From Fotomarktplatz: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway during an interview with the newspaper VG in her office at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway, February 3, 2005. The Crown Princess said to the newspaper that her recent visit to Malawi her first trip aborad without her husband, and the aids patients had really change her life. Crown Princess Mette-Marit also pointed out, to the VG newspaper, that it was important to give 100 percent of her personality in her job as a Crown Princess. Photo Janne Moller-Hansen
Is there anyone from Norway who read this interview, and perhaps could give us a broader summary?
I read the interview, but I can't really recall much of it now...
What I do remember (this is paraphrasing, because I don't have a photographic memory):
- the journalist noting that there were baby pacifiers lying about in her office, along with a few baby books. The office was also furnished in a modern, simplistic, style.
- Mette-Marit saying that she felt that she had grown more into her role, but that it was a job that she wouldn't have dared to take on, if she hadn't been 100 % positive that she had love to keep her going. It would have been difficult to do without Haakon to back her up. (I'm paraphrasing here, but you get the general gist.)
- Mette-Marit put emphasis on the fact that raising Ingrid Alexandra to become aware of the privileged position she was in, and utilise that position to help others, was important to them.
Thanks for the pictures GrandDuchess and the article summary norwegianne.
I really like Mette-Marit's office and the more contemporary design scheme she's got going.
Interesting to note how much Mette-Marit's recent solo trip to meet with AIDS patients has deeply affected her life. Sometimes it seems to me that royals make these trips abroad but they don't affect them very much, that it's just part of the job and they go about these trips in a mechanical way. But from the pictures it was obvious that Mette-Marit was enjoying herself and participating and engaged on the trip 100 per cent.
She has previously said that she is at her office almost every day, and that she and Haakon prefers to have meetings with staff\and extern persons at her office because its nicer\more personal than his. Haakons office is next door. That was a choice the Queen made during the renovation, before haakon and mm had met because she had to wait a long time to get her office, and the Queen wanted everything to be ready for the future CPsess whoever she might be
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Originally Posted by GrandDuchess
[i]Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway during an interview with the newspaper VG in her office at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway, February 3, 2005.
Yes, nice office. I like seeing photos of the royals at their desks. I like MM´s outfit here too. She looks great. Not a fan of that outfit at the skating rink though. Don´t look at it too long. Might make you dizzy. Too bad more people don´t follow figure skating in Norway. They could have had a good chance to see the Crown Princess again.
I found this article (or part of an article) in a magazine, regarding CP Mette-Marit and the other Crown Princesses and Princesses in Europe. It's my translation.
Pros and cons of being a princess
…get to meet their idols and other interesting celebreties.
…always have a limousine waiting.
…have no housing problems.
…get to wear a tiara and other expencive jewels to parties.
…have their own servants to handle the household.
…can shop in all the world’s most exlusive shops.
…don’t have to worry about household expenses.
…get to experience the world’s most exotic places.
…are often under a lot of pressure.
…are always watched by the media and the public.
…risk “princess arm”.
…are stuck in a minute planed time table.
…can’t go anywhere without bodyguards.
…can find it hard to learn to know somebody in peace, and develop a good relationship to a man.