Norway

The 'Queen's Empty House' and one of Europe's most beloved kings

It was a quiet country house, described by several who knew it as ‘’little’’ and a ‘’pied a terre’, given as a wedding present to a royal couple who were expected to linger on the fringes of regal life. Yet on July 2nd 1903, it became the birthplace of one of the most popular and celebrated monarchs of the 20th century. For it was at Appleton House, on the Sandringham Estate, that…
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Crown Prince Haakon visits flood-affected areas

Norway has been hit by the worst floods in over 20 years. Last week, King Harald and Queen Sonja visited flood victims in Eastern Norway. Now Crown Prince Haakon has also shown his support for those who have been evacuated and have lost their homes. The visit began…
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An ultra modern tiara for a very modern queen

One of Queen Sonja’s most modern and unique tiaras was a gift from her husband on her 60th birthday. In 1997, Queen Sonja was presented with the Modern Gold Tiara, crafted by Millie Behrens. The tiara features golden strips of metal set with diamonds in the spacing and a central gemstone that can be changed between a red-orange topaz, a tourmaline, and a diamond. The tiara is truly…
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Purchase of Queen Sonja's art under strong criticism

Queen Sonja of Norway has sold more of her own art than ever before but now it’s brought some criticism. Over the summer, the Galleri Ullinsvin in Vågå municipality, owned by local authorities, has exhibited graphics and ceramics made by Queen Sonja. It has…
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Man arrested by Norwegian Royal Guard

A man has been arrested near to the Royal Palace in Oslo. A video circulating on social media shows a confrontation between a man and several guards in front of the palace. In the video, guards seem to try to arrest the man, who resists. The guards eventually…
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King Harald and Queen Sonja's love story becomes TV-series

The love story that has shaped Norwegian history is now becoming a TV drama series in Norway. King Harald stood firm against opposition to his choice of bride for nine years before he could finally marry Sonja Haraldsen. At a time when royal brides had to be royal, Sonja’s family was far from the perfect choice. However, the couple’s love won through and Sonja went on to become a…
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The beloved Crown Princess with devastating disease

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway is beloved in her country, and the Norwegian people were devastated to learn that she had been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis in 2018. What is the disease, and how does it affect the Crown Princess? Pulmonary fibrosis “is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more…
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