King turns 80 with 81 percent support

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s King Harald V was celebrating his 80th birthday on Tuesday on a winter holiday with his closest family. Among his gifts is a new public opinion poll showing that the monarchy is now supported by an overwhelming 81 percent of the Norwegian population, with many also claiming that there is substance behind all the royal symbolism. […]

Opera to be venue for royals’ parties

Canons roared at noon and flags flew in honour of King Harald’s 80th birthday on Tuesday, but the official celebration will be held in May, when the government hosts a party that will also hail Queen Sonja. She’ll turn 80 on the 4th of July. Details of the government-sponsored celebration have begun to emerge, and its […]

Princess Ingrid Alexandra now a teenager

Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra, second in line to the throne after her father Crown Prince Haakon, turned 13 over the weekend. If nothing unexpected occurs, she’ll eventually become Norway first reigning queen in more than 600 years. Newspaper Aftenposten pointed out on Saturday, Ingrid Alexandra’s birthday, that the last time a queen was monarch in […]

Little sympathy for Mette-Marit

A vague media complaint and public appeal for privacy issued by Crown Princess Mette-Marit on behalf of her now-20-year-old son Marius Borg Høiby has sparked criticism against both her and royal palace staff. Many claim Norwegian media have always been restrained in their coverage of Marius over the years, and point out that he’s active on social media […]

Crown princess tries to shield her son

Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit has set tongues wagging after using the royal family’s official website to publish an unusual “open letter” on the occasion of her older son’s 20th birthday. In it, she complains about unwanted media attention that he has attracted over the years and that he’s now heading off to college in California, not least to […]

Royals pressured to pay their own bills

As Norway’s royal family posed for annual, traditional Christmas photos this week, another tradition of shielding the royals from financial scrutiny was falling by the wayside. A majority in Parliament is now demanding more accountability and openness. The royal finances have been under pressure for the past year, since newspaper Dagbladet launched a series of articles […]

Royal infatuation sealed US support

“Intimate” and “private” is how author and royal researcher Tor Bomann-Larsen has described the “close relationship” between Norway’s Crown Princess Martha and US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II, when she lived in exile in the Washington DC area. One thing is clear: It sealed relations between Norway and the US, and helped boost Norway’s standing […]

Crown prince reveals his net worth

After a series of critical articles about the secrecy of royal finances in newspaper Dagbladet, Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon decided to disclose how he has calculated his net worth. He put it at NOK 9 million, plus some major real estate. Since the royals aren’t required to pay tax, neither he nor other family members turn […]

Car race film knocks out the king

The new Norwegian film about how Norway’s late King Haakon VII refused to cooperate with Nazi Germany after its invasion during World War II has drawn crowds, but not as large as those keen to see the sequel to a popular film about a car race around Norway. Børning 2 is also expected to roll over Kongens nei […]

Parliament opens with full formality

After driving through downtown Oslo in an open car under brilliantly sunny skies, King Harald V opened Norway’s 161st session of Parliament (Stortinget) on Monday with all the pomp and circumstance of decades gone by. The formal opening is a unique event when elected representatives, government ministers, top bureaucrats, court officials and the royals gather for […]