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Old 01-17-2016, 03:26 PM
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And he is by far the most popular head of state in the world in his own country - His approval ratings is at 90 to 93%. Everyone loves him, even republicans.
Erm, not quite. During big national royal celebrations like this, the monarch's personal popularity is always sky-high. During her Diamond Jubilee, QEII got a job approval rating of 90% also:

https://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchp...cord-high.aspx
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:36 PM
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Gallery from Robin Utrecht
King Harald celebrates 25th reigning jubilee - Images _ Robin Utrecht _ Photoshelter
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:21 PM
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I see Silvia recycled her odd table cloth at the waist dress from the Nobels. I like the pics of the three monarchs, and the one with the spouses. Wish bigger one of the group, hard to see detail.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:23 PM
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CP Haakon and Ingrid Alexandra read a poem during the gala in the University hall.
It's a beautiful video, everybody is quite moved (especially Mrtha Louise).
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Wonderful photos from the celebrations VG Foto
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:12 PM
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Would have been nice to see more of royal Europe in attendance. That photo of the 3 sovereigns looks a little forlorn :(


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Old 01-17-2016, 06:15 PM
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Congratulations to King Harald upon his enthronement anniversary.

Thank you to those who shared the photos of the celebrations today. It was nice to see the other Scandinavian monarchs too - I think Margrethe was the best dressed out of all of them, though.

I found it interesting how Marius is wearing what appears to be a royal order here, considering that, although he has been welcomed into the NRF, he isn't royal. What are the requirements that someone has to have to receive this particular order/medal?

I think this is a beautiful photo of Ingrid Alexandra!
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:28 PM
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It's not an order. It's the commemorative medal of Harald's Silver Jubilee.
Since everyone but the King is wearing it I would say the only requirement needed is to be attending the celebrations.
Usually they give them out for coronations, jubilees, birthdays, maybe even some weddings and christenings. According to Wikipedia, Queen Margrethe even has one for "the 50-year anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Ingrid's arrival in Denmark"!
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:29 PM
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Thanks for the correction and additional information. That makes sense now.
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:34 PM
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Lovely photos from these days. Harald and Sonja is really close to their people. Love it !

It would have been lovely if the british, spanish and benelux royals had been present too but the scandinavians are usually celebrating with each other during anniversaries so i am not surprised.

What did surprise me was that the finnish and icelandic presidential couples were absent. They are usually invited to Sweden and Denmark when there is something.
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:42 PM
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Videos from the Celebrations today from NRK (the public broadcaster):

The service in the Royal Chapel
https://tv.nrk.no/serie/kongepar-i-2...316/17-01-2016

The celebrations - part 1
https://tv.nrk.no/serie/kongepar-i-2...416/17-01-2016

The celebrations - part 2
See from 1:24
https://tv.nrk.no/serie/kongepar-i-2...616/17-01-2016

The gala in the University hall
https://tv.nrk.no/serie/kongepar-i-2...016/17-01-2016

Tv 2 had the best coverage, but you can't see it online without a subscription.

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Erm, not quite. During big national royal celebrations like this, the monarch's personal popularity is always sky-high. During her Diamond Jubilee, QEII got a job approval rating of 90% also:

https://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchp...cord-high.aspx
You're right, this was in june 2012, and I've posted that link several times in the British forum. She also got an approval rating of 90% in november 2012.

King Harald's approval rating is at 90 to 93%, and have been for many years. Both in 2012 and 2013 and the last poll was done early last year, so this has nothing to do with Jubilee. He also got (according to a norwegian journalist) an approval rating of 95% in the summer last year, but I haven't seen this poll.

We must also remember that the British media is much tougher/critical/biased than what the Norwegian press is, and I don't think we can compare Queen Elizabeth II (who I consider to be my monarch too, since my mother is british and live in the UK with her husband and my two half-brothers) with King Harald, because they are very different.
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Old 01-18-2016, 04:09 AM
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King Carl Gustaf held a speech at the dinner on Sunday. He said among other things "King Olav was my godfather and a cherished role model for me. I highly value my godson, Crown Prince Haakon, who in turn is godfather to our first grandchild Estelle. And I know that Crown Princess Victoria loves warmly her godfather, King Harald".
Kungaparet firade Kung Harald V *25 r p tronen - Sveriges Kungahus
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King Carl Gustaf's speech at the dinner on Sunday:
H.M. Konungens tal vid middag fr Kung Harald 25-rs jubileum, sndagen*den 17 januari 2016. - Sveriges Kungahus
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:55 AM
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A 90% approval must not be taken au srieux. The only ones who reach such milestones are Kim Il-Jung and that sort of despots. That there is a wide-felt feeling of satisfaction with the King seem obvious, but an extrapolation of a small group over the entire population and all layers of society is tricky and the grotesque and unsubstantiated extrapolated number should be handled with care, as anyone with maths and statistic calculations will understand.
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:06 PM
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Splendid jubilee celebration

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Old 01-18-2016, 02:51 PM
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The Chinese news agency has large versions of two of the group photos from Sunday's gala:

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Old 01-18-2016, 03:47 PM
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photos from the DRF website
Fejring af Norges Kongepar | Kongehuset - Forside

Love the one of the three monarchs.

the snow event was nice to see.and nice tie in to the next youth Olympics
Nice to see MM back in action skiing
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/...3051869421.jpg

small gif of Sverre Magnus yawning, perhalps a bit too early for his liking
https://49.media.tumblr.com/63809ba3...3d33o4_250.gif
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:55 PM
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And a great gallery (158 photos!) from pure people:

http://www.purepeople.com/article/fa...095/1#m2046714
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:20 PM
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Parismatch has beautiful big photos in two galleries
25 ans du sacre du roi Harald V de Norvge - Ingrid Alexandra et Sverre Magnus se sont bien amuss

25 ans du sacre du roi Harald V de Norvge - Un anniversaire ft dans la neige et la bonne humeur
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:53 PM
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I am not sure what to say on the clothing of the Behn girls...but you know, if they chose them then why not?

It's funny how much more relaxed the other royals are in comparison to the Brits. I can't see Lady Louise wearing boots to her granny's 90th birthday celebrations this year... (Let's hope it's not white tights and schools shoes either, but still...there's no WAY she would be allowed to wear boots to St Paul's!)

Looks like everyone had a great time and it was so lovely to see IA and her father reading the poem.
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:22 AM
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Perhaps it might interest some here to read about the foreign coverage of the jubilee. (Well, at least Norwegians and Swedes can read the text).
Here is the BB-magazine coverage. You'll find it in this folder: https://app.box.com/s/k2r0xbcufm5uw0ua01jjwvc651og3alo
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:06 AM
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There was written many articles on the occasion of the jubilee and Norwegian media/TV also interviewed Queen Margrethe II, but I've not had the time to translate/post it here.

Most media comments about the monarchy are written on pages such as VG + where one must have a ansubscription. It was also the case with this article, but it's now available on the VG site.

This article/coment from Hans Petter Sjli, a republican journalist who likes our beloved king and who now says he supports the monarchy. I post it here, since it's written on the occasion of the jubilee:

Fornuft og flelser - Kongehuset - VG

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Sense and feelings about the monarchy

The Monarchy is a fundamentally unacceptable institution that works very well.

Today it is 25 years since King Olav died. No Norwegians forget the poignant images of grieving people, in deep respect for the the nation's old king. His Majesty was dead, a central event in any monarchy, every nation.

Then came Harald, the monarch somewhat awkward son, and indeed, he managed to become, if possible, even more popular than his father. It did not take long either. Already the following year, when he comforted hurricane victims in the North Western Norway, he was established as the nation's top, the one treading forward and forms us when such is required.

The monarchy is an absurd institution, and has naturally no place in a system like ours, where leaders are elected and dismissed by democratic rules and recognized by the people's sense.

But the system works. I am an principled opponent of the monarchy and all that. But I still support that the monarchy should consist.

It is a relatively new recognition for my part, and it is so pragmatic founded that it is embarrassing: I like the King. He is a good man. I like the Queen also, what an effort she has put down! But there is something special about the King. As my mother always say: He has such a good smile. King Harald is a perfect monarch; warm and well-organized, modern and in tune with the people. His son also seems like a solid guy, with the exception of the Global Dignity Day.

But there is more, and this is almost even more embarrassing to confess for me. During last year's cup final in football on a frozen Ullevaal stadium, I got a lump in my throat when the royal anthem was played. Pageantry and common rituals has never been my cup of tea, and May 17 is primarily a day it feels good to be when the day is over.

But a lump in the throat by the royal anthem, thus, one is in the process of getting older.

And it struck me, and this was only one small week after the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Monarchy's apolitical character, its cross through ill-timed device, is its biggest strength. The King up there in the stands, yes, then, a good man, but it is about something more than that. He, the crown, is a flag, a unity beyond political divisiveness, perpetual quarrels and social frictions.

A friend says: If you live in an old house you love, you don't tear it down, not even if some of the solutions are impractical and the structures are fragile.

If we don't were a monarchy, we would not want to be one. But the royal family is there, it's part of our national framework, and little suggests that an institutional reshuffle will make the building a more welcoming home for us who live in it.

So yes to the monarchy on this day, at least for now.
I just love this picture from the article:
http://touch.vg.no/out/images/articl...rl/2483227.jpg
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