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Why are Kate and William never at celebrations of the Scandinavian royals?

In recent years, the Scandinavian royal families have had a lot to celebrate – both weddings, childbirths and various anniversaries in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Just last month, the Norwegian royal couple celebrated their 80th birthdays with a great party in the capital, and royals from Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Monaco, Belgium, Spain, Greece and the United Kingdom were represented.

Why are Kate and William never present at royal celebrations in the Scandinavian nations? This question was recently asked by the Norwegian magazine KK, and they attempted to find the answers. The monarchy that was, perhaps, the least represented, and usually is, the British Royal Family.

The Countess of Wessex together with Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, at the celebrations of King Harald and Queen Sonja. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

At the 80th birthday celebrations of King Harald and Queen Sonja, only the Countess of Wessex was present in Oslo. Does this mean that the relationship between the Scandinavian royal families and their British counterparts is bad? KK has been interviewing experts of the Scandinavian royals to find the answer.

Tor Bomann Larsen, a Norwegian historian, has written many books about, among other things, Queen Maud of Norway, who was born as a Princess of the United Kingdom. He thinks it is not a bad relationship between the Scandinavian monarchies and the British. “The British monarchy may have enough with themselves, they must represent an entire empire,” says the historian.

Jan Erik Mustad, an expert in social affairs in the UK, says it is not that the relationship that has become cold, but that it is a renewal of the monarchy, as the younger guard has gradually taken over more representation missions on behalf of The Queen.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

The Norwegian Royal Family expert of the magazine Se og Hør, Caroline Vagle, points out that Sophie and her husband Prince Edward are those who always represent the British Royal Family at weddings and anniversaries in other countries. “They were also in Norway when Princess Märtha filled 40 years, as well as in her wedding and wedding of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit,” said Vagle to KK.

Therefore, the rumours can be denied that there is a bad relationship between the Scandinavian royal families and the British. It is simply that the British Royal Family has too many tasks that must be prioritised rather than fine parties with other monarchies.

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