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A part of the article translated by me:
https://www.nrk.no/ho/dronningen-for...sen-1.13666316
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''It is a great honor to get this prize and to be in the company of so many wonderful men, all of whom have done great achievements.'' That's what an extra proud Queen Sonja said, when she today as the first woman received the Trysil Knut Prize. Norway's first lady is the 10th winner. The prize was awarded by county governor Sigbjørn Johnsen, chairman of the prize committee.

The reason for giving the award to Queen Sonja is her patience and discretion in the time before she got married to then Crown Prince Harald and her impact on the modernization of the Norwegian monarchy. In addition, she gets the prize for how she has done her royal duties as Queen and her work effort to promote Norway.

The prize committee also states that she's a sporty Queen, who is still active and much out in the nature.
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A part of the article translated by me:
https://www.nrk.no/ho/dronningen-for...sen-1.13666316

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''It is a great honor to get this prize and to be in the company of so many wonderful men, all of whom have done great achievements.'' That's what an extra proud Queen Sonja said, when she today as the first woman received the Trysil Knut Prize. Norway's first lady is the 10th winner. The prize was awarded by county governor Sigbjørn Johnsen, chairman of the prize committee.

The reason for giving the award to Queen Sonja is her patience and discretion in the time before she got married to then Crown Prince Harald and her impact on the modernization of the Norwegian monarchy. In addition, she gets the prize for how she has done her royal duties as Queen and her work effort to promote Norway.

The prize committee also states that she's a sporty Queen, who is still active and much out in the nature.
Royal Norway, could you recommend any more articles as regards the issue of Queen Sonja's (and King Harald's) modernization of the monarchy?

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The King's visit to the US came as a big surprise to the media, and the palace has not provided any information with the exception of a brief comment to NTB on August 18th.
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"The King will visit the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Norfolk by invitation," says the palace's Deputy Communications Manager Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen to NTB. The visit to the state of Virginia takes place on Wednesday, August 23th.

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Other details of the visit have not been announced, [...]
I wonder by whom the invitation was issued and about the reason for the discretion.
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Royal Norway, could you recommend any more articles as regards the issue of Queen Sonja's (and King Harald's) modernization of the monarchy?
I've posted and translated many articles in the 80th birthday thread and wrote about it in my three post about the monarchy's popularity in posts 116,117 and 118 in the ''Republic Monarchy'' thread.

And as you know, I can't translate entire articles anymore due to forums rules, but I can of course send you a PM with Norwegian articles? And you can use, yes, the very poor internet translations, but some of it will be readable.

Here's a brief explanation from me: The King and Queen took over from an old-fashioned, strict, difficult and authoritarian monarch and spent many years modernizing the monarchy. King Harald has chosen an more open line in terms of speeches, the court's economy, media management and employments of female staffers in the court etc.

And here's an article from NTB translated by Norway Today about Queen Sonja and how she has formed her role as Queen Consort, written on the occasion of her 80th birthday:
http://norwaytoday.info/news/norway-...s-queen-sonja/


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I wonder by whom the invitation was issued and about the reason for the discretion.
The invitation for the visit to NATO’s headquarters in Norfolk was issued by NATO while the invitation for the vist to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Tampa was issued by the United States Armed Forces. Both invitations were of course issued in cooperation with the Norwegian government.

The official visit was first made public 5 days before the visit, according to the Royal Court because the program for the trip had not been completed before.

The coverage: We only got a video from NATO and some pictures from the the palace because the court didn't had any time to plan for a media-accreditation plan, so therefore, no journalists were allowed to follow the king on his 3 engagements in the US.
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Thank you! And yes, I have read your very astute posts and have become interested in learning more regarding the King and Queen's reforms.
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Queen Sonja presented the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant 2017 at the Queen Sonja Art Stable this evening, September 5:


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The Queen also attended the board meeting of the Queen Sonja Print Award yesterday.

In other news: TV2 broadcasted (on september 3th) one of four special made episodes of "Gutta på tur" (travel-TV show) at 20:00. And (as announced in June) the Queen was their guest in the first episode.

See some of the The Mountain Queen's private pictures and a video from the journey to Hardanger, which was recorded this year, in this article:
Her er dronningens private bilder fra «Gutta på tur»

Some twitter messiages from (the Norwagian Europe Correspondent for Royal Central) Oskar Aanmoen:

Oskar Aanmoen @OAanmoen
Norwegian TV2 broadcasts tonight a travel program with #Queen Sonja in #Hardanger - "Gutta på tur"
https://twitter.com/OAanmoen/status/904224799853072385

Oskar Aanmoen @OAanmoen
Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway - The Mountain Queen
https://twitter.com/OAanmoen/status/904225577535766529

Her popularity has went through the roof here since her 80th birthday, and there have been 3 or 4 programmes about her on NRK1 alone after the celebrations in July.

About Gutta på tur: Roughly translates as "The Boys on a Trip" was a Norwegian travel-TV show starring Arne Hjeltnes (writer, television personality and politician), Arne Brimi (famous chef), and professional cross-country skiers Vegard Ulvang and Bjørn Dæhlie. TV2 broadcasted the successful show from 1995 to 2002.

They also broadcasted a comeback program in December 2010, where they were on a fishing trip with the King in the Vefsna-waterway in Nordland.


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Thank you! And yes, I have read your very astute posts and have become interested in learning more regarding the King and Queen's reforms.
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She is just so amazingly fit this amazing Queen Consort of ours - see the TV2 article for pictures and video in my above post from earlier today about the ''Gutta på tur'' stuff (travel-TV show).

Quotes from the TV2 article - translated by me:
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On Sunday, finally, "Gutta på tur" were back on the TV screens after many years absence.

Arne Hjeltnes, Arne Brimi, Vegard Ulvang and Bjørn Dæhlie had with them a very special guest in the fall season.

Queen Sonja herself.

"When it become clear that we were going to make a new series of "Gutta på tur" we obviously had a wish list of guests. At the top of it was Queen Sonja,'' Arne Hjeltnes has previously stated to TV 2.

And the desire were fulfilled.

"There are few in the country who can match her touristic interests and merits. The Queen has been everywhere in our country,'' says Hjeltnes.
Quotes from a VG article - translated by me:
Arne Brimi stolt av dronning Sonjas blinkskudd - Kongehuset - VG
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Queen Sonja's (80) private pictures from "Gutta på tur" shows how nice we had it," says chef Arne Brimi (59).

After several years of break, the TV success from the 2000s was back on Sunday evening.

The first guest was Queen Sonja.

"After 25 years, I think it was time they invited a woman," says Queen Sonja to VG.

"I think it was nice to join and showcase one of Norway's most beautiful mountain areas.''

''To spend three days with queen Sonja was very sad. We have a phenomenal Queen. Imagine she's 80,'' says Arne Brimi to VG.

He and the Queen spent a lot of time together during the recording, and shared many stories and opinions about food.

"She is very knowledgeable and interested. I'm so glad we have a Queen who is engaged in food," says Brimi.
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King Harald attended the 450th anniversary celebrations of Fredrikstad today, September 8:


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King Harald attended this morning at the ceremony of Herborg Oline Finnset, to the new bishop of Nidaros

https://www.instagram.com/p/BY2wYqdB...norskekongehus

http://www.kongehuset.no/nyhet.html?...7718&sek=26939
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Thanks Eya for the info as KH is my favorite king, he always has such a great smile and attitude when he is out working and among the people. I think the people of Norway are darn lucky to have him as their king as he seems so warm hearted and friendly among them. I have always liked this man for many decades now........his presence really seals his loving nature for all to see.
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In addition to the 80th birthday thing in the Storting and the luncheon he hosted (along with the Queen) for the Princess Märtha Louise’s Fund, the King had 4 audiences today.

In other news: The King will attend the official opening of the wave-power station at Fosnavåg in Møre og Romsdal county on Thursday - here's the program:

https://www.nrk.no/mr/slik-er-progra...ket-1.13694218
12.50: The King arrives at Valderøy dock where he will go onboard in the rescue boat Idar Ulstein. There, the King will be received by the Rescue Company, Waves4Power and BlueOrbis. The King will visit Waves4Power wave power station on the trip to Fosnavåg.

14.30: The King arrives at Fosnavåg on the dock with the Thon Hotel. There he is received by, among other, acting mayor in Herøy, Camilla Storøy. Magda Sævik (6 years) will give flowers to the King.

15.30: Program in the conference hall at the hotel. Here the King will hear more about the wave power station. In addition, he will hear more about Runde Environment Center, Olympic Shipping and Bellona.

16.45: The King will walk to the Maritime simulation center in the hotel. Here there will be information and testing of the simulator.

17.30: Arrival in the city center. Here the King will hear the Herøyspel-choir.

18.40: Completion.

19.00: Dinner for invited guests in the hotel's conference hall.

19.55: Completion of the visit.
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His Majesty The King attended the official opening of the wave-power station at Fosnavåg, Møre og Romsdal county today, and people braved the weather to see him - see the program in my above post:

Article from NRK with pictures - some quotes translated by me:
https://www.nrk.no/mr/kongen-har-ank...ket-1.13699804
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Many had met up to meet King Harald with Norwegian flag and bunad.

Just after 13 o'clock, His Majesty the King arrived at Valderøy dock. There were many excited children waiting to get a little glimpse of the King.

The King arrived a bit after schedule and waved to people before embarking on the rescue boat Idar Ulstein.

There he was welcomed on board by shipman Tom Kausanrød who transported the King and to Fosnavåg via the wave power station Waves4Power.

At 14.30 His Majesty arrived at Fosnavåg. The entire 1st grade from Moltu school was in place with Norwegian flag.
Video and pictures from Herøy municipality's facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/10356731634...4558115913350/
https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...64&oe=5A599C3C
https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...6b&oe=5A4FED54

Pictures from Redningsselskapet's facebook page:
https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...47&oe=5A4A8E41
https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...82&oe=5A51AA6F
https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...32&oe=5A58AC99

TV2 followed the visit live.

Her Majesty The Queen visited United World College in Fjaler, Sogn og Fjordane county today:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZTquqKl...norskekongehus
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZTv6IvF...norskekongehus
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Queen Sonja attended the 800th anniversary of Romnes Church, the 150th anniversary of Holla Church and the 800th anniversary of the Holla church ruins today, September 24:


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Article - some quotes translated by me:
https://www.moss-avis.no/nyheter/mos.../s/5-67-499117
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Eva Jensen from Moss (city in Norway) is invited to Afternoon Tea at the Royal Palace with King Harald and Queen Sonja.

She's the head of Moss Dementia Association and is invited to the Palace for her longstanding and impressive efforts as an volunteer for people with dementia and their relatives.

"It was completely unexpected to get an invitation from the palace and it feels a bit odd. But it's not just me alone who is invited there. We are many volunteers from all over Norway who have received this invitation, "Jensen says modestly to Moss Avis (paper).
It's going to take place on October 17th.

The article goes on to write that the King on the royal house website (Kongehuset.no) says that he and the Queen often meet older people who make a great volunteer effort for their communities.

"This is of invaluable value for society, but also for the individual who gives themself and their time this way," the King says.
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Queen Sonja opens today the exhibition "Large Formats - Clever Hands: A Presentation of Tommerup Ceramic Weather Works For Thirty Years" at CLAY Ceramics Museum, Denmark.


"Store formater – kloge hænder” - kongehuset.no
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Article from NTB for Adresseavisen and other papers - with some quotes trancelated by me.
Dronning Sonja med egen kunst på dansk keramikkutstilling -adressa.no
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'' The exhibition is an exciting walk through 30 years of history. It's a story about the uncompromising struggle for art - and for the pottery's place in the world of art. It's a time frame and a reminder of all that ceramic art can be, "said Queen Sonja in her opening speech.

Queen Sonja has had the pleasure of working at Tommerup, and one of her ceramic works is part of the exhibition.

"I also feel deeply grateful for the fact that on several occasions I have been fortunate enough to create somthing here with you - and so on, have taken part in a small part of your journey," said the queen.
More photos:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc4291d1
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc4293b0

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The King and Queen received the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid in a audience, followed by a luncheon today:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc4c35f2
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc4c35d3
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Queen Sonja does look wonderful - can she really be 80 years old?!
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King Harald visited the municipalities of Enebakk and Rælingen​ today, October 24:


** rb.no: Kongen besøker Romerike! **


** kongehuset.no: Kongen besøkte Rælingen og Enebakk ** translation **
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Queen Sonja does look wonderful - can she really be 80 years old?!
Yes, she looks amazing.


More on the King's visits to the municipalities of Enebakk and Rælingen​ today:

Romerikes Blad (local newspaper) has several articles/videos about the visit, but I don't have a subscription to view them.

Photos from NTB Scanpix:

At Løvenstad school:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50b7bd
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50b79f
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50b9ab
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c3dd
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50bab7
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c3dc
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c442
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c45e
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c47a
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c495
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c563
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c5c5
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c5c9
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c5c0
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50c5d3

At Flateby kindergarten:
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50d87c
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50d8a5
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50d856
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50d854
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50d8a5
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50dad2
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50d6b4
https://scanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/tc50d7a4

QEII is the cutest female head of state, while King Harald is by far the most cutest male head of state, with the Irish president on second place.

In other news: A new biography about Norway's amazing king was released on Friday - I will make a post about it in the 80th birthday thread later today or tomorrow.
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