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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.

  • Jan M Keus

    “The British monarchy may have enough with themselves, they must represent an entire empire,” says Tor Bomann Larsen.
    This might be only part of the truth. Because there is no such as an entire empire anymore.
    Some arrogance might be much more the reason.

  • Lesleyc

    The UK was represented – just how many are we meant to send to make people happy? The historian quoted is woefully out of date, we no longer have an empire but we are a member of the Commonwealth.

    • nunyabidnessfoo

      The UK was represented by a man who extremely unlikely to become monarch. It’s not asking much for Charles and William, the most likely future kings of England, to attend major events in the lives of their royal cousins in other countries.

      • Lesleyc

        The Queen decides who represents her at events – and to be honest her choice is fine with me as a British taxpayer and the blood ties between the European royal families are becoming more diluted as time goes by.

        • nunyabidnessfoo

          It’s not about blood ties obviously. We are not paying for them to attend family reunions. Their role is to strengthen ties with other countries regardless of any kinship with other heads of state.

          • Lesleyc

            The Earl and Countess of Wessex do an admirable job in that regard when attending these events – Charles and William have other things to do.

      • QuietStorm

        I would be afraid these younger ones would muck things up. I think Edward and Sophie are chosen because of their maturity and following of tradition. Yes, they would be boring but at least they wouldn’t embarrass the royal house.

        • Lesleyc

          Edward and Sophie attended Willem and Maxima’s wedding 15 years ago at the same age that William and Kate are now. Charles attends weddings with the Wessex’s if it’s a Crown Prince or Princess marrying – he also attended Victoria and Daniel’s wedding with them.

        • nunyabidnessfoo

          What a stupid comment

      • Ethel Hansen Davey

        Edward and Sophie are wonderful representatives of the Royal Family. An articulate and hard working couple.


    I read an article a while ago that suggested the reason for the lack of attendance by the British Monarchy to other European royal events is actually Prince Charles. He and Camilla (not William and Kate) are actually the most senior members who would naturally represent at these events. But Prince Charles and Camilla would, of course, have to bow/curtsy to kings and queens who are much younger than him (Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, etc.) and apparently, that doesn’t sit well with him.

    We don’t know for sure, of course, the article cited “insiders”, whatever that means, but makes sense. A lot of monarchies have turned over to the new generation and even the crown prince/princess couples are a lot younger than him.

    • Lesleyc

      It used to be Prince & Princess Michael of Kent that used to attend, it was then passed on to the Edward and Sophie. Charles is too busy with other duties especially as his role is increasing as his mother ages and his father has stepped down. I think its making a mountain out of a molehill.

    • nunyabidnessfoo

      If true, that makes him look extraordinarily petty. With that said, foreigners should never be expected to bow or curtsy before any monarch. Only the monarch’s subjects (if even that) should be expected to.

  • vegastearoom

    Is that guy on the left holding the umbrella, the guy who plays Jasper on The Royals? {{{clutching pearls and my vinaigrette}}}

  • confused

    They just need to pay for their own bills. They should not expect the public to pay for their extravagant events.

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