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King Harald Visits Sarpsborg To Mark City’s 1000th Anniversary

  July 29, 2016 at 11:40 am by

Norway’s King Harald V today paid a visit to the city of Sarpsborg to help celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the city’s founding by St. Olav (or King Olaf II) in 1016. Arriving by boat, the King was tasked with unveiling a new 4.5m high sculpture entitled ‘Genesis’ that shows the head and shoulders of a youth emerging from a pool of water. It has been created by artist Finn Eirik … Continue reading

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Royals Offer Condolences To France Following Terrorist Attack in Nice

  July 16, 2016 at 7:38 am by

After the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday night – as the country was full of joy celebrating Bastille Day – heads of state have offered their condolences to French President François Hollande and the victims and families of the 84 people killed in the attack. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth sent a message on behalf of herself and Prince Philip, offering “most sincere condolences to you, the families of … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals Mark Silver Jubilee in Trondheim

  June 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm by

The Norwegian Royal Family has celebrated the 25th anniversary of King Harald’s consecration in Trondheim, the city where the ceremony took place back in 1991. A commemorative church service was held this morning at the Nidaros Cathedral, the traditional site for consecrations of Norwegian Kings. King Harald and Queen Sonja were joined by their two children, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Martha Louise, with their families, as well as the King’s … Continue reading

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Royals Offer Condolences After Shooting in Orlando, Florida

  June 14, 2016 at 8:57 am by

Following the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Florida over the weekend, a number of European royals have sent their condolences to US President Barack Obama. 49 people were killed in the shooting at Pulse nightclub, while a further 53 were injured. A statement was released yesterday on behalf of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh: The Queen: "Prince Philip & I have been shocked by the events in Orlando. … Continue reading

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Jubilee Park Opened in Oslo By Royal Grandchildren

  June 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm by

Four of King Harald and Queen Sonja’s grandchildren today were on hand to help open the Jubilee Park at Dronningparken which sits in the grounds of the Royal Palace of Oslo. Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus, Leah Isadora and Emma Tallulah Behn each planted a rowan tree as part of the opening, which included the unveiling of an ‘insect hotel’ that was the gift of the City of Oslo to the King for … Continue reading

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Mette-Marit Skips Polish State Banquet Due To Back Pain

  May 24, 2016 at 5:35 am by

The president of Poland and his wife started their state visit to Norway yesterday. They were received in Oslo by King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Astrid amidst pouring rains.  Queen Sonja was sensible enough to wear a pair of boots. After the welcoming ceremony the king escorted the president to Akerhus where the president laid a wreath at the monument for the … Continue reading

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra Opens Her Own Sculpture Park

  May 20, 2016 at 4:42 am by

Yesterday Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway opened the Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park in the gardens of Oslo’s royal palace. The sculpture park which focuses on children was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of king Harald’s reign. The princess was not alone: King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette Marit, Prince Sverre and Princess Astrid were all there. The King held a short speech in which … Continue reading

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Happy Constitution Day to Norway

  May 17, 2016 at 11:55 pm by

On May 17th, Norway celebrated it’s National Day. As usual the Norwegian royal family appeared in traditional outfits to look at several children’s parades. At 8:15AM the Crown princely family welcomed the youth of Asker at their private Skaugum estate. Later during the day they appeared on the balcony in Oslo’s royal palace alongside the King and Queen. From the Norwegian royal website: ” a record breaking 119 schools take … Continue reading

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Stavanger Newspaper Calls For End Norwegian Monarchy

  May 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm by

The Norwegian newspaper ‘Stavanger Aftenblad’ said in Friday’s editorial that it is time for a constitutional evolution in Norway. An evolution from a monarchy to a republic. They claim that incidents concerning the monarchy are usually swept under the rug, because the Norwegians like ‘such a cosy little family’. The newspaper has nothing against the royals themselves but they think that the principle is outdated. Furthermore they claim that younger … Continue reading

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Norwegian State Visit to Italy Comes To An End

  April 8, 2016 at 7:06 pm by

King Harald and Queen Sonja’s state visit to Italy concluded today, focusing on Norwegian business and trade. The final day was spent in Milan, where they attended a presentation of Norwegian fashion, a business luncheon and visited exhibitions on Norwegian craft and design. On Thursday, the King and Queen laid a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Soldier at the Altare della Patria (also known as the Monumento Nazionale … Continue reading

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Norway’s King and Queen Begin Visit to Italy

  April 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm by

King Harald V and Queen Sonja have begun their state visit to Italy today, spending the day meeting with the country’s President, Prime Minister and other government ministers. The couple were welcomed at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome for the official welcoming ceremony by President Sergio Mattarella and his daughter Laura. The two heads of state inspected the traditional military guard of honour, before heading inside for an audience. … Continue reading

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Belgian King, Fellow Monarchs React To Brussels Attacks

  March 22, 2016 at 7:41 am by

At least 28 people have been killed in Brussels this morning, as explosions occurred at the city’s airport and at a metro station. The Belgian Royal Court issued a statement from King Philippe, saying that he and Queen Mathilde were “shocked by the horrific attacks” on the city. Their thoughts are with the victims and their families in this terrible time. The royal couple’s agenda for the next two days … Continue reading

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Tiara Surprise: Diplomatic Reception in Oslo

  March 5, 2016 at 12:47 pm by

Yesterday, the Norwegian Royal Family has held a Dinner for new members of the diplomatic corps at the Palace in Oslo. It came as a surprise that photographers were allowed at this annual event. So for the first time there are pictures of the royal family procession into the reception room are out in public. King Harald and Queen Sonja were leading the way, followed by Crown Prince Haakon, Crown … Continue reading

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra Lights Youth Olympic Games Cauldron

  February 13, 2016 at 3:44 am by

Norway’s young Princess Ingrid Alexandra last night had the honour of lighting the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Second Youth Olympic Games, held in Lillehammer. Among the 13,000 who watched from the stands as the Princess lit the cauldron, using the same torch her father Crown Prince Haakon used to light the Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games cauldron in 1994, were the King and Queen of Norway and the Crown Prince … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals Cheer At Holmenkollen

  February 8, 2016 at 4:46 am by

The Norwegian Royal Family had an exciting weekend as they attended the annual Hollenkolmen FIS World Cup Nordic. King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Astrid, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus were able to congratulate the Norwegian Therese Johaug for her 1st place in langlaufing on saturday. The planned Sunday competitions were sadly cancelled due to fog.

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Norway Celebrates King Harald’s Silver Jubilee

  January 17, 2016 at 7:42 pm by

Norway’s King Harald V has celebrated his silver jubilee today with a series of events in Oslo. The day began with a church service in the Palace Chapel, which the entire royal family attended, as did their guests from overseas: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien, the President of the Norwegian Church, officiated the service and Princess … Continue reading

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New Portraits Ahead of King Harald’s 25th Anniversary

  January 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm by

The Royal Court of Norway has released a series of new portraits of the Royal Family, to mark the 25th anniversary of King Harald V taking the throne in January 1991. Among the portraits are individual shots of the King, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, as well as couple shots. The photos were taken by Jørgen Gomnæs at the Royal Palace. Princess Ingrid Alexandra features in a … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals Pose For Christmas Pictures

  December 14, 2015 at 10:26 pm by

The royal house have released a series of pictures of the Norwegian Royal Family leading up to Christmas. Embed from Getty Images Norway’s King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius Borg Hoiby all took part in the photo session. The photoshoot was taken at Skaugum, the residence of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway in Asker, Norway. … Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

  December 10, 2015 at 5:46 pm by

The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony took place today in Oslo where the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet were awarded this year’s prize for their “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy” following the 2011 Jasmine Revolution. The Quartet is a collaboration of four organisations within Tunisian society – the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Order … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals Cheer On Footballers In UEFA Play-Off

  November 12, 2015 at 8:27 pm by

The Norwegian National Football Team had a royal cheer squad for their first UEFA Euro Championship play-off match against Hungary this evening at Ullevaal Stadium. King Harald, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius Borg Høiby sat in the stands as the two teams competed in the first leg of the play-off round to see who will make it into the championships next … Continue reading

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