Nice to see the Crown Princess making headway. Slowly but surely!
I wonder if late last year and earlier this year when Haakon had to "sub" in for King Harald while he was battling cancer had any impact on his very positive public opinon results? I seem to recall that many people were impressed with the job Haakon did in filling in for his father despite experiencing the arrival of his first child and wanting to spend time with her, too.
... Which also makes me think that the birth of an heir in Ingrid Alexandra (a very cute heir at that!) must've helped/boosted the popularity of the CP couple, too. Everyone loves a baby, right?!
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Yes, this is quite possible. I remember reading a year or so ago in Majesty or some other magazine about Mette-Marit and they said that her approval ratings have gone up after the slow start and they pinpointed on the idea that she was pregnant and the return from London. Yes, everyone loves a baby!
Travels and plans for Haakon and Mette-Marit in 2005
January 23- 27. Mette-Marit is going on a work visit to Malawi to see Norwegian and international AIDS Projects. She is going with the organisation FOKUS (Forum for Women and development questions) http://www.fokuskvinner.no/ ) which she is patron of. She will most likely be accompanied by the minister of development questions Hilde Frafjord Johnson. She will spend two days in the Capital and make three day trip of the rest of Malawi. This will be her 2. trip alone abroad
Febuary 5 is the official opening of the celebrations of the centennial, Norway from 1905-2005, I think I remeber reading the the King and Queen, Haakon and MM will se a jubilee show at Drammen Theatre that will be broadcast on TV2 (The King and Queen is deffenetly going)
Febuary 7-11 Haakon will pay a visit to Sierra Leone as UNDP good-will ambassadour
April 2005 Visit to EXPO in Japan, I have seen articles saying Haakon going alone as well as MM accompanying him, we will have to wait for confirmation
May 10-13 They will take part in the Statevisit form Japan
May 17 National day
June 10-11 King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia visits Norway to open a bridge between Norway and Sweden as well as a Nobel center in Oslo, dont know if Haakon and Mette-Marit will attend this visit
October 2005. Haakon and Mette-Marit will tour the Midwest of USA (for 14 days according to Aftenposten paper edition) The Midwest was where the most norwegians settled and the visit will focus on the relationship with the norwegians living here to mark the centennial
November 25 there will be a gala at Akerhus catle hosted by the goverment to mark that it is 100 years since King Haakon and Queen MAud arrived in Norway
November 27. King Harald will host a gala ball in Oslo to mark that the celebration of the centennial is over.
The King also said in his New Years speech that the royal family will attend as much as they can of the celebrations around the country.
I hope this is correct there may be some mistakes and the might of course be some changes.
The heir to the Norwegian throne, Prince Haakon, has even more reason to celebrate the start of a new year, after being named father of the year by hellomagazine.com readers. In a closely contested battle Haakon was given the nod as this year's "big daddy" according to your votes.
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Thank you. This is unexpected. Anyway, I´m sure they will make it to Australia sometime. 2005 is a busy year for Norwegians. Maybe in 2006. Then you can meet them and tell us all about it!
Yes,i also think that,this year the Norway Royals will be so busy.Maybe next year.So we can meet and talk to them.This March,we can meet Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark and also Princess Victoria of Sweden.:)
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Wow, they publish their general schedule for the entire year? Do most Royal Houses do that? There's some very interesting stuff on the schedule so far.
As for the hello poll--I think he does seem like a great dad--and I think the Hello polls are so silly because one person can vote like 10,000 times if they want to--but am I the only one who thinks it's kind of tacky to have a poll on perceived parenting skills? Yeah, I know, it's hello, who cares!
No, but on the website of the centennial many of theese events are mentioned, others are written about in the paper, and there has been press releases from the palace about Mette-Marits trip to Malawi and the Japanese state visit. Other big events are also planned but they invovle only the King and Queen so far (Visit to Denmark, Sweden, Britain and Amerika) This will be an extraordinarily busy year for the royals and there is ofcourse no suprise that such big events are know way in advance:)
Mette-Marit today opened the new Norwegian Center for Design and Architechtur. According to Vg she had been feeling sick in the afternoon, but went to the opening and gave the opening speech, she left half an hour earlier than she was supposed to though http://www.vg.no/pub/vgart.hbs?artid=265423
Thanks pdas1201 and Larzen for the photos. I hope she feels better soon. She doesn't look so good in this photo: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...chmentid=88734 I don't think M-M is pregnant, although I have a feeling that she will be the next Crown Princess (after Maxima) to have a baby.