The king’s speech struck a chord

Norway’s King Harald was drawing rave reviews on Friday after delivering what’s likely to be viewed as an historic speech that may even help preserve the future of the monarchy. One leading expert on rhetoric suggested that the speech should be set to music, as it reflected the modern Norway full of people from north […]

Royal garden party gathered a nation

King Harald and Queen Sonja hosted another garden party on Thursday, this one in their own backyard at the Royal Palace in Oslo. They invited 50 people from each of Norway’s counties plus Svalbard, along with a few hundred others including the prime minister. The idea was to celebrate a Norway in miniature. Norway is, according […]

Royal divorce ‘painful and sad’

Norway’s Royal Palace chose a Friday evening when many Norwegians are still on summer holiday to announce the first divorce within the modern Norwegian royal family. Princess Martha Louise and her author husband Ari Behn are going their separate ways after 14 years of marriage. “We have, like so many others, grown apart from one another, […]

Two kings go fishing on the Lærdal

Norway’s Lærdal River is legendary among wild salmon fishing enthusiasts, and has attracted royalty and international celebrities for years. This week the kings of both Sweden and Norway were among those casting their lines into the river, in the hopes of a good catch. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that King Carl Gustaf of Sweden arrived Sunday afternoon. […]

Monarchy faces more criticism

The canons were fired from Oslo’s Akershus Fortress at precisely noon on Monday, to celebrate Queen Sonja’s 79th birthday on the 4th of July. Not everyone is celebrating, however, as criticism grows over the royal family’s financial secrecy and the Royal Palace staff’s refusal to respond to calls for more openness. The palace staff even […]

Royals apologize for guard’s rough behaviour

Both the Royal Palace and the king’s police escort service have apologized to an elderly woman in Bodø, after one of the king’s bodyguards pushed her out of the way during the royal couple’s visit to Bodø last week. She fell and wound up in the hospital. Newspaper Avisa Nordland reported that the incident occurred at […]

Royals cruise through jubilee journey

King Harald and Queen Sonja have been sailing on their royal yacht down the Norwegian coast this week, arriving in Trondheim on Thursday for a special ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of their reign. The cruise itself will end in Kristiansand next Wednesday, where the royals can hope for better weather. The so-called jubileumsreise started last […]

State visit linked Norway and Poland

Poland’s new president, Andrzej Duda, arrived in pouring rain on Monday and left in sunshine on Wednesday after his first three-day state visit to Norway. He’s the second top official from Poland to visit Norway just this year, pointing up Poland’s interest in Norwegian energy and financial resources at a time when relations with the EU have […]

Terror threat raises some royal concerns

Norway’s royal family plans to travel to Stockholm this weekend for the Swedish king’s 70th birthday celebrations, but heighened terror concerns in Sweden may alter the party program. Officials at the Royal Palace are staying mum. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on Tuesday that Norwegian police are now re-evaluating the travel arrangements and security around the royal family. […]

Alarms ring over palace security

Five years after a lone right-wing terrorist drove a bomb-laden van right up to the entrance of Norway’s government headquarters, with devastating results, the Royal Palace in Oslo remains vulnerable to such an attack. Security experts are sounding alarms over an alleged lack of security at the historic home of King Harald and Queen Sonja in the heart […]