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(VIDEO) Konge og Dronning i 25 År.

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Here is NRK documentary special entitled, Konge og Dronning i 25 År.

Episode three will air on Thursday, January 14, 2016.  While episode four will air on Thursday, January 21.  The final episode will air on Thursday, January 28.

Click here to watch episodes one and two. 

Enjoy!   :)

(VIDEO) His Majesty King Harald V of Norway Delivers His 2015 Nyttårstale.

On the evening of December 31, 2015, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway delivered his 2015 Nyttårstale live from the Kongelige Slott in Oslo.

Below is a rough translation of His Majesty’s speech.

“The poet Kolbein Falkeid writes:

‘People I loved
has gone ahead and marked ski trails
They were forest guys and mountain glove.
I find enough forward.’

Our days pass into months – that goes over this year. Thus the years life. It is in every day life is lived. And for most people in Norway is the good life.

Sometimes, one can still feel alone. Maybe you lost someone, perhaps one stands in front of an important choice. May make stance you a little shaky, and you do not know where the next step should be.

If you look back, you can easily get balance. How can the past – and they went up the slopes – helping us to locate.

I will therefore speak about the long lines tonight.

Norway is regarded by many as the best country to live in. We score high on international rankings of living standards in the world. We have a good welfare state – and the vast majority have a job to go to and confidence in daily life. It has not always been.

This year we have highlighted that it is 70 years since peace came to Norway – after five years of war and occupation. A number of events have been held to commemorate the end of World War 2. Several of these we have in Royal Family attended.

The markings have given us an opportunity to look back – and in some cases also to put today’s society in perspective.

For it can be easy to forget that only 70 years ago parts of our country lay in ruins. Many returned to broken homes, and several came from a refugee existence. With assistance from the Marshall Aid we built the country after the war. The Norwegian effort that created the gleaming new home and a working life with the need for many hands.

Over the decades, we have developed a model of society we can be proud of – with low unemployment and a labor market in which the parties cooperate well. In the late 1960s we found oil in the North Sea.

Wise politicians and visionary leaders created a sensible framework surrounding the management of the large new resource.

The sum of all this is a generous welfare state everyone can enjoy.

Benefits we now take for granted, has not always been obvious. We also experienced adversity and faced challenges. Together, we have nonetheless emerged us up uphills. 

70 years may seem long, but for many of us living today, it’s as if it was yesterday.

The long lines are broken up by milestones; signs showing the limits. They are a symbol of that thing ends and something else begins.

“The Past best gift is the memory of that we have a future,” the sociologist Michael Young said.

In the old days mark stones also sightlines; a place where you could plot the course.

In a human life are milestones often occasions dealing with important events: A child’s birth. Choice of partner. A new home. Life events that give direction, new hope and sustenance to our dreams. Some such occasions will characterize you as long as you live.

One of my most important milestones was laid in 1991. When my father, King Olav V, passed away the night of January 17, 1991, began my king. In the dark January night nearly 25 years ago, the Palace Square filled with light. People came from near and far to commemorate a beloved king.

My royal deed started with a sense of community. The warmth of a whole nation embraced our family and gave strength in a difficult time. Meanwhile, it is with great humility that I stepped into a line of revered kings before me. Year we are now entering will mark this 25th anniversary and gives occasion for reflection and contemplation.

Norway has in these years experienced an unprecedented prosperity. Our country substantial access to energy and ocean treasures has given us great riches. Nevertheless, it is not natural resources alone that has given us opportunities – but to a greater extent our common human resources.

Because many are participating in the labor market and thus contribute to the community, we are together helping to create prosperity all benefiting.

Many people today are concerned about how the future will look like. In recent times we have several areas experienced being tested – as a nation and as individuals. It is allowed to be upset, and express it.

Norway is closely linked to other countries. How can events on the other side of the globe have significant consequences for each our days here at home. Some occupational industries are threatened, and the employee can have serious consequences. We have recently heard of layoffs in several places. 

I would think that many tonight are concerned about what happens to their work in the future.

Human drama we see every day in the faces of all those trying to find a safe haven in Norway. Many fleeing terror in their homeland. Autumn’s horrific events in Paris and other big cities have been dreadful reminders that values ​​our society is built, are under pressure. Terrorism knows no borders, and the goal is to create fear in the population. The terrorists want to rob us of life – our life. We will fight – with different agents. Where terrorists are attacking our lives with bombs, is our best defense, however, that we use values ​​as weapons.

As a backdrop for today’s great themes, hangs the threat of climate change. From Alaska to Antarctica, I’ve even seen some of the consequences.

Fortunately, there are bright spots. The international community’s effort to reach an agreement at the climate summit in Paris, ended considerably better than many had feared. Now begins the laborious work for a healthier planet.

We may have different opinions about how we should handle our common challenges. Nevertheless, it is important that we can talk about the tasks, because we are all affected by them. If we look back, we remember that we have been through difficult times before.

We mobilize the opposition. Norway is perhaps a small country, but together we have accomplished great things.

Our resources gives us significant opportunities – and great responsibility. Pippi Longstocking says: ‘He who is very strong must also be very kind.’ Many take on this responsibility. I will mention two examples:

After the terrorist attacks against Jews in Paris and Copenhagen in the beginning of the year, took a group of young Norwegian Muslims initiative to create a ring around the synagogue in Oslo. It was a simple and very dramatic action that showed courage and dedication through to care about others.

This autumn’s major refugee flow has reached us up close and personal life. Throughout our continent is experiencing a major challenge to welcome them back in a good way.

Many people across the country have collected and handed out clothes and food, taught in Norwegian and opened their homes to those who need it. Spontaneous action – and an expression of compassion. How have people been seen and important community building. 

I will tonight give a special thanks to the Norwegians who are in other countries to help people in need, and contributing to efforts to achieve peace and stability. Women and men in the armed forces, police, diplomatic and humanitarian operations and organizations doing important work we can all be proud of.

My thoughts tonight also goes to the families and those affected by avalanche accident in Svalbard right before Christmas. Volunteers and relief agencies also did here a big effort to help those affected.

When we in the Royal Family visiting around the country, we are struck by people’s enthusiasm and commitment. Communities are built in a country populated by people with visions and thoughts that Norway someday be left to our grandchildren. I am therefore optimistic. If we can still be true to, and can still develop our values ​​- such as trust, community and generosity – we can still create a good society for the many.

We have this fall been able to follow a TV series named date. It shows the life stories of famous and not so famous people. It states: ‘Everything starts somewhere. A date. And then come all these other things.’

Often it is the case – we know not always how it goes. Soon we will enter a new number in the calendar.

Together we will experience the ups and opposition, sorrows and joys. Each individual will experience new milestones in his life; dates we take with us the rest of your life. Some chose themselves, others chose us. Nonetheless, I hope that we together, in one year, you look back and think that the year was good.

We are all in a line. Some went ahead. Others come by. Let’s take care of each other and make the best of every moment.

We find enough forward.

I wish every one of you a Happy New Year!”

Members of the Norwegian Royal Family Attend Christmas Service in Oslo.

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On Thursday, December 25, 2015, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway accompanied by Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Mr. Ari Behn along with their two children attended Christmas service at Holmenkollen Chapel in Oslo.

Click here to view several photos.

(VIDEO) TMs King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway Attend the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

On December 10, 2015, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony held at the Oslo City Town Hall in Oslo, Norway.

The Nobel Peace Prize  was awarded to the National Dialogue Quartet for its “…decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” 

HM Queen Sonja of Norway Attends a Special Mass in Oslo.

queen sonjaOn Thursday, December 3, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway attended a special Mass at the  Church of St. Olav in Oslo.  The Mass was held in remembrance of the innocent victims of the November 13, 2015, Paris terrorist attacks.

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(VIDEO) HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Visits Paris, France.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, November 3, 2015, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway arrived in Paris, France to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as well as to participate in the opening ceremony of the 38th session of UNESCO General Conference.

According to the UNESCO official website the future King of Norway also:

“…held meetings with representatives of the Organization’s Culture sector on the need to protect cultural heritage and UNESCO’s campaign, Unite4Heritage.  He also met with representatives from the Education sector on the importance of education for sustainable development and global citizenship.

Prince Haakon also attended a lunchtime event with UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration.  The declaration provides States with the opportunity to commit support for education in situations of armed conflict.” 

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Photos courtesy of UNESCO

(VIDEO) HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens an Exhibition in Amsterdam.

beatrixOn Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of Netherlands accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway officially opened the exhibition, Munch:Van Gogh, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

The exhibition focuses on the:

“…the parallels between two iconic artists, Vincent Van Gogh and Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch. Their visions on life and art are closely related, despite the fact that they never met. Their work is colourful, intense, expressive and radical. Their lives are remarkably similar in many ways. 

For the first time, Munch:Van Gogh, studies in detail the similarities between both artists. Among more than one hundred artworks, there are several iconic masterpieces and works on special loan which are rarely lent out, such as ‘The Scream’ and ‘Madonna’ by Edvard Munch and ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’ and ‘Patience Escalier’ by Vincent van Gogh.”

Munch: Van Gogh will open to the public at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on September 25-January 17, 2016.

Please click here and here to view photos.

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

A Royal Gathering in Norway.

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Over the weekend Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway hosted a “royal heirs gathering” of sorts at their modest summer home, Mågerø.

Attending the royal get–together were TRHs Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and their four children, HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her daughter, HRH Princess Estelle, TRHs Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg, HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, and HH Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway.

Unfortunately, HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden did not attend the gathering.  According to the Norwegian royal court, the prince had a cold.

Photo courtesy of the Norwegian royal court

(VIDEO) European Royals Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

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On Friday, June 5, 2015, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway, and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.

Since 1948, The Duke of Edinburgh became a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and in 1953 he became Admiral of the RYS.

For more information about today’s celebrations as well as to watch a video and to view photos please click the links below.

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News Regarding HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.

cphaaOn Thursday, May 28, 2015, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway attended the 75th anniversary celebrations of the liberation of Narvik.

If you are interested in learning more about the Battles of Narvik (aka the Norwegian Campaign) please click here and/or here.

To view photos from today’s event please click here and here.

Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

(VIDEOS) HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Opens the Norwegian Festival of Literature.

norway1On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway opened the 2015 Norwegian Festival of Literature in Lillehammer.  Established in 1995, the NFL is largest literature festival in all of Scandinavia with over 24,000 visitors last year.

Those attending this fantastic event this year can look forward to seeing Canadian author, Ms. Margaret Atwood as well as the “… Jordanian comic writer Bakhit Suleiman, up and coming French author Edouard Louis, and renowned Chinese author, Bei Dao (who will give the opening address)…” according to a press release.

Prior to her arrival to the festival Crown Princess Mette-Marit was aboard the Train of Literature which began in Trondheim to Hamar.

Please click here to watch videos.

 Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Open an Exhibit in Oslo.

HM Queen Sonja of NorwayOn Saturday, May 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the exhibit, Van Gogh+Munch, at the Munchmuseet in Oslo.

The exhibition, in collaboration with the Munchmuseet and the Van Gogh Museum, explores the:

“…similarities and connections between these two artists; those that immediately jump out at you as well as those that exist on a deeper level. Rather than uncritically accepting established perceptions, the exhibition will take a closer look at their artistic point of departure, the influences they were exposed to, the development in style and technique and what artistic goals they set for themselves, and in this way create a deeper understanding of why these artists are so often compared to each other.

The exhibition will encompass approximately 75 paintings and 30 works on paper, including about ten comparative works by other artists. Both museums will contribute a discerning selection of major works for the exhibition, complemented by important loans from other museums and private collectors. The catalogue will contain articles related to the exhibition’s various themes, in addition to texts that treat other subjects, such as the artists’ writings and the history of the reception of their work. In addition to articles by the curators of the exhibition, well-known art historians such as Jill Lloyd, Uwe Schneede and Reinhold Heller will also contribute texts.”

Van Gogh + Munch will be open to the public until September 6, 2015.

Please click here to view photos.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Opens the Nordiske Paviljongen.

kongehusetOn Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway officially opened the  Nordiske Paviljongen at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, in Venice, Italy.

During today’s event the crown princess presented, Rapture, American-born and Norwegian-based artist, Ms. Camille Norment.  According to a press release, Rapture, is a:

“…site-specific multi-sensory space structured in three parts; a set of performances by musicians and vocalists unfolding during the opening days and at specific times during the Biennale, and a series of three publications, which explore the relationship between the human body and sound, through the visual, the sonic and the architectural body.

Included is a composition by a chorus of 12 voices, and a new performance by the artist’s ensemble activating the rare glass armonica. This 18th century instrument creates music from the seductive touch of fingers on glass and water that has mesmerized the listener, as well as been feared and even banned.

Rapture will explore the relationship between the human body and sound, through the visual, the sonic and the architectural body, in a multi-sensory experience. The excitation of the body in our times is a site of contestation, as much a space of misuse, military and other, as it is of affirmation, as in the performative utterance of free speech, and the power of the body to assert its very existence.”

Please click here to view photos.

Photo courtesy of Kongehuset