Category Archives: Norwegian Royals

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Attends the Inauguration of the Utøya Memorial.

On Saturday, June 18, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway attended the inauguration of the Utøya Massacre Memorial on the island of Utøya, Norway.

According to the newspaper, The Local Norway, on July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik:

“…set off a truck bomb near the government offices in Oslo, killing eight people, before heading to the island of Utøya. There, disguised as a police officer, he shot dead 69 others, mostly teens, attending a Labour Party youth-wing summer camp.

He said he killed his victims because they embraced multiculturalism.”

The Utøya Memorial has 77 narrow bronze columns, with the “…first curved arc aimed at the sun as it stood in the sky when the bomb exploded in Oslo. The second arc is aimed at the sun as it stood in the sky during the attack on Utøya.”

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian royal court

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway Gives a Speech During the Gala Dinner Held on the Occasion of her 18th Birthday.

On the evening of June 17, 2022, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway gave a speech during the gala dinner held on the occasion of her 18th birthday at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

Here is what she had to say:

Your Majesties
Your Royal Highnesses
President of the Storting
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Dear family and friends
Ladies and gentlemen,

To begin with, I would like to thank the Prime Minister and the rest of the Government once again for the fantastic event at Deichman library last night. I could not have received a better gift.

I would also like to thank my grandmother and grandfather for giving me this lovely party.

And I would like to thank all of you who have travelled from all over Europe and the United States to be here today. I really appreciate your taking the time to come to Norway for this celebration. The last couple of years we have not been able to see each other much, so I have really been looking forward to having you all here today.

Mamma and Pappa, thank you for everything you have given me.

Mamma,
We can talk about anything and everything. It makes me glad that we can lie on the sofa and watch series
[television] together.

I so appreciate everything that you do for me.

Pappa,
Thank you for taking us out skiing and surfing and other great activities. You always help sort things out and stay calm when the rest of us aren’t.

I am enormously grateful for your help and support, and I know that you will always will be there for me.

I love you both very much.

Dear Marius and Magnus.
You are my safety net. I know I can always come to you when something is bothering me.

Marius,
Thank you for everything I have learned from you, and for being able to talk to me about everything. Thank you for always being there to protect me.

Magnus, you are always nice to me when I need it. Thank you for the hugs that you usually give me when I have had an extra tough day.

I am so proud to have you both as my brothers.

Dearest Grandpa, I always have such a good time when I am with you. Thank you for the evenings on the Royal Yacht, where we sit together and watch sports and cowboy movies. And thank you most of all for always having a good joke ready when the mood gets a little gloomy.

Dearest Grandma Sonja, thank you for bringing us along on so many interesting trips and adventures. Especially for all the outdoor hikes and for the stories and goodnight songs that Maud and I, anyway, will remember forever.

And dearest Grandma Marit, thank you for all the fun things you have told us. Thank you for always coming to take care of us children, and for all of our enjoyable evenings of sitting and chatting.

My dear aunts and uncles and cousins,
Every since I was a little girl, you have made me feel safe. I am very grateful to you for that.

And finally, I would like to thank all my friends.
Thank you for always making it so much fun to be together and for always cheering me up.

It makes me very proud to call all of you my family and my friends.
You all mean the world to me.

One of the best things about Norway is our democracy.
That we are free to believe in what we want to.
That we are free to say what we want to.
That we are free to love who we want to.

I am so lucky to have grown up in Norway. I have been able to experience our magnificent nature, surfing at Unstad, hot summer days along the southern coast, and snow-capped mountains in Røldal.

And not least, I have been able to meet so many wonderful people who live in different parts of our country.

We are lucky to live in a country that is constantly evolving.
Where we have trust in one another and in our authorities.
In Norway, we are committed to combating climate change.
We are committed to diversity.
We are committed to freedom of expression.

And most importantly, we are determined to continue finding better solutions than the ones we already have.

We all have our place in this society.
We are different, we have been given different tasks, and we know how to do different things.

Together we make up the Norway we love so much.

Thank you.

Future Heirs to European Thrones Pose for a New Photo Ahead of HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s Gala Birthday Dinner.

On Friday, June 17, 2022, the Norwegian royal court released a photo of the future heirs to European thrones ahead of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s gala dinner held at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

In the back row (L-R) Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Oranje (not Orange) and Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of the Belgians, Duchess of Brabant.

In the front row (L-R) Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle of Sweden, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Luxembourg.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway is wearing the late Her Royal Highness Princess Ingeborg of Sweden’s Boucheron diamond and pearl tiara. Her decoration is the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav.

Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Oranje is wearing the Dutch diamond Star tiara and her decoration is the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands.

Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of the Belgians, Duchess of Brabant is wearing what looks to be the late Queen Elisabeth’s necklace turned into a tiara or it could be a new tiara. Her decoration is the Order of Leopold.

The Norwegian Royal Family Celebrate National Day 2022!

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 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, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, and His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway celebrated National Day in Oslo and Asker.

The day began in Asker where Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit along with their two children Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra and His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus welcomed the Children’s Parade outside their home, Skaugum. 

Thereafter, the Crown Princely family arrived at the Royal Palace in Oslo where they joined Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway on the balcony to watch another parade as well as to wave to the thousands of Norwegians who came to the palace to see their royal family and watch another parade.

Happy National Day, Norway!

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian royal court

(VIDEO) HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Sends a Video Message During the Opening of the Kristiansand Internasjonale Barnefilmfestival.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, as Patron, sent a video message during the opening of the Kristiansand Internasjonale Barnefilmfestival (Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival).

According to the Norwegian royal court, the film festival is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and it is Norway’s largest cultural events for children and young people:

“The program during this year’s festival includes 80 films from 23 different production countries. Both feature films, short films and documentaries are shown. In addition to film screenings, script competitions, seminars and workshops for the film industry are also arranged. The festival’s target group is mainly children aged 6-13, but it is also an important meeting place for everyone who works with the development, production and dissemination of films for children and young people in Norway.”