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Old 08-11-2003, 11:40 AM
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The King and Queen will go to Brazil for a state visit 7 - 11 October 2003.
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Old 08-15-2003, 03:10 PM
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Queen Sonja has had her regrets

Norway's Queen Sonja admits that from time to time she regrets the decision she took in 1968 when she made the transition from commoner to queen. The queen has given a heartfelt interview to a new book.



Queen Sonja has taken crown princess Mette-Marit under her wing, and wants her to have the benefit of her experience. Here they attend the wedding of princess Märtha Louise in Trondheim.

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"Of course there have been periods in my life when I thought the task was very difficult. There have been moments when I regretted the path I chose in life. When adversity comes one wishes one had chosen differently - but that is how it is for everyone," Queen Sonja said.
"Norway's first ladies" - Norges førstedamer was written by Anne Grosvold and Anne Torjusson Diesen, and the authors have landed an unusually honest royal interview.

The queen remembers vividly the national debate on the future of the monarchy her own engagement ignited, and has vowed to herself to do all she can to prevent new crown princess Mette-Marit from sharing her ordeal.

Queen Sonja thought that she had put the worst memories of her past behind her, but found them all rushing to the surface when her son crown prince Haakon also made a controversial choice of bride.

"It was strange - and painful - to experience how the past caught up with me when crown prince Haakon got engaged. It all came back: the insecurity, the long waiting period, the adjustment to a new existence as crown princess," the queen said.

"No one has any good of being subjected to such pressure for such long periods of time. I think that one suffers from it for the rest of one's life and that is why it was imperative for me that Haakon and Mette-Marit should not go through anything like it."

In June 1959 Sonja Haraldsen met then crown prince Harald for the first time but eight years would elapse before the king would meet his coming daughter-in-law. The reason - he did not, on principle, wish to be influenced by having a personal relationship to Sonja.

Things went much, much faster for Sonja's son and fiancée, one reason being concern for Mette-Marit's little son Marius. Now the queen vows to help her daughter-in-law avoid making the mistakes she made herself.

"But it is important not let yourself be broken by irrelevancies, rumors or lies," the queen advises.
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Old 08-30-2003, 12:18 PM
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there will be a state visit from Poland 16 - 18 September

and then a state visit to Brazil 1 - 11 October

we can hope for many pictures
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Drømmer om fjellgård
Av STIG TORE LAUGEN og ROLF JARLE ØDEGAARD (foto)

GEIRANGER (VG) Dronning Sonja får ikke med seg Kongen på fottur, men har en drøm om å bo på en liten fjellgård. Nå foreslår hun å betale bøndene for å ta vare på naturen.
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Old 09-14-2003, 11:34 PM
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H.M. Dronning Sonja var til stede ved den offisielle åpningen av Høstustillingen i Kunstnernes Hus i Oslo, lørdag 6. september. Kunstneren Jan Christensen som er representert på utstillingen. Foto: Scanpix
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Originally posted by Mandy@Sep 11th, 2003 - 11:08 pm
***EXCLUSIVE*** Oslo, 6.9.2003: Saturday, the whole Royal Family, apart from Crown Princess Mette-Marit, was gathered at a family wedding in Oslo. Queen Sonjas niese, Marianne Haraldsen got married to Torgeir Kjos Sörensen. Marianne Haraldsen is the daughter of Queen Sonjas brother Haakon Haraldsen. Queen Sonja and King Harald Photo: Espen Solli / Se og Hör / All Over Press Norway
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Mandy (or anyone else) are there pictures of Marianne Haraldsen? I would love to see what her dress was like, her flowers, etc.
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its makes me embrassment pictures! man get restroom behind by King! you dont look it! :o :woot:

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From the Scandinavian Royals Message board, Queen Sonja recently went on a private visit to Denmark. Queen Margrethe took Queen Sonja to Odense to show her her art exhib to her art-loving friend.

"The two of them (and their entourage) came within regular visiting hours - much to the surprise of other visitors."
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Old 10-02-2003, 07:48 PM
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King Harald and Queen Sonja on their way to the formal opening of Norway's parliament (Storting) on Thursday.

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Great pictures Lyonnaise! Thanks for keeping everybody up to date on Norwegian royal happenings and other events here at LTR.
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Kongelig familielunsj på Brasils solkyst

Kong Harald og dronning Sonja var i strålende humør da de møtte sin norsk-brasilianske familie til lunsj i den lille byen Buzios lørdag ettermiddag.

Om de var slitne etter den lange flyreisen fra Norge natten før, viste de det i hvert fall ikke utad.

Kongeparet innleder Brasil-besøket med et par dagers ferie i Buzios, som ligger noen hundre kilometer nordøst for Rio de Janeiro. Her skal de oppholde seg i avslappende omgivelser før de innleder statsbesøket i hovedstaden Brasilia tirsdag.

Ideen til et opphold på det idylliske hotellet Casas Brancas i Buzios har kongeparet kanskje fått fra kronprins Haakon og kronprinsesse Mette-Marit som ferierte her i påsken i fjor.

Prinsesse Ragnhild og Erling Lorentzen møtte kongeparet på flyplassen i Rio lørdag morgen. Senere på dagen sluttet Lorentzens to eldste barn med familier seg til følget i Buzios, der de hadde en hyggelig familielunsj sammen.

Familien Lorentzen vil delta i flere av programpostene i løpet av det nesten ukelange statsbesøket.

Sjarmerende by

Buzios var opprinnelig en enkel fiskerlandsby i praktfulle omgivelser, men så kom Brigitte Bardot - med fotografer i hælene - i 1964, og dermed var byen med ett verdensberømt.

Deretter er det gått slag i slag, og de siste årene har turismen blomstret - uten at det har gått negativt utover byens sjarm. Buzios er blitt et populært weekend- og feriested for en del av Rios innbyggere, og også fra resten av verden strømmer turistene til den sjarmerende byen på Brasils solkyst.

Praktfull utsikt

Fra sine rom har kongeparet nydelig utsikt over asurblått vann og vakre, grønne åser. Hotellet Casas Brancas er bygget i greskinspirert stil og ligger i en skråning over sjøen i en stor bukt omkranset av grønne åser med og uten bebyggelse. Små hoteller og eksklusive sommerhus ligger vegg i vegg med enkle familieboliger, og i bukta ligger små, fargerike fiskebåter for anker tett i tett.

Langs hele bukta er den en praktfull strand og en idyllisk strandpromenade, der kongeparet kan rusle i fred og ro om de skulle ønske det. Sjansen er liten for at noen skulle kjenne dem igjen her langt fra hjemlige trakter.

Skulle de ha lyst på en seiltur, skulle mulighetene også ligge til rette for det. I helgen er det meldt om lett bris, nærmere 30 grader og strålende sol.

(NTB-Wibecke Lie)

In picture: I Brasil. Dronning Sonja og kong Harald kom lørdag til Rio de Janeiro i Brasil. Dagen tilbragte de sammen med prinsesse Ragnhild og Erling Lorentzen.
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www.afterposten.no - Fra venstre: Haakon og Martha Lorentzen med datteren Sofie, kong Harald, dronning Sonja, prinsesse Ragnhild, Erling Lorentzen, Ingeborg og Paulo Ribeiro med datteren Victoria. (Foto: Heiko Junge / Scanpix)
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http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nrk_ost...en/3190430.html

This article apparently says that the Palace has modified the rules for showing the royal flag at the Palace. Before the change, the flag was hoisted when the King was in the house, but from now on the flag will be hoisted when the King is in the country.

The flag of the Crown Prince flag will be hoisted when the Crown Prince is acting as regent.

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Be sure to check out the "Royal Chit Chat" forum ....
The various versions of 'personal flags' fascinates me, and on behalf of LTR, I would like to obtain a 'collection' of the flags of the various royal personages.
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Polfoto 23-10-2003 23.10.2003. King Harald and Queen Sonja held a dinner for the members of the Norwegian Parliament Thursday evening. King Harald and Queen Sonja.
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"I am no longer ruling the family", King Harald told surprised MPs, adding that his newborn granddaughter cries much higher than him and thus "rules" the family-gatherings.
That's quite an admission.

Wonder what message the King was trying to convey with such a comment :
- a delighted grandfather taking over from a supreme king ?
- maybe we're mortal after all ?
- changes are coming, get ready ?
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Wonder what message the King was trying to convey with such a comment :
- a delighted grandfather taking over from a supreme king ?
- maybe we're mortal after all ?
- changes are coming, get ready ?
I think these are the comments of a proud grandfather. Maud is the King and Queen's first (biological) grandchild. Even though they consider Marius a grandson, he did join their family when he was already a pre-schooler or thereabouts -- not exactly a child you can coo at and make funny faces to. Maud is the first baby that has been in the family since Haakon was born. And being a girl, too, extra easy to dote on her spoil her rotten with pretty clothes and trinkets.
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Wonder what message the King was trying to convey with such a comment :
- a delighted grandfather
I think these are the comments of a proud grandfather.
Great minds think alike.

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.... the first baby ... in the family since Haakon was born. And being a girl, too, extra easy to dote on her, spoil her rotten with pretty clothes and trinkets.
To think, that is all, it takes for you to be alright with the world ?
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From the Scandinavian Royals Message board and Afterposten: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton meets with King Harald.
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Follow this link for the second page of News and Pictures of the King and Queen of Norway.

http://www.lestribunesroyales.com/forums/i...=ST&f=17&t=3767
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