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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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President Welcomes Wrong King

  October 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm by

Today King Harald V formally opened the 6th Sami Parliament. The King held an opening speech during the ceremony, that was also attended by Queen Sonja. The ceremony began with singing the King’s Song in Norwegian and Sami. After that the president of the Sami Parliament, Egil Ollie, held his welcome speech. During his speech he welcomed the wrong King! “On behalf of the Saami Parliament, I welcome His Majesty … Continue reading

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King Harald Opens Parliament

  October 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

Today King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon attended the opening of the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget, in Oslo. As every year the parliament was formally opened by the King , who also gave out the throne speech in Parliament. The throne speech was a review of the government’s work plans for the coming year. It contained no political news, but dealt with all the main points that the government … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja in Rome

  September 26, 2009 at 1:48 pm by

On September 24th, Queen Sonja of Norway attended the Norwegian Institute in Rome’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The celebration took place at the American Institute in Villa Aurelia. The program included artistic and technical elements. During her speech at the Institute the Queen said: “I must admit that I feel a little envious of the students at the Institute – who have the chance to delve into history and study art … Continue reading

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Reopening of the Palace of Oscarshall

  August 21, 2009 at 4:40 am by

In 2005, the renovations of the Palace of Oscarshall started. In autumn 2006 it was closed for the public. The palace will be reopened for visitors on august 26th. The King and Queen of Norway already attended the official opening of the castle on August 20th. The Palace of Oscarshall is situated on the peninsula of Bygdøy, in Oslo. The palace is built on a rise, with a garden sloping … Continue reading

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Norway’s Royal Couple visited Hordaland

  June 19, 2009 at 4:42 am by

King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja paid a visit to Hordaland between June 16th and 18th, 2009. The couple visited Tysnes, Austevoll, Fedje, Austrheim, Lindås and Radøy. There was already a visit planned to this region in 2005, but it was cancelled due to the King’s illness. Hordaland is the third largest county in Norway, after Askerhus and Oslo in population. You can read more about the region … Continue reading

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A Busy Week for Haakon

  June 14, 2009 at 11:35 am by

In the beginning of the week, Tuesday June 9th , Crown Prince Haakon and his father King Harald V attend a ceremony at the synagogue in Oslo. Rabbi Joav Melchior welcomed the Royals to his synagogue and underlined the symbolic meaning of this visit to support the dialogue between the Jews and Christians. You can find a gallery of the visit here. On June 11th Haakon attended a conference about … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja opens ‘The Collectors’ Exhibition

  June 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm by

Today Queen Sonja of Norway attended the opening of ‘The Collectors’ Exhibition at the Danish and Nordic Pavilions during the 53rd International Art Exhibition on June 4, 2009 in Venice, Italy. On June 6th the exhibition will be inaugurated by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. In 1895 the exhibition was arranged for the first time. This year it takes place for the 53rd time. The festival shows … Continue reading

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