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https://www.op.no/nyheter/larvik/her.../s/5-36-428571

Summary from me - with some quotes from the article:

The signatures and inscriptions in Herregårdsbakken are being refurbished. And now, the project manager Knut Hjalmar Gulliksen hopes that the King will add his signature in the mountain.

6 other Kings have done it: Christian V in 1685, Frederik IV in 1704, Christian VI in 1733, Frederik V in 1749, Haakon VII in 1946 and Olav V in 1971.

In 2014 (in connection with the 200th Anniversary of Norway's Constitution), Larvik municipality was in contact with the Palace with a desire to get King Harald to Larvik to put his signature in the mountain, but the attempt did not succeed.

Now Gulliksen and the project group through the county governor have approached the palace again.

"We have approached the palace and are waiting for answers.''

In 2014, the Palace did not give the impression that they were negative to the idea, but there must be a occasion..

Now Gulliksen hopes that the King can visit Larvik in December on the occasion of the opening of the new Farris Bridge, and at the same time also inscribe his inscription in the mountain.
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The Norwegian News Agency - Norsk Telegrambyrå in Norwegian (NTB) accidentally announced that the King was dead. - The king is in good shape, says the palace to NRK, TV2 and VG.

The Norwegian News Agency is the equwalant of The Press Association (PA) in the UK and Associated Press (AP) in the US.

The Norwegian News Agency is the equivalent of The Press Association (PA) in the UK and Associated Press (AP) in the US.

Two of many articles about it - translated quotes from me:
https://www.nrk.no/kultur/norsk-tele...dod-1.13706450
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"Norway is in grief. King Harald V is dead, xx years old. The king died xxxx (day/date) (home/hospital or the like) at xxx.

This is how the message from Norsk Telegrambyrå (NTB) begins. It was sent to all its customers in Norwegian media houses, including NRK.

The unfinished text was sent to NTB subscribers at. 12.06. At 12.09, the news agency sent out a new message that they retracted the nekrologue.
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News editor Ole Kristian Bjellaanes in NTB regrets the error when NRK contacts him.

''Unfortunately, this has happened by mistake. Of course, it was not meant to go out. This is probably due to a technical error, but I cant say anything about what it is due to, at the moment,'' says Bjellaanes, who says they are now working to find the error.

The news editor says he is sorry for the message being sent to NTB's customers.

"It’s a terribly sad situation, and we’re sorry for it. We quickly sent out a correction message, but we are sorry this happened and it is a type of mistake that obviously will not happen again, ''says Bjellaanes.
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Assistant communications manager Svein Gjeruldsen at the Palace confirms to NRK that the King is alive and in good shape.

"I have heard that NTB has sent out a message, and I can confirm that the King is in good shape," said Gjeruldsen in a brief comment.
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Crown Prince Haakon confirms that everything is well with Norway's head of state when NRK mets him at an event in Langesund in Telemark on Tuesday afternoon.

''He king is in good shape. I realized it was quickly corrected, "said the Crown Prince to NRK.
NTB meldte at kongen var død
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''Unfortunately, there was a technical error that sent a message that should not be published, says news editor Ole Kristian Bjellaanes to TV 2. (a bit strange that a technical error can send a message, but thats what the article says)

Does NTB know anything about the King's health that we don't? (TV2 asks)

"No," said the news editor.
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The King is alive

Svein Gjeruldsen, Assistant Communications Manager at the Palace, confirms that King Harald is alive. He was familiar with the NTB error when TV 2 contacted.

"There is nothing wrong with the King's health. He is in good shape,'' says Gjeruldsen.
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When CEO and editor Mads Yngve Storvik in NTB visited TV 2 News Channel, he was able to tell that everyone on the desk in NTB did what they could to minimize the damage.

"We can only help but regret, especially to King Harald," says Storvik.

The necrologue was made in advance so it will come out quickly when King Harald actually dies. When someone in NTB was updating it, it was mistakenly published.

NTB will now go through its systems so that this does not happen again.
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A scandal

TV 2's royal expert Kjell Arne Totland calls it a scandal - which is incredibly embarrasing for NTB.

"This is something that should not happen - and at least not at NTB, which serves all the media in Norway. And it went on for four minutes before the news was withdrawn.''he says, adding: To my knowledge, this is the first time this has happened to a member of the royal family in Norway. But we have seen examples of the same abroad - in the UK.
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I'd say that all the missing details (xxx) would be a very clear indication that it was sent out by accident.
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Agree! And I think nobody doubted this was an error.

The same happened to Prince Philip in a Telegraph article earlier this year. But this is the Norwegian News Agency, and the error (who is all over the news here) is therefore more serious.

And bear in mind, the King is also a bit frail: He has trouble walking, breathes heavily when going in stairs and has seemed a bit tired in the past year.

So people is worried about him, and this error made some journalists wonder, does NTB know anything about the King's health that we don't? (which was what TV2 asked).

Is it more to it? No, I don't think so.

It was just as NTB said, the necrologue was made in advance so it will come out quickly when the King actually dies. When someone in NTB was updating it, it was mistakenly published.
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The Queen cancels her two engagements tomorrow due to back pain.

She will be replaced by the Crown Princess at the opening of "The Queen's yes" - an exhibition highlighting the role of the Queen in the Middle Ages, Erkebispegården, Trondheim.

The King (without the Queen) and the CP couple will later attend the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Nidaros Cathedral. NRK1 sends the service live from 19:30 to 20:55.

Sven G. Gjeruldsen, Assistant Communications Manager at the Royal Court says to Dagbladet that there is no reason for panic.
https://www.dagbladet.no/kjendis/kro...sonja/68836647
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NTB article for Nettavisen and other media outlets with google translation and some quotes translated by me:
Rolig 81-årsdag for kong Harald - translation
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After last year's large-scale celebrations of the King and Queen's 80th birthdays, the monarch will play it down on Wednesday.

The King turns 81 during the winter holidays for Oslo (it varies from county to county), a week without official engagements for the royal family.

"The day will be celebrated privately," says Sven Gjeruldsen, Deputy Communications Manager at the court, to NTB. He don't want to say what the royals will be doing during the holidays.
HM always celebrates his non-milestone birthdays in private, so not sure about the point of this article.
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King Harald and Queen Sonja spend their holidays in Uruguay and the area of Jose Ignacio as the guests of Norwegian billionaire businessman Alexander Vik.

https://www.elpais.com.uy/informacio...e-ignacio.html
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Is Alexander Vik a close friend of the King and Queen? Royal Norway has mentioned criticism received by members of the Royal House for having wealthy friends or accepting gifts from them.
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No, he's not. Alexander Vik (born 1955) and his billionaire 90-year-old father Erik Martin Vik are both quite controversial here and have never seemed to have any close relationship with the royal family. - But it is not uncommon for the court to contact wealthy people to ask them if they can put their property at the disposal for the King and Queen (the same has happened when the prime minister has been on vacation, with her/his office contacting rich people to ask them if they can put their property at the disposal).

Friends of the King and Queen:
Most of them are ordinary people who are childhood friends or former employees at the court such as the 67-year-old Berit Tversland (Haakon and Märtha's nanny and later cabinet secretary to the King 2000–2012). - They are also close to QMII.

People they are friendly with (not close friends):

Many people whom the Queen has met in her work with art and culture. - Here's some of them:

Magne Furuholmen (born 1962): Norwegian musician and visual artist, keyboardist of the synthpop/rock band A-ha. - Attended the 80th birthday gala dinner at the palace on May 9th, 2017.

Christen Sveaas (born 1956): Norwegian businessman, art collector and yes, billionaire in Norwegian kroner. - Attended the 80th birthday gala dinner at the palace on May 9th, 2017.

Christian Ringnes (born 1954): Norwegian businessman, art collector and yes, billionaire in Norwegian kroner. - Attended the 80th birthday gala dinner at the palace on May 9th, 2017.

Stein Erik Hagen (born 1956): Norwegian businessman, art collector and yes, billionaire in Norwegian kroner. He was not invited (or didn't accept the invitation) to the 80th birthday gala dinner at the palace on May 9th, 2017. - Why?
A quote from post 117 in the ''Norway: Republic or monarchy?'' thread:
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But it was not just the renovation that made 1998 a terrible year. The famous horse scandal also created headlines.

The King gave the wealthy businessman Stein Erik Hagen permission to buy a horse (to 8.1 million Norwegian kroner) to Märtha. When the king later the same year opened a seminar at a newly opened shopping center in the Latvian capital Riga, which Hagen owned a large part of, he (the king) was heavily criticized in the media.

They meant that the King only opened the seminar in Riga to give thanks to Stein Erik Hagen for the gift (the horse).

This also proved to be false, and the king later said (in an interview) that it's not him who decides what things he opens or not.
After this, he has not wanted to be seen in public with Their Majesties or other members of the NRF (although he has met Haakon and MM at the World Economic Forum in Davos). - Why? Because (in his own words) he don't want to harm the Monarchy.

Friends of the CP couple:
They are close friends with a bunch of wealthy people, but so are Charles/Camilla, the Cambridges, Harry, QMII, KCG/QSilvia, Frederik/Mary and Victoria/Daniel.
The difference is that they are never criticized for it in the British, Danish and Swedish (in contrast to Haakon/MM in the Norwegian media). - To those who have not visited the ''Republic or monarchy?'' thread, read about it in this post:
Norway: Republic or monarchy?

More about the King's birthday tomorrow:

Articles from Norway Today and Royal Central:

Quiet 81th anniversary of King Harald - Norway Today
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The Norwegian royal house always shields private holidays and anniversaries, but in recent years the markings of the Constitution’s 200th anniversary, the 25th anniversary of the royal couple on the throne followed by their 80th birthdays have been duly celebrated. During the Christmas program “The Royal Family 2017” on NRK, the king said he feels that the celebrations in 2018 will be sharply reduced. Even their Golden Wedding Anniversary, on August 29, will be toned down.

“It’s going to be a family anniversary, I think. Norwegian family anniversary, the king said, and received support from Queen Sonja.

“Enough is enough,” he said.
It was the Queen who said that, not the King.

King Harald could have become King at the age of three – Royal Central
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On Wednesday, King Harald of Norway turns 81-years-old. There will be no big celebration like last year, but a private celebration with friends and the closest family. On the occasion of the King of Norway’s birthday, we will look at the not so well known history of His Majesty.

King Harald was only a prince and three-years-old when the Germans invaded Norway during World War II. King Harald’s grandfather, Haakon VII, refused to accept the Germans and urged Norwegians to fight. The King’s refusal of the Germans resulted was unexpected, and even the civilian population resisted the Germans. While King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav fought against the Germans in Norway, Crown Princess Märtha travelled with their children to Sweden in 1940.
Read more to see what Oskar Aanmoen means with ''the not so well known history of His Majesty'' (a history that, IMO, is very well known here).
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The King is 81 today:

Tweets from Oskar Aanmoen (Europe correspondent for Royal Central, he is from Norway BTW):

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King Harald will mark his birthday privately with family and friends. He is likely on vacation, something he usually is on his birthday. #King Harald's popularity has never been higher than it is now, says Norwegian media.
https://twitter.com/OAanmoen/status/966203435321364480

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King Harald is today 81 years old. He is Norway's most popular monarch in history. Here are some pictures I've taken of him in the last year. Long live the #King!
https://twitter.com/OAanmoen/status/966202239994998786

Well, ''Norway's most popular monarch in history'' is a strong thing to say, but I agree (at least when it comes to the history with our own independent monarchy - established in 1905).

Royal Central article:
Happy Birthday King Harald! – Royal Central
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His Majesty King Harald of Norway is 81-years-old today. To mark the King’s birthday, a 21-gun salute was fired today at noon from the cannons at Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Many people had turned up to watch the tribute in honour of the King. It is tradition in Norway to have a gun salute from 11 fortresses in Norway for the birthdays of King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

King Harald was the first King of Norway born on Norwegian soil in 567 years. He was born at the Skaugum Estate on 21 February 1937 and is the son of King Olav of Norway and his wife Märtha, who was Crown Princess of Norway and was born a Princess of Sweden.
NTB article for NRK, VG and other media outlets with google translation and some quotes translated by me:
Kongebiograf: – Kong Harald blir mer populær jo eldre han blir - NRK - translation
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Wednesday, King Harald turns 81. It will be celebrated privately and probably on a winter holiday. The folksyness, closeness and infectious laughter are just some of the things that have made him very popular, and the royal biographer Tor Bomann-Larsen thinks the popularity is increasing.

''In general, the older the king is, the more popular he becomes. As such, there is no downside for a king to grow old. The longer a King or Queen sits (he means on the throne), the more it demonstrates the sense of duty towards people and his position. This is something people know to appreciate. The position of King Harald will only become stronger. Even with a holiday and some time for himself, nobody is in any doubt about who is king in this country," says Bomann-Larsen to NTB.
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King Harald has also given the term "people's king" a new dimension: Jordnærhet (down to earth in english), importantly the word: nær (means close in Norwegian). Especially some of his speeches in recent years have been praised for being inclusive and touching. After the July 22th tragedy, he cried with the people, he travels to the areas when disasters strike (in Norway), he laughs at himself and seems unsnobbish.
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Bomann-Larsen believes King Harald has many good years in front of him as a king, and an active one.

''His grandfather, King Haakon VII, set the standard when he said that "a king is either dead or alive", There is no alternative to retreat, even if he had to do it after he broke his hip, and King Olav suffered a stroke the year before he died.

But King Harald stands out by having had a serious illness, but he came back''.
Tor Bomann-Larsen is a very serious guy. - Read about him here:
Tor Bomann-Larsen - Wikipedia
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The Brage Pize was awarded for Bomann-Larsens second volume of his biographie of King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway. After seven volumes, the latest published in 2016, the time period covers more than 70 years, from the birth of royal princess Maud of Wales in 1869 until the relationship between The US president Franklin D Roosevelt and Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha during World War II.
I'm currently reading the 7th volume now (not easy to find the time, but a very interesting read).

I agree with him that here in Norway, ''the older the king is, the more popular he becomes'' (that also happened with Haakon VII and Olav V).
And as a journalist said it some years ago (I think it was the king's biographer Per Egil Hegge): In Norway you must have some gray hair on your head to be a popular monarch.
But as other commentators here says, the King is popular due to his personality, not just his age.

TV2 article with photos of HM - google translation and some quotes translated by me:
Kong Harald fyller 81 år - TV2 - translation
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In early November, King Harald visited some of the areas in southern Norway that were hit by flooding in October.

Many houses were underwater and roads were washed away in what was one of the worst floods in southern Norway.

Just a few days later, the king traveled to the official reception ceremony at the Ørland Air Station in connection with Norway's purchase of 52 F-35Fighters.
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November became a tough month for His Majesty. At the end of the month, it was known that King Harald was admitted to the Rikshospitalet in Oslo due to an infection.

But not many days after, the royal house could announce that His Majesty King was in good shape and discharged from the hospital again.

The court did not want to disclose what kind of infection the king was affected by.

However, he proved to be in good shape when he held this year's New Year's speech, where bullying and mental health were key themes.
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August 29 this year, it's the time for another celebration. Then the royal couple has been married for 50 years - and can celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

King Harald and Queen Sonja, however, have decided that there has been enough with magnificent official celebration with them in the center for a while, and have just decided to have a more dimmed celebration with the family.

"But the day will not go completely unnoticed. Newspapers and magazines will probably be full of stuff about the popular golden wedding anniversary couple'', says royal expert Kjell Arne Totland.
STORT TILLYKKE: Norges populære kong Harald fylder 81 år
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King Harald is more popular than ever in his native country. Wednesday, the charismatic and folksy monarch turns 81.

According to the Norwegian VG (newspaper) King Harald is more popular than ever among his countrymen.

Shortly before Christmas, the love of the people was once again emphasized when King Harald received the award ''the year's name'' by the newspaper.

From me: Yes, beloved is a strong word (and I only uses it about 3 public persons in this world), but he is.
And as Kjell Arne Totland said last year, I don't think that word is strong enough to describe him (perhaps extremely beloved is more fitting).

Two videos from today:

VG video: Latterkongen har bursdag

Dagbladet video:

BTW: The messages is pouring in to him on facebook.
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Many thanks for the articles and translated quotes.

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No, he's not. Alexander Vik (born 1955) and his billionaire 90-year-old father Erik Martin Vik are both quite controversial here and have never seemed to have any close relationship with the royal family. - But it is not uncommon for the court to contact wealthy people to ask them if they can put their property at the disposal for the King and Queen (the same has happened when the prime minister has been on vacation, with her/his office contacting rich people to ask them if they can put their property at the disposal).

Friends of the King and Queen:
Most of them are ordinary people who are childhood friends or former employees at the court such as the 67-year-old Berit Tversland (Haakon and Märtha's nanny and later cabinet secretary to the King 2000–2012). - They are also close to QMII.

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I have the greatest respect for the Norwegian monarchy's populism and unpretentiousness, specially King Harald's. Would any other royal monarch be able to sincerely maintain that most of their friends are ordinary people, including former employees?

It is a little surprising to learn that the royal court and the prime minister's office ask private citizens (with whom they do not have a close relationship) to lodge the royals or the prime minister for the purpose of private vacations. As I'm sure it would be difficult to rebuff the king or the prime minister, it seems to be a use of their privilege and power.

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NTB article for NRK, VG and other media outlets with google translation and some quotes translated by me:
Kongebiograf: – Kong Harald blir mer populær jo eldre han blir - NRK - translation

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Wednesday, King Harald turns 81. It will be celebrated privately and probably on a winter holiday. The folksyness, closeness and infectious laughter are just some of the things that have made him very popular, and the royal biographer Tor Bomann-Larsen thinks the popularity is increasing.

''In general, the older the king is, the more popular he becomes. As such, there is no downside for a king to grow old. The longer a King or Queen sits (he means on the throne), the more it demonstrates the sense of duty towards people and his position. This is something people know to appreciate. The position of King Harald will only become stronger. Even with a holiday and some time for himself, nobody is in any doubt about who is king in this country," says Bomann-Larsen to NTB.
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King Harald has also given the term "people's king" a new dimension: Jordnærhet (down to earth in english), importantly the word: nær (means close in Norwegian). Especially some of his speeches in recent years have been praised for being inclusive and touching. After the July 22th tragedy, he cried with the people, he travels to the areas when disasters strike (in Norway), he laughs at himself and seems unsnobbish.
Quote:
Bomann-Larsen believes King Harald has many good years in front of him as a king, and an active one.

''His grandfather, King Haakon VII, set the standard when he said that "a king is either dead or alive", There is no alternative to retreat, even if he had to do it after he broke his hip, and King Olav suffered a stroke the year before he died.

But King Harald stands out by having had a serious illness, but he came back''.
[...]

I also agree with him that here in Norway, ''the older the king is, the more popular he becomes'' (that also happened with Haakon VII and Olav V).
And as a journalist said it some years ago (I think it was the king's biographer Per Egil Hegge): In Norway you must have some gray hair on your head to be a popular monarch.
But as other commentators here says, the King is popular due to his personality, not just his age.

[...]

BTW: The messages is pouring in to him on facebook.
It slips from my memory that King Harald is in his eighties, for the very reason that he is wonderfully active and promptly returned to work upon his discharge from the hospital. It is delightful to hear that he has, justly, become more popular with age.
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Many thanks for the articles and translated quotes.

I have the greatest respect for the Norwegian monarchy's populism and unpretentiousness, specially King Harald's. Would any other royal monarch be able to sincerely maintain that most of their friends are ordinary people, including former employees?
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Agree! But that is also the case with the CP couple.
Yes, I know that I often whines about them hanging out with wealthy people, but many of their friends are (as those of the regent couple) ordinary people.
MM has also retained some of the friendships she had from before the wedding with Haakon.


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It is a little surprising to learn that the royal court and the prime minister's office ask private citizens (with whom they do not have a close relationship) to lodge the royals or the prime minister for the purpose of private vacations. As I'm sure it would be difficult to rebuff the king or the prime minister, it seems to be a use of their privilege and power.
That has happened for the CP couple (even for princess Astrid) as well. It was also done for King Olav.

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BTW, I forgot to mention (in the post about royal friends) that the King and Queen is also friends with lensgreve (feudal count) Preben Ahlefeldt-Laurvig and his Norwegian born wife lensgrevinde (feudal countess) Brita Ahlefeldt-Laurvig (Danish nobility). - They attended the 80th birthday celebrations in May 2017.
The Ahlefeldt-Laurvigs are also friends with QMII.
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Many thanks for the articles and translated quotes.



I have the greatest respect for the Norwegian monarchy's populism and unpretentiousness, specially King Harald's. Would any other royal monarch be able to sincerely maintain that most of their friends are ordinary people, including former employees?

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Heu... does that not count to all royals these days, in all monarchies, that they maintaon long-lasting frienddhips with ordinary people? Just look to their partners. The time that they only mingled with aristocracy and high society is in the far past.
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Definitely it appears to all European monarchies.
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