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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded in Olso

  December 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm by

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi in a ceremony at the Oslo City Hall this afternoon. King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were on hand to congratulate the two laureates, at both the official ceremony and an audience at the Royal Palace prior. Yousafzai was awarded the prize for her fight for girls’ rights to an education, while Satyarthi … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals with Princess Beatrix at the Holmenkollen

  March 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm by

This weekend, the annual FIS Nordic Weltcup at the Holmenkollen in Oslo took place and as every year, the Norwegian Royal Family showed up to watch and cheer for the athletes. This year, they had a royal guest from the Netherlands with them: Princess Beatrix, who spent the weekend with the Norwegian Royals. She joined King Harald, Queen Sonja, Princess Astrid (King Harald’s sister), Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s 40th Birthday

  August 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm by

Today, August 19th, Crown Princess Mette-Marit turns 40 years old. On occasion of her birthday, an open air church service in the Queen’s Park was celebrated yesterday, hosted by King Harald and Queen Sonja. Since 2001, the Crown Princess Mette-Marit has been celebrating all her birthdays with a church service together with family and friends. To the service, which was lead by former Oslo Bishop Gunnar Stålsett, who married then … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals Celebrate National Day

  May 17, 2013 at 10:37 am by

Today, May 17th, 2013, the Royal Family celebrated National Day together with the Norwegian people. As every year, the Crown Princely Family greeted the children’s parade at the entrance of their home Skaugum in Asker in the early morning. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Marius, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus were dressed in national costumes and as in previous years, the family dog Milly Kakao joined them, … Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize 2012

  December 11, 2012 at 8:34 am by

On December 10th – the day Alfred Nobel died in 1896 – the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 was awarded to the European Union in Oslo City Hall. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the award ceremony. The three presidents of the EU – the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President … Continue reading

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State Visit from Finland to Norway

  October 13, 2012 at 4:20 am by

The President of the Republic of Finland, Mr Sauli Niinistö, and his wife Mrs Jenni Haukio made a state visit to Norway from October 10th-12th, 2012. They were welcomed at Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport by Crown Prince Haakon. He accompanied them to the Royal Palace in Oslo, where they were met by King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. After the welcoming ceremony in the Palace Square, King Harald and … Continue reading

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Confirmation of Marius Borg Høiby

  September 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

Today, September 2nd, 2012, Marius Borg Høiby was confirmed in Asker Church. He is the son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Morten Borg, and was born on January 13th, 1997, before the Crown Princess’ relationship with Crown Prince Haakon. The families of both his mother and father were present at the confirmation, including also King Harald and Queen Sonja, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus as well as his … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja’s 75th Birthday

  July 4, 2012 at 12:00 am by

Today, Queen Sonja celebrates her 75th birthday. She was born as Sonja Haraldsen on July 4th, 1937. She grew up in the district of Vinderen in Oslo as the youngest child of Karl August and Dagny Haraldsen. She met Crown Prince Harald in 1959. The couple had to wait 9 years until King Olav had given his consent for the Crown Prince to marry a commoner, after the Crown Prince … Continue reading

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King Harald and Queen Sonja Celebrate 75th Birthdays

  June 3, 2012 at 6:28 am by

On May 31st, 2012 King Harald and Queen Sonja celebrated both their 75th birthdays together with the Norwegian people. King Harald turned 75 on February 21st, Queen Sonja will be 75 on July 4th. The day started with the reception of congratulatory deputations, from among others Prime Minister and the Mayor of Oslo. Afterwards they were joined by the whole Royal Family, including the Crown Princely Family, Princess Märtha Louise … Continue reading

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Norway Celebrates National Day

  May 19, 2012 at 5:45 am by

On May 17th, Norway celebrates its National Day. As every year, the Norwegian Royal Family is involved in the celebration. The day started with Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius Borg Høiby greeting the Children’s Parade on the stairs of Skaugum Estate, all dressed in traditional clothes called bunads. Like last year, the family dog Milly Kakao was with them, wearing a ribbon in … Continue reading

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Norwegian State Visit to Poland

  May 12, 2012 at 7:30 am by

King Harald and Queen Sonja paid a three-day visit to Poland between May 9 and 11, 2012. On Wednesday, they were formally welcomed by Poland’s President, Bronisław Komorowski, and his wife Anna Komorowska at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. Afterwards they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw to commemorate the unknown Polish soldiers who had fallen in the First World War and the subsequent … Continue reading

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Official Visit from the UK to Norway, Day 2 and 3

  March 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm by

On the second day of their official visit, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Bergen together with King Harald and Queen Sonja. While King Harald and Prince Charles began their programme with a visit to the research vessel M/V Brennholm, Queen Sonja and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Granebo Outdoor Nursery School located at the top of Fløyen mountain. Afterwards all four of them attended … Continue reading

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Official Visit from the UK to Norway, Day 1

  March 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall started their eight-day tour of Scandinavia as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a visit to Norway from March 20th to March 22nd, 2012. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit welcomed the British Royals at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo. At Akershus Fortress, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall met King Harald and Queen Sonja. After … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royal Family at Holmenkollen

  March 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm by

As every year, the Norwegian Royal Family watched the World Cup Ski Jumping at Holmenkollen in Oslo on March 11th, 2012. King Harald and Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Princess Astrid were all present, and also brought the Crown Princely Family’s dog, Milly Cocoa, with them. The whole family was in a good mood and enjoyed the day together. … Continue reading

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King Harald’s 75th Birthday

  February 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm by

Today, King Harald turns 75 years old. He was born on February 21st, 1937 at his parents’ home, the country estate of Skaugum, near Oslo. He has two elder sisters, Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid, but at that time the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 stipulated that only male heirs could inherit the Throne, therefore he acceded to the Throne when his father passed away on January 17th, 1991. He became … Continue reading

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Royal Family at Exhibition “Royal Journeys 1905-2005″

  February 16, 2012 at 9:11 am by

King Harald and Queen Sonja attended the opening of the exhibition “Royal Journeys 1905-2005″ at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo on February 15th, 2012. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise and Princess Astrid were also in attendance. The exhibition is the Norwegian government’s present to King Harald and Queen Sonja for both their 75th birthday this year. It consists of six exhibitions with … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize Awards Fashion 2011

  December 25, 2011 at 6:33 am by

The year is coming to an end and one of the last big events in the royal calender has been the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Oslo and Stockholm. Let’s take a look back at the royal ladies’ Nobel Prize fashion 2011! Oslo: For the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, December 10, Queen Sonja chose a coral red skirt suit and quite an outstanding hat in matching … Continue reading

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‘God Jul’ from the Norwegian Royal Family

  December 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm by

On Monday December 19th, the traditional Christmas shoot took place at the Royal Palace. This year, photos of the Royal Couple together with the Crown Prince Family were taken in the Red Parlour. Queen Sonja read “Hvordan snøen fikk farge” (“How the snow got colour”), an old tale retold by Dan Lindholm. Prince Sverre Magnus was quite interested in the Christmas tree and couldn’t sit still, while Princess Ingrid Alexandra … Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize 2011

  December 12, 2011 at 10:10 am by

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s human rights activist Tawakkul Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”, according to a release from the prize committee. It is the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three women. The … Continue reading

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Scandi Royals Mark American-Scandinavia Foundation Centennial

  October 23, 2011 at 2:33 am by

Members of Scandinavia’s three royal families, along with the Presidents of their two fellow republics, have spent some time in New York City this weekend, to mark the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s centennial. Their first event was held on Thursday evening, at Scandinavia House. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and President Tarja Halonen of Finland … Continue reading

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