for his grandmother...?! People these days seem to be almost scared to "traumatize" children by teaching them the simplest of social skills!
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Ingrid Alexandras manners seem to be quite perfect in public; but why could NOBODY just tell Sverre Magnus to just put out his hands of his pockets at an official function which was a very special day for his grandmother...?!!
Honestly, after his scene-stealing antics on the balcony a while back, he may very well have been instructed to keep his hands safely in his pockets!

About all of this, though, you never can tell for sure what's really going on. Have they not been told how to behave, or have they been told and just not taken their parents' instructions seriously or aren't good at remembering every detail in the moment? Especially in the case of the girls who are rarely in these situations and are used to being very casual around their grandparents.

As a parent, when my kids do embarrassing things in public, there are times when I feel I can fix it with a quick word and so I do, but there are times where I'm afraid of causing a bigger scene and so let it go until I'm behind closed doors. For all we know, after the fact there's an awful lot of "didn't you remember that I said you had to wait to sit?" and "I have told you not to make those faces!"
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