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Queen Sonja’s School Award 2010

  December 5, 2010 at 6:07 pm by

This year the Kaupanger school in Sogndal was awarded with the Queen Sonja’s School. The school was awarded with the price because it developed good training programs for diverse students. The students have trainings in democratic processes and take part in different student councils. They developed and improved the design of classrooms, teaching materials and teaching methods. Queen Sonja visited the school on December 2nd. During a ceremony the rector … Continue reading

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King Harald: “She will always be our daughter”

  October 29, 2010 at 10:09 am by

For the first time King Harald of Norway commented on his daughter’s statements that she speaks with the dead. Princess Märtha Louise caused several discussions after announcing she doesn’t only talk to angels, but also to dead people. During an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten the King admitted that parents don’t always agree with their children. “What is important for us is that we love them.” the King said. … Continue reading

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State Visit to Slovakia

  October 29, 2010 at 5:10 am by

Norways’s Royal couple, King Harald V and Queen Sonja, paid a State Visit to the Slovak Republic from October 26th to 29th. Day 1 At the first day the Royal couple was officially welcomed by President Ivan Gašparovičand First Lady Silvia Gašparovičová. The Norweian Royals recieved a loaf of bread and salt, which is a tradition in Slovakia. Afterwards the King and the President met with Norwegian and Slovakian representatives … Continue reading

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Annual Gala for Stortinget

  October 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm by

Yesterday the Norwegian Royal attended the annual Gala for Stortinget – the Norwegian Parliament. King Harald and Queen Sonja received the representatives of the Parliament representatives in the Palace which is part of a 100-year-old tradition. The Gala for Stortinget is hosted since 1906. King Haakon was the first one who invited invited the members of the Stortinget to dinner in the first parliamentary year after he became king of … Continue reading

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State Visit from Switzerland

  October 17, 2010 at 7:45 am by

The Swiss Confederation paid a State Visit to Norway. Her Excellency Ms. Doris Leuthard and Dr. Roland Hausin were welcomed by His Majesty King Harald V on October 14th. The Confederation was formally welcomed in the Palace Square and were introduced to representatives of official institutions in Norway. The Queen and the Crown Princely couple were also in attendance. After the welcoming ceremomy President Leuthard laid a wreath at the … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja visits Refugee Camp in Kenya

  September 25, 2010 at 5:20 am by

This week Queen Sonja visited the world’s largest refugee camp, the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, in connection with the TV Campaign “On the run from war”. The Queen is patron of the campaign. Queen Sonja was welcomed by NRC Secretary General Elisabeth Rasmusson and manager Hassan Khair. In the camp Her Majesty met with two families- one family lives in the camp since it was established in 1991, the … Continue reading

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Royal Couple visited Oppland

  June 12, 2010 at 3:47 am by

Once a year the Norwegian Royal couple visits one of the 19 Norwegian countries. This year they paid a visit to Oppland, which is one of the only two landlocked counties of Norway. The couple visited the six municipalties in Valdres. They started with visiting Bruflat in Etnedal where they watched a program called “The adventurous Valdres” which was based on stories and legends from the valley. Afterwards the King … Continue reading

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State Visit from the Netherlands – Day 2 and 3

  June 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm by

The second day of Queen Beatrix’ State Visit to Norway began with a visit to the Oslo Bors securities exchange, where Her Majesty, who was joined by King Harald and Queen Sonja, attended a seminar with the title “Labour Participation and Gender”. Later they visited the Bjornholt Middle and Upper Secondary School. At lunch time Queen Beatrix, the Norwegian Royal couple and the Crown Princely couple attended an official luncheon … Continue reading

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State Visit from the Netherlands – Day 1

  June 2, 2010 at 7:47 am by

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is on a three-day State Visit to Norway. The Queen arrived at the port of Oslo yesterday, where she was welcomed by King Harald V of Norway. Queen Sonja and the Crown Princely couple were also in attendance. Queen Beatrix travelled to Norway on board of the Dutch frigate Tromp. During the welcoming ceremony the national anthems were played and Queen Beatrix met … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals celebrate National Day

  May 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm by

May 17th 2010: Happy Birthday Norway! Today the Royal Family and the Norwegian people celebrated the National day of Norway. The day started with the Crown Princely family greeting the children’s parade at their residence Skaugum. Later the members of the Royal house gathered at the balcony of the Royal Palace in Oslo where they watched the children’s parade. Children from 109 different schools were attending the parade which was … Continue reading

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State Visit from Russia

  April 27, 2010 at 6:25 am by

On Monday the President of Russia Medvedev and his wife paid a State Visit to Norway. The couple was formally welcomed during a ceremony on the Palace Square. The Queen and the Crown princely couple were present during the ceremony when the King and the President inspected the King’s Guard and greeted Norwegian officials. After the welcoming ceremony President Medvedev visited the Storting, the Norwegian Parliament, and met the President … Continue reading

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Norwegian Royals attend Reopening of the Oslo Cathedral

  April 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm by

King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Ingrid Alexandra attended the reopening of the Oslo Cathedral on Sunday. The cathedral has been renovated for about four years and it was opened with a mass on Sunday. Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme was leading the church service. The Royal couple as well as the Crown Princely couple married in the Oslo cathedral. During the church service little … Continue reading

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A Sporty Weekend

  March 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm by

This weekend was a sporty one for the Norwegian Royals. Many nordic sports event took place at the famous Holmenkollen outside of Oslo. On Saturday King Harald watched the 30 km free technique cross-country of the men and women and met with the Norwegian athletes afterwards. The King also attended Sunday’s World Cup-event and trial World Championships in Nordic skiing at Holmenkollen. One of the most traditional events the Royal … Continue reading

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Royals Say Goodbye to Vancouver

  March 2, 2010 at 2:13 am by

The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have finished, and the royals have all headed back home to continue with their yearly engagements. Here’s how they spent their final week in Vancouver: The Dutch Royals On February 20th, the Crown Princely Family was back at the Richmond Olympic Oval for more speed skating, and more Dutch gold. Mark Tuitert came in first place in the Men’s 1500m Speed Skating, while Willem-Alexander, Máxima … Continue reading

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Plans for 2010

  January 13, 2010 at 8:31 am by

2010 is going to be a busy year for the Norwegian Royal Family. At the beginning of the year some of the upcoming events for the Royals have been named by a Norwegian newspaper. In March 2010 Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will pay an official visit to Malaysia. In April Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will celebrate her 70th Birthday and the Norwegian Royals are evident on … Continue reading

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Christmas Photos 2009

  December 18, 2009 at 8:59 am by

Yesterday the Royal Family of Norway gathered together for the annual Christmas shooting at the Palace. In the Great Hall a giant gingerbread house was set up and decorated in the traditional way. King Harald and Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius took part in this year’s photo shooting. The gingerbread house was large enough so the children can actually … Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize 2009

  December 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm by

Today the members of the Norwegian Royal House attended the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Hall, at which US President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. Barack Obama was awarded for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Norwegian Nobel Committee accentuated the importance of the President’s vision “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured … Continue reading

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State Visit to South Africa

  November 27, 2009 at 8:26 am by

Their Majesties King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja paid a three-day State Visit to South Africa. The Royal couple traveled with a delegation of representatives of Norwegian leadership, culture and business. The King and Queen were welcomed by President Jacob Zuma and Mrs. Zuma with a solemn welcome ceremony at the Union Buildings. After the welcoming ceremony, there were bilateral talks between the Royal Couple and the President … Continue reading

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Norwegian “Dancing Queens” and the “Pink Ribbon”

  October 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm by

Today Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the gala night for the Pink Ribbon with the musical “Mamma Mia!” at the Folketeateret in Oslo. The performance was part of the Cancer Society and the Association for the “Pink Ribbon” campaign. All proceeds from the musical show is also going to be used for breast cancer research. The Queen pointed out how important that topic is for her: “This is … Continue reading

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Gala for Stortinget 2009

  October 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm by

Today HM King Harald and HM Queen Sonja invited the Parliament’s representatives to dinner at the Palace. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Astrid also attended the gala. The gala for Stortinget is part of an over 100 year old tradition. In 1906 King Haakon first invited the members of the Parliament to a gala dinner. It was held every year since then and only interrupted by the … Continue reading

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