The Norwegian Royal Family has released their annual Christmas photos today. This is an annual tradition for the Norwegian Royal Family. Ever since World War II, the Royal Family has sent out an official Christmas greeting to the Norwegian people, and in the past decades, they have also added pictures of the whole family.
This year’s Christmas pictures are from The Queen’s Park which is the private part of the castle park affiliated with the Royal Norwegian Castle in Oslo. In this part of the park, there is a small summer house, and it is the subject of this year’s Christmas card. The King, the Queen, the Crown Prince Couple and their two children were photographed sitting in front of the summer house. The summer house is decorated with lights, and there are Christmas trees around it. Around the Royal Family, it is decorated with candles.
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We can see in the pictures that the King and Queen are being served both clementines and Norwegian Christmas cookies by their two grandchildren, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. They are also served hot mulled wine. The Royal Court says that the cups they are drinking mulled wine from were painted by King Harald’s older sister, Princess Astrid.
It is unusual for the Royal Family to be photographed outdoors. Last year, the family was photographed at Skaugum, which is Crown Prince couple’s official residence. In 2014, they were photographed at the castle in Oslo. Several Norwegian newspapers and Norwegian royal commentators quickly saw that Princess Mette-Marit’s son, Marius Borg Høiby, is not in this year’s Christmas pictures.
You can see the photos on the Royal Court’s website.
Another tradition that Queen Sonja has is to make a visit to an institution or an organisation that does not normally receive royal guests. This year, she will visit a centre for drug addicts in Oslo. The Crown Prince Couple seems to have started the same tradition. This year, they handed out food to the homeless with the church and visited the Christmas workshop at Haug Elementary School.