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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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Queen Sonja: Operation in June

  June 3, 2009 at 11:57 am by

Queen Sonja will be operated on her foot again. The 71 years old Queen-consort had problems with her feet for quite a while now. The surgery is scheduled for June 22nd in the “Rikshospitalet” in Oslo. It will be the Queen’s 4th surgery on her feet: she had already been operated in 2000, 2002 and 2004. The Queen’s engagements for late June and early July have been cancelled by the … Continue reading

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Royal Couple opens Bergen International Festival

  May 20, 2009 at 2:25 pm by

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway came to Bergen on May 20th 2009 for the opening of the Bergen International Festival. The festival represents art of all genre: music, literature, theatre, dancing, paintings and so on. The Festival in 2009 is the 57th International Festival in Bergen. The Royal Couple was welcomed by Svein Alsaker, County Governor of Hordaland and Gunnar Bakke, Mayor of Bergen. You can find some … Continue reading

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“Gratulerer med dagen, Norge!”

  May 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm by

May 17th 2009: “Gratulerer med dagen, Norge!” (Happy Birthday, Norway!) Today the Norwegian people and their Royal Family celebrated Norway’s National Day. As every year the day started with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’ familiy greeting the children’s parade in Asker by the main gate of Skaugum; the residence of the Crown Princely family. You can find a gallery here. Later the Royal Family greeted the children’s parade in … Continue reading

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Norwegian State Visit from Canada

  April 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm by

On Tuesday their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja welcomed Michaëlle Jean, the Governor General of Canada, and her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond, to Norway. The Crown Princely couple also took part in the official reception on the Palace Square. Michaëlle Jean paid a visit to the Storting where she met the Vice President of the Storting and in the afternoon she met with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. In the … Continue reading

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Easter Vacations in Sikkilsdalen

  April 3, 2009 at 11:34 am by

Today the easter vacations of the Norwegian Royal Family started. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon with Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus, as well as Märtha Louise with her husband Ari Behn and their children Maud Angelica, Leah Isadora and Emma Tallulah were pictured at the Oslo main station where they took a train to Sikkilsdalen where the Family is going to spend easter. The King and … Continue reading

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Sonja and Mette-Marit Celebrate International Women’s Day

  March 10, 2009 at 5:25 pm by

To celebrate International Women’s Day, fifteen women of different backgrounds were invited to tea with Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit at the Royal Palace in Oslo. The women originally from Afghanistan, China, Peru, Somalia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Colombia and Eritrea. They talked about their backgrounds, their lives in Norway, their activities, their special interests, their health issues and how they have built their own lives in an “alien” country with … Continue reading

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A New Biography of Queen Sonja

  February 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm by

Ingar Sletten Kolloen has been selected as the man to write a new biography on Queen Sonja of Norway. The biography, due for release in Autumn 2011, will examine the Queen’s whole life – from her childhoold in Oslo, her study as a young woman, her relationship with Crown Prince Harald , her marriage, her role as Crown Princess, Queen, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. More information can be found here. … Continue reading

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