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Old 01-30-2017, 07:44 PM
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That's depressing to read that about Olav. And Sonja is such a lovely lady.
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:10 PM
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I think one of the best known stories, told by the current royal couple, was when he once visited Skaugum, Harald and Sonjas former crownprincely residence, and went furious when he observed when furniture has been moved and put somewhere else. He demanded that, in his son´s and daughterin-law´s home, everything had to be redecorated at its usual spot!
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I have many stories that I've heard/read in interviews with King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Märtha Louise, Princess Astrid and former employees at the court who worked for him. I don't have time to write so much about this now, but I can give you 4 points.

1. Photo session at Skaugum:

wartenberg7, Do you speak Norwegian (since you have heard of this story) or have you read about it here on TRF? I think I've written about it here before. This was during a photo session at the end of the 80s with several journalists present (including royal expert Wibecke Lie) who later told in documentaries that they did not dared to report it. The King and Queen have talked about it several times.

2. According to Haakon, Märtha and former court employees, he was directly unkind to Sonja and yelled at her when she took things up with him.

Queen Sonja has herself told about his bad temper, and the fact she didn't got an office at the Palace until long after she had married. The reason? Because she was a woman.

3. Haakon and Märtha has repeatedly told that he was very strict and often yelled at them. He also became angry when Harald played with the children and accused both him and Sonja of bad parenting.

4. Former employees have told he yelled at them for the smallest things, and that he often yelled at the ministers in Statsråd (Council of State). Nor was he pleased when Gro Harlem Brundtland became prime minister in 1981. Why? Because she was a woman.
Thank you very much for answering.

King Olav must not have been pleased with the change in the succession law in 1990.
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That's depressing to read that about Olav. And Sonja is such a lovely lady.
Yes, she is! Queen Sonja received much undeserved criticism in the late 90s and early 2000s, but she has become quite popular now, and is praised by both the press and ordinary people.

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Thank you very much for answering.

King Olav must not have been pleased with the change in the succession law in 1990.
You're very welcome!

We know very little about what he thought about it, but Märtha said this in an interview with tara last year:
Prinsesse Märtha Louise: - Jeg trodde faktisk at jeg var ond, innerst inne | Tara.no
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''I had grown up knowing that it was Haakon who would take over, who would become crown prince. It was really incorporated in me. There was never any desire on my part that I should take over. I remember my grandfather, King Olav V, said that "one can not take a horse out of the race when it's already started." Fortunately, the law was changed to that "for children born after 1990." No retroactive. And I'm glad it was him!''
More about how King Olav behaved:

Märtha writes this in her new controversial book (She was interviewed on television yesterday and talked about it there too)
https://www.nrk.no/kultur/martha-lou...len-1.13344158
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Every time my grandfather, was angry at Haakon then I started to cry because I knew how it was for him. And then he (Olav) was often annoyed and wondered why I was crying.
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How was his relationship with his brother in law King Leopold III.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:34 PM
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Most of what I know about King Olav, is what I've heard/read in interviews with King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Märtha Louise, Princess Astrid and former court employees. They talk about how he was as monarch, father, grandfather and as chief at the palace.

I've also read some interesting books about him, but I cannot recall hearing/reading anything about his relationship with Leopold III.

But I've heard some stories about his relationship with the Queen Mother.

1. He visited her whenever he was in London.

2. She was in Norway during his 80th birthday in 1983.

Haakon, Märtha and Ragnhild/Astrid's children invited NRK (Norway's largest TV channel) to Skaugum in January last year to talk about their grandfather 25 years after he died.

Astrid's daughter said she was called in to be at her grandfather's side when he had tea with the Queen Mother at the palace after she arrived in Norway. It was not fitting (according to Olav) that an elderly man was alone in a room with an elderly lady.
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I think King Leopold III had bad Relationship with the Swedish and Norway Royals when he married Miss Lilian Baels.
For them Princess Lilian should not have worn Queen Astrid jewels which were mostly personal Presents.
The only Royal who was close to them was the late Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte. I saw a Picture of Princess Raghnild with tears at her Funerals
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But I've heard some stories about his relationship with the Queen Mother.

1. He visited her whenever he was in London.

2. She was in Norway during his 80th birthday in 1983.[/QUOTE]



Apparently during her visit they attended a concert and the British press reported that the Norwegians sang God save the Queen in Norwegian to the Queen Mother. Of course, they were actually singing God save our King to King Olav and typical of the British press they got things wrong.
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Apparently during her visit they attended a concert and the British press reported that the Norwegians sang God save the Queen in Norwegian to the Queen Mother. Of course, they were actually singing God save our King to King Olav and typical of the British press they got things wrong.
Thats right. The gala concert took place on July 1 (the day before his birthday) and here it is - video:
https://tv.nrk.no/serie/kongefamilie...983/01-07-1983
King Olav, the Queen Mother, Crown Prince Harald and Crown Princess Sonja arrives at 0:08:30 in the video.
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