Crown Prince backs climate strikes

Thousands of Norwegian school students were mounting demonstrations around the country again on Friday, to demand that politicians do more to stop climate change. Now they’ve won the support of Crown Prince Haakon, who told a German magazine this week that he thinks the school climate strikes taking place around the world are “enormously important.” […]

Palace to confront princess over title

As King Harald and Queen Sonja got ready to wave from the balcony of the Royal Palace on Norway’s Constitution Day Friday, a confrontation seems to be looming inside palace chambers. Palace officials have finally broken their silence on the uproar around Princess Martha Louise’s commercial use of her royal title. “We’re following the debate […]

Princess refuses to give up her title

Norway’s Princess Martha Louise is creating credibility problems and even “a catastrophe” for the reputation of the Norwegian royal family, editorialized newspaper Dagsavisen this week. Fædrelandsvennen, the major daily in the hometown of the princess’ own sister-in-law Crown Princess Mette-Marit, urged Martha Louise to give up her title, but Martha Louise refuses to do so as criticism […]

Princess stirs up more controversy

It had been unusually quiet around Norway’s Princess Martha Louise, whose own father, King Harald, warned her new then-husband back in 2001 to always expect the unexpected. Now the since-divorced member of the royal family is embarking on a tour called “The Princess and the Shaman,” offering advice on “how to get in touch with your […]

Royals headed for the hills

King Harald and Queen Sonja are among the hundreds of thousands of Norwegians who’ve traveled to higher elevations to spend the Easter holidays in the mountains. The royals have their own family cabin known as Prinsehytta in Sikkilsdalen, in the mountains just west of Gudbrandsdalen. “Sikkilsdalen is very important for us,” King Harald said during […]

Royals confronted again, now over oil

For the second time in as many weeks, members of Norway’s royal family have been confronted while abroad with what’s seen as the hypocrisy of Norwegian climate and environmental policy. Crown Prince Haakon was the latest to receive a plea for help, this time in a South Pacific island nation that’s threatened by the carbon […]

Royals confronted over salmon farms

King Harald and Queen Sonja experienced an unusual end to their six-day state visit to Chile over the weekend, when they were suddenly surrounded by angry demonstrators in the southern city of Punta Arenas. The royal couple took it in stride, with the monarch even claiming that it was a good example of Chile’s hard-won […]

Norway’s young princess grows up

Royalists and government buildings raised their flags, and the royal yacht was sporting its own festive signal flags on Monday. It was Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 15th birthday, and she topped the palace’s own website. “Gratulerer med dagen, Prinsesse Ingrid Alexandra!” read the congratulatory headline, along with a new portrait of the second-in-line to Norway’s throne […]

Monarch calls for better behaviour

King Harald V dutifully refrained from expressing any political opinions in his annual New Year’s address to the nation. He seized the opportunity, though, to call for better behaviour and more mutual respect among his fellow adult Norwegians. “We must treat one another in a proper manner,” King Harald said in his traditional, nationally televised […]

Royals headed for the holiday hills

Norway’s royal family headed for the hills above Oslo this year, for traditional Christmas holidays at the monarch’s timber lodge called Kongsseteren. They posed for a family portrait before leaving, minus Princess Martha Louise and her family. Like many families, the royals have alternated both locations and which sides of the family they gather with […]