Norway grooms its future queen

Flags flew and canons roared at noon on Friday, when Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrated her 18th birthday and officially came of age. She’s the first woman in the country born to be a queen, and was undergoing a ceremonial crash course this week in the duties that lie ahead. As second in line to […]

Royal family drops Olympics in Beijing

None of the members of Norway’s royal family will be traveling to China next month to attend the Winter Olympics, confirmed palace officials on Tuesday. Their decision comes in the midst of heated debate over whether Norway should join other allies in boycotting the Olympics in Beijing, but the palace cited concern over Corona infection […]

F16 fighter jets fly into the sunset

PHOTO FEATURE: After decades of service, it’s twilight time for Norway’s fleet of F16 fighter jets. They’re being steadily replaced by new F35 fighter jets and taken out of service, but not without some ceremony and even royal fanfare. A few weeks ago, two more of the F16s left their longtime air station at Bodø […]

‘Harald & Sonja’ film wins funding

The long-supressed romance between Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja, and their nine-year battle to finally be allowed to marry, is now set to be the subject of a full-length feature film. The film, titled Harald & Sonja, has won NOK 12 million in financial support from the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI), and may become […]

Royals sent out a holiday greeting

King Harald and Queen Sonja were breaking with tradition like most others this Christmas, by not spending the holidays at their timber lodge in the hills above Oslo. The king also sent out a special televised greeting, a gesture usually reserved for New Year’s Eve. Norwegians watching state broadcaster NRK’s nightly newscast Dagsrevyen on Lille […]

NRK’s Emmy set off more debate

Loved abroad but criticized at home in Norway, state broadcaster NRK’s TV series Atlantic Crossing’s international Emmy award last week has been ridiculed just like the series was. Norwegian critics and historians blasted it for falsifying history and exaggerating the late Crown Princess Martha’s influence over US President Franklin D Roosevelt. “We should congratulate NRK and the […]

Dutch royals on state visit to Oslo

Canons roared and children cheered outside the Royal Palace in Oslo when the Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima arrived on Tuesday for the 100th state visit hosted by Norway’s own royal couple, King Harald and Queen Sonja. The Corona crisis halted all such pageantry but this week the flags and fancy clothes are back […]

Author still pans ‘Atlantic Crossing’

Norwegian historian and author Tore Rem published his second volume of a royal biography of King Olav V this week. He was not impressed that state broadcaster NRK’s TV-series about the royals’ war years,  Atlantic Crossing, was nominated for an Emmy Award in the US late last week. Rem and many others have panned the series as […]

Princess tests Corona positive

UPDATED: Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra, heir to the throne after her father and grandfather, has tested positive for the Corona virus. She’s the first member of the Royal Family to become infected with the virus and has been placed in isolation at the Crown Prince-family’s official residence, Skaugum in Asker, west of Oslo. The Royal […]

Crown Prince keen for early vaccination

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon has accepted an offer from the government to be vaccinated against the Corona virus ahead of schedule. The Royal Palace was allotted 11 extra vaccine doses and the 48-year-old crown prince is among those now poised to get a shot. The government’s decision to earmark 500 vaccine doses for Members of […]