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One charged after shooting of soldier at the Norwegian Royal Family’s summer residence


Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central

One person has been charged after a soldier was admitted to hospital after a shooting at the Norwegian Royal Family’s summer residence, Mågerø.

The incident occurred during a military exercise, and no royals were present on the estate at the time of the shooting.

The situation has garnered a significant amount of attention in Norway, and late in the night on 1 December, it emerged in a press release that a person has been charged by the police in the case.

The Norwegian southeastern police district stated that a young female conscript was shot during an exercise on 30 November and is still being treated at Oslo University Hospital. The woman is seriously injured, but her injuries are said to not be life-threatening.

As a result of the episode, a soldier has been charged with the careless handling of weapons after police said they questioned a number of people who witnessed the incident. The soldier was also questioned on 1 December about what happened.

Since the incident, police have been on scene and an investigation has been launched. The Armed Forces currently uses the Mågerø Estate and the surrounding area as a training zone.

The Mågerø Estate is the Norwegian Royal Family’s favourite place in the summer and is an isolated cabin on a southern Norwegian island located within the area of a military camp. The royal couple’s private summer resort, Mågerø, is located in an area called Tjøme – just south of the city of Tønsberg. In 1992, the King and Queen wanted to design their new summer resort, and more than 60 architects expressed their interest.

The land on which the property stands is owned by the Norwegian Armed Forces. The King rents the plot from the defence but owns the buildings privately.

In the summer of 1993, the Norwegian Royal Family was able to use the residence for the very first time. The facility consists of several buildings, and several significant anniversaries have been celebrated there. The Royal Family has observed, among other things, Crown Prince Haakon’s 45th birthday at Mågerø. It has also been the location of a number of private parties and celebrations as the property is quite hidden from the outside world.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.