From Marianne at the Scandinavian Royals message board:
Märtha Louise was the centre of attention during the opening of the European Year of Sports for Handicapped people at Rådhusplassen (Town Hall area) where she mingled easily with many other athlets.
Table-tennis ('been some years since I practised that'..) and mini-golf (Princess rather surprised too at her 'hole-in-one ) were amongst the sports to be enjoyed...on this special spot in the centre of Oslo city!
She received some presents too, although it seems that the distant-radio-controlled car will not be used by wee Maud Angelica...at first !!
The Princess emphasized the fact that sport is very important....and for handicapped people too!
Being a trained fsysio-therapeute herself she knows far too well how important it is to participate in sports..and thus being involved socially too!
Raadhusplassen, Oslo 06.09.2003 - Princess Märtha Louise opened the events to mark The European year for the functionally disabled at Raadhusplassen in Oslo. The Princess got to try many of the activities available, amongst others climbing, boccia, golf, carpet curling and sound shooting. (Fotomarktplatz)
Prinsesse Märtha Louise åpnet markeringen av Det europeiske året for funksjonshemmede på Rådhusplassen i Oslo lørdag 6. september. Etter åpningen deltok Prinsessen i forskjellige aktiviteter. Foto: Scanpix www.kongehuset.no
Prinsesse Märtha Louise delte ut NHOs "Nyskapningsprisen" til gründeren av PhotoCure ASA, Vidar Hansson. Utdelingen fant sted på Kongsberg 28. august. Foto: Scanpix www.kongehuset.no
Princess Martha Louise was among the more than 2,000 women who turned out for a rally Thursday aimed at drumming up funds to help fight breast cancer. The women ended up in front of Oslo's Royal Palace.
"Breat cancer affects us all," said the princess as she addressed the women who assembled first in downtown Oslo and then marched up to the palace.
Once there, carrying pink balloons, they assembled themselves in the formation of a living pink sash, which is the symbol for those supporting the fight against the dreaded disease. In doing so, they even set a world record.
The demonstration, accompanied by a local brass band, kicked off a fund-raising campaign for breast cancer research.
Seven new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every day in Norway, with around 2,500 reported last year. The majority survive, but around 800 Norwegian women die from the disease, or its complications, every year.
Originally posted by sky@Oct 31st, 2003 - 8:53 pm Why did Martha Louise lose her HRH when she married Ari?
I think it was because the Royal Family is trying to slim down its members, so that one day, after the King and Queen have died, the Royal Family will only be Haakon, Mette-Marit and their kids.
I think also that this is a situation like the Spanish royal family, where the King and Queen's three children and their families are the "royal family," while his sisters and their families are part of the "King's family." A very fine distinction.
In Norway that would mean that Martha Louise, Ari, Maud (and the couple's future children), and the King's sisters and their families are part of the "King's family," while the King and Queen and Haakon and Mette-Marit and their future children will be the "royal family."