Royals’ private trip starts with royal treatment

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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit have launched the lengthy, private journey they’re taking with their children “to meet people and experience other cultures.” Their odyssey began in royal style.

This was the photo the Royal Palace attached to its notice that Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon are taking two months off. PHOTO: Sølve Sundsbø / Det kongelige hoff

The royal couple and their three children reportedly flew out of Oslo on Saturday on board Turkish Airlines, which upgraded them with VIP-class food and entertainment, the best the airline could offer.

The airline also provided a Norwegian pilot, apparently because it’s aware of the crown princess’ fear of flying and wanted the pilot to be able to communicate with her in her own language.

Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the family traveled on to Amman, Jordan Tuesday night. Palace officials have claimed the trip is private and that the family wants to be undisturbed during the journey.

They’re not expected back in Norway until late January, meaning their children have been taken out of school for two months. That’s caused controversy in Norway, where teachers and school officials want holidays restricted to vacation periods and don’t want parents to take their children out of school during the normal term.

While school officials claim the royals are setting a bad example, the royals claim their children have course work with them so they can keep up with their classmates.

Views and News staff