Public vs. private birthday celebrations
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No fuss for crown prince's 30th birthday
Crown Prince Haakon has been staying at the royal compound on the island of Tjoeme on and off for the past two weeks.
When Princess Martha Louise turned 30, she threw a huge three-day extravaganza in Bergen and royal guests flew in from all over Europe. Her younger brother is heir to the throne, but apparently doesn't want any such fuss when he turns 30 on Sunday.
Instead, Crown Prince Haakon has opted to have a relatively modest 30th birthday party at his family's summer home on an island south of Oslo. Only a few close friends are invited, along with family members.
His father, King Harald, has been sailing in regattas off Spain this month and missed his wife's 66th birthday July 4. He'll reportedly be out of the country for his son's 30th as well.
The general public, meanwhile, won't get any chance to greet Crown Prince Haakon or wish him well on his 30th birthday. The closest they'll get to seeing him will likely be a segment on the evening news.
It's unclear why the crown prince is keeping such a low profile. His wife is pregnant, however, and he still has to finish up his master's thesis for the London School of Economics, which is due at the end of September.
Some speculate he simply has other things on his mind and wants to stay out of the public spotlight. His mother, Queen Sonja, is due to be on hand for the big day, however. The observance reportedly will revolve around a luncheon at the royal compound on Tjoeme, south of Toensberg.
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Public vs. private birthday celebrations
The progressive royals of Scandinavia may enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle than their counterparts in the UK, but the public still wants its money's worth.
And according to Monday's Expressen, Norwegian royal-watchers have been casting envious glances towards Öland where Crown Princess Victoria celebrates her birthday every year.
"Victoria Day," gushed the paper, "has become an accepted Swedish summer tradition where the whole population can celebrate its Crown Princess".
How many of them actually do join in the celebrations is unclear, but it seems that the day's increasing profile has reminded Norwegians that they also have an heir to the throne with a summer birthday. The problem is, Crown Prince Haakon, who turned 31 on July 20th, prefers to go to Greece for his big day.
But he might be celebrating at home next year. A four-page report in the Norwegian magazine Se&Hørs implored him to "be more like Victoria" and the editor claims to have been flooded with emails from readers yearning for a 'Haakon Day'.
"Victoria Day is absolutely fantastic - we're very jealous of you," Trond Stenåsen told Expressen. "It's a big public party where your Victoria meets the people from morning until evening."
It sounds as though being a royal is a dog's life - especially if you happen to be a royal dog. And, as it happens, Expressen's royal story on Tuesday centred on the crown canines, Jambo the labrador and Zila the Slovakian Hound.
Apparently they're having a great time with the royal family at Solliden on Öland. "The king has always had a good eye for dogs and often they accompany the family on holiday," said the palace information assistant Morgan Gerle.
"On Öland there are lots of opportunities to both play and exercise," added the paper, although it didn't clarify whether this was for the benefit of the dogs or the king.
I think that it should also happen.
Not really a very grand celebration but just the act of greeting all the well-wishers who would come on his birthday maybe on their royal home or on a place in Norway.
The point is that the Norwegian royals mostly prefer their birthdays to be private events. The exception would be Harald and Sonja's joint celebration of their 60th, and Märtha Louise's 30th.
The monarchies in Norway and Sweden are also different in that manner... And Norwegians have the 17th of May to pay tribute to the Royal family, at least those who live in Oslo.
There was also the celebrations for King Harald and Queen Sonja 25th wedding day anniversary :)
He celebrated his 30. birthday on Magero, here some pictures with the family:
Søk | Scanpix
I remembered, that Mette-Marit surprised Haakon with a concert of Jan Garbarek, one of his favorite musicians. I know, I saw many pictures about it, but now I found only this one:
Forhåndsvisning | Scanpix
Wonderful their love
An article about the day:
La sorpresa de la princesa Mette Marit al prncipe Haakon en el da de su 30 cumpleaos
I found this thread, and in this are a lot of pictures about Haakon 30. birthday, not only the concertpictures, but also some privatmoments with friends on the beach, and the interview with Haakon:
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