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Tributes are paid to royal reporter Kjell Arne Totland who has died aged 74

Tributes have been paid to royal reporter Kjell Arne Totland who has died at the age of 74 following a short illness.

Totland, who was royal correspondent for Norwegian TV station TV 2, regularly appeared in the media across the globe to offer commentary on The Royal Family of Norway, as well as royals from across Europe.

The respected broadcaster and journalist died in the early hours of Wednesday morning his family have said.

The Norwegian Royal House has confirmed they have learned of Totland’s death saying: “Our condolences go to his immediate family.”

TV 2’s Editor-in-Chief, Olav Sandnes, led tributes to the journalist, saying: “Today we are primarily in TV 2 sad because we have lost a dear colleague who has meant a lot to our coverage of Norwegian and European royal houses, but also to the Norwegian press.

“It is with sadness we received the message today that Kjell Arne is no longer with us.”

Journalist Johan Nelvik echoed these words, saying: “Kjell set a new standard for royal journalism with his vast and vast knowledge of detail.”

Royal Central’s Senior Europe Correspondent, Oskar Aanmoen, worked alongside Kjell Arne Totland whilst covering the activities of the Norwegian royals.

He said: “It was nice to work with such a knowledgeable man for the past three years in covering the Norwegian royal house. I have known Totland personally since 2013.

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