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Old 05-15-2006, 06:28 AM
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There is ample room for improvement IMO, for the first she could start showing that she is able to attend day to day duties over a long period of time, not just the sugar and honney duties, and looking presentable for all of them. Her work ethic leaves alot to be desired IMO. Beeing a mother is not her main task, if she wanted to make beeing mother and wife her primary life choice she should not have married Haakon. Her job is to be a representative for Norway, which she is beeing payed lavishly for, and at the moment she is doing too little. She has nannies to help her with the Kids, people to help with the house, garden, prepare speeches etc, even if she goes to a couple of duties a week she will still have more time for her children than other normal women have who have a normal job and has to manage all the daily life things.

As an example I find it unacceptable that she is not going to Bergen with Haakon for the opening of Festspillene in the end of May, this is the most festive day outside of Oslo a year (except national day) and the people of Bergen has always been very welcomming and enthusiastic towards the royals, furthermore she was recently in Bergen for a private wedding, she absolutly should be there. By then it has been almost 6 months since the birth, yes Norwegian women have 1 year maternety leave but they do not have the resources that she has so its time to get working IMO.

And yes she is deffenlty interested in fashion and design, be it Italian, French or Norwegian but her posture ruins several outfits and she does not have the best of taste in accessories in particular; purpel stockings, black stockings for a christening, mismatched purses, unbuttoned jackets, messy hair, the list goes on....


I still stick to my word " she is what a princess should be " but I must say I agree with you about her doing more dutys , Princess Mary didnt really have any time off before she went back to work , so I will say that your right on that one, but I really like her fashion style . ok sometimes she does have strange ideas about hats and tights but is that such a big deal??, but on the whole when she does do duty's she comes across as a careing person , and I think the Norwegians people are lucky to have her as there Princess. hopefully when she does come back full time she will pull her weight
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:00 AM
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There is ample room for improvement IMO, for the first she could start showing that she is able to attend day to day duties over a long period of time, not just the sugar and honney duties, and looking presentable for all of them. Her work ethic leaves alot to be desired IMO. Beeing a mother is not her main task, if she wanted to make beeing mother and wife her primary life choice she should not have married Haakon. Her job is to be a representative for Norway, which she is beeing payed lavishly for, and at the moment she is doing too little. She has nannies to help her with the Kids, people to help with the house, garden, prepare speeches etc, even if she goes to a couple of duties a week she will still have more time for her children than other normal women have who have a normal job and has to manage all the daily life things.

As an example I find it unacceptable that she is not going to Bergen with Haakon for the opening of Festspillene in the end of May, this is the most festive day outside of Oslo a year (except national day) and the people of Bergen has always been very welcomming and enthusiastic towards the royals, furthermore she was recently in Bergen for a private wedding, she absolutly should be there. By then it has been almost 6 months since the birth, yes Norwegian women have 1 year maternety leave but they do not have the resources that she has so its time to get working IMO.

And yes she is deffenlty interested in fashion and design, be it Italian, French or Norwegian but her posture ruins several outfits and she does not have the best of taste in accessories in particular; purpel stockings, black stockings for a christening, mismatched purses, unbuttoned jackets, messy hair, the list goes on....
I think that from May 17. and onwards there should definititely be an increase in Mette-Marit's work-load. Personally, I doubt that whether or not she attends Festspillene is essential , but an increase in programme should happen. I think that the visits that Haakon is making to the schools - especially the ones in the Eastern parts of the country - is something that Mette-Marit could join in on. (Ie. when he is visiting a school on Nøtterøy, June 1st) Or start a similar "tour" of her own, to nursery schools?

Considering that she's the protector of the scouting movement, it might be interesting if she visited a summer camp or something like that.

It will be interesting to see what they do - they are scheduled to take over more and more "overseas" duties from the king and queen.
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