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Old 12-30-2021, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Princess_Eleanor View Post
I watched the segment, this is my own translation:

Interviewer: It's a little different, maybe a different pressure on the women of the world's Royal Houses. There is often a focus on a lot other than the function itself. What advice would the Queen give her granddaughter as a future representative?

Queen Sonja: I've been very annoyed by that. You are out doing a job - and then there is the appearance, whether it is this or that, wrong or right. I fully understand that you react to that. But for Ingrid, I want to say that it is very important to be clear about what values ​​you have found in life, and what values ​​you want to live by. It is very important. If that is clear to you, you stand by it. You have a platform that is good to stand on. I think that's the advice I would give.

I thought this part was also very interesting:

Interviewer: Can you describe her (Ingrid Alexandra), what she is like as a person?

King Harald: That is not easy. She's very sweet, I have to say that. She calls herself the best granddaughter. (laughs)

Queen Sonja: She is very conscientious in a school context. And very social. She loves sports, she is fearless. She surfs and is full of activity.

CP Mette-Marit: She is very wise, reflective, funny and exciting to be with.

CP Haakon: Curious and open.

CP Mette-Marit: She has discussions with us at the dinner table until we get bored - and send her somewhere else to discuss. (laughs) Like most young people, she has a lot she wants to talk about. We are incredibly lucky as parents, and have a lot of fun with our children.

Thank you very much for the transcription, Princess_Eleanor!

I would take Princess Ingrid Alexandra's fondness of discussing with her parents at the dinner table "until they get bored" as a mark of the closeness and trust in their relationship. As the monarchy will be best served if they closely cooperate for decades to come, that is a positive sign.
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Originally Posted by Prinsara View Post
So it is Sonja, and yet I would bet anything Ingrid either feels the same way or would do very shortly. (If she didn't, wouldn't Sonja have have said "now Ingrid isn't bothered by it"...?)

Are they going to make one of these programs for SM like they did for Märtha Louise, or is he going to remain the invisible 'ordinary' child in emergency reserve?

Yes, it's Sonja who is annoyed by it on Ingrid's behalf.

But I also think that this question was asked in the first place because Sonja has expressed sentiments like these in the past, where it concerned herself. Like Ingrid she was always a very pretty Princess/ (later Queen), but she didn't want to be reduced to her looks and fashion.

That's one of the reasons why she joined the military as Crown Princess and later on, as Queen, requested that her program on State Visits go beyond the traditional "lady's program" of fashion shows and art. She insisted that she, as a woman, could also attend economic events etc. And while she was/ is a consort, not a Queen regnant like Ingrid Alexandra will be, it's the sort of thing that is very normal for consorts today to attend.

So I would say that the interviewer knew very well who he was asking this question and the response he was going to get. Women's equality is one of Sonja's favourite causes, and of course she would like her own granddaughter to be seen as an intelligent and capable future Queen, not just a pretty Princess with nice clothes.

Here is the rest of the part of the interview, which concerned Princess Ingrid Alexandra:

Interviewer: I asked the King if she, as hereditary Princess, is committed to a military education. It will not be up to me, he replied. So I ask those who may have a say: does she have to go through it?

CP Haakon: No, she's not obliged to. Other than the first-time service that is. You have a duty if the Armed Forces call you in. (I believe he means conscription, though I don't know how exactly that works in Norway.) Beyond that, she does not really have to. We will spend some time figuring it out - how we are going to deal with it, and how she herself wants it.

Interviewer: Will there be more representation assignments?

King Harald: Maybe, but the most important thing for her is that she has a year left in high school. And then she has to get further education. For some years to come, education will probably be most important.

Interviewer: Can the King say something about what he and his family have emphasized - about protecting her in the situation she is in?

King Harald: I think her parents have tried to, and have succeeded. You in the press have also been understanding, and left her alone as much as possible. She's had a... I would call it a private life. Now she is coming of age, we hope that she is still allowed to be, in the usual way.

CP Mette-Marit: I think we have probably been very concerned that she should be allowed to be - not so much with us at work, especially in adolescence. The children were more with us before, but we have shielded the children in the phase they have been in. We think it has been important for them.

CP Haakon: Their focus has been on school and adolescent life. We have limited official appearances quite a bit.

Interviewer: Will there gradually be more appearances after her 18th birthday, is it a turning point?

CP Haakon: No, not in itself, really. She is still in the process of getting her education - which she will be for a number of years to come. Furthermore, she also gets to partake in the decision of when she wants to start doing a little more officially. But she will be 18 years old, and it will be nice to celebrate it. She will visit Parliament and the government. Those things naturally follow. It is a good start.

Originally Posted by Tatiana Maria View Post
Thank you very much for the transcription, Princess_Eleanor!

I would take Princess Ingrid Alexandra's fondness of discussing with her parents at the dinner table "until they get bored" as a mark of the closeness and trust in their relationship. As the monarchy will be best served if they closely cooperate for decades to come, that is a positive sign.

You're welcome

I agree that Ingrid Alexandra seems very close to her parents. And a teenager wanting to talk to their parents a lot - not bad
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