Category Archives: Norway’s Royal Family

Kings and things

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Napoleon and Desiree’s part in Norway’s independence Judith Gabriel Vinje La Crescenta, Calif. Syttende Mai might be called the “king swapping” day, but throw in a famous courtesan turned queen and an even more famous jilted lover, and you’ve got... a famous movie, and the story of Norway’s independence. Until the late 800s, there was no single king in ...

2012: The Year in Review

By Kelsey Larson Managing Editor It’s our last issue of the year, and with it we’d like to offer some reflections on the highlights of 2012. This year was an interesting one for Norway, as it tried to make sense of the tragedies of July 22, 2011, through Anders Behring Breivik’s trial. The country also went through ...

Celebrating Royal birthdays

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja mark their 75th birthdays in joint celebration By Jess Larsen On May 31 King Harald and Queen Sonja attended a joint celebration of their 75th birthdays. King Harald, whose birthday was February 21, and Queen Sonja, whose birthday is July 4, decided to have a joint birthday celebration together. They decided ...

Knighted by the King

Consul Kim Nesselquist knighted into Royal Order of Merit in Seattle, Wash. Christy Olsen Field His Majesty King Harald of Norway has appointed Consul Kim Nesselquist to Knight, First Class to the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit was instituted by the late King Olav V on June 14, 1985, to recognize foreign ...

Celebrating Queen Margrethe

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark

On Sunday evening,Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja and Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the gala dinner at Christiansborg Castle. The dinner is the great celebration of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her reign as Regent for forty years. The Gala Dinner will take place in the ...

We hereby plant our beloved flag at the South Pole

Amundsen at the South Pole. Photo: Wikipedia

The centennial anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s arrival at the South Pole was commemorated Dec. 14, 2011. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon was in attendance at the festivities in the city of Tromsø, known as the gateway to the Arctic Ocean. Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen were prominent public figures who contributed to building Norway’s ...

“Julefotografering” at the Royal Palace

On Monday, December 19th, the Royal Family came together for a special occasion: to take some family Christmas photos. The photos were taken in the Red Lounge, where HM Queen Sonja read a fairytale to Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. The little prince had some trouble focusing as the Queen read, turning to ...

Oslo honors Nobel Peace Prize winners

The Nobel Prize winners with the royal family. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the weekend of December 9-11, Oslo hosted the Nobel Peace Prize events. This year’s prize was awarded in equal parts to three different women from Yemen and Liberia: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman. The prizes were handed out in a ceremony that began at 1 p.m. in Oslo’s City Hall. Present at the ...

New NRK series pokes fun at Royal Family

The "Monarkiet" characters. Photo: Qvisten Animation.

NRK's brand-new animated comedy web series will give an insight into what the royal family does behind closed doors. Together with Marit Synnøve Berg, Gustav Nilsen voices one of the characters in the series. Although they are currently making a living by poking fun at Norway's monarchy, the humorists feel a close relationship with the ...

Christmas at the Royal Palace

The Royal Couple with the artists that participated in the christmas concert.

"Christmas at the Castle" Their Majesties King and Queen invite for the first time televised Christmas concert at the royal palace. 01.12.2011 King and Queen invited 200 young people from the four projects that the Crown Princess's Fund works with, to a Christmas concert in the castle's Great Hall. Cooperation projects are "Run for your life," "street art ...