Royal cousins gain some glory

Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra has followed a royal tradition of taking part in competitive sports. That left her with a junior national championship over the weekend, while her cousin Maud Angelica Behn emerged as Norway’s “bravest woman of the year.” Behn has no royal title herself, but she’s the daughter of Princess Martha Louise, Ingrid […]

King Harald released from the hospital

Doctors at Norway’s national hospital (Rikshospitalet) think King Harald V was doing well enough after heart surgery last week that they released him on Monday. “The king is in good shape,” said the head of the 83-year-old monarch’s medical team, Dr Bjørn Bendz. King Harald left the hospital Monday afternoon in one of the Royal […]

King Harald’s heart surgery ‘went well’

UPDATED: King Harald V was back in the hospital this week after doctors decided that he needed surgery to replace a heart valve. The valve connected to his aorta had been surgically inserted during an operation in 2005, and a new operation on Friday was said to have gone well. The 83-year-old monarch was just […]

Monarch’s sick leave extended

King Harald V won’t be getting back to work just yet. The Royal Palace announced Sunday that the monarch needs more examinations and recovery time after first experiencing breathing problems on September 25. King Harald was admitted to Norway’s national hospital on September 25 but released early last week. He was put on sick leave […]

MP group wants to end the monarchy

Members of Parliament from five separate political parties are behind a proposal to change Norway’s constitution by phasing out the monarchy. They claim that it’s “unfair” for powerful positions to be inherited, and they want to change Norway’s form of government to a republic. Proposals to end the monarchy regularly come up in Norway but […]

King hospitalized, Corona ruled out

UPDATED: Norway’s 83-year-old monarch, King Harald V, was admitted to the national Rikshospitalet Friday morning with what appeared to be a respiratory ailment. The Royal Palace was quick to announce that the Corona virus, Covid-19, had been ruled out, but the monarch was later put on sick leave until October 4. The king had braved […]

Royals’ integration was difficult, too

A new biography of Norway’s late King Olav V reflects how the country’s own royal family has also had to face the challenges of being immigrants expected to integrate. Olav underwent not only a name change but also grew up with a mother who didn’t speak Norwegian, isolated herself from Norwegian society and took him […]

Princess chooses public high school

Norway’s Royal Palace confirmed on Monday that Princess Ingrid Alexandra will start her secondary school education at the popular Elvebakken High School in Oslo this fall. It’s the largest public high school in the Norwegian capital, with 1,400 students and 150 teachers. The 16-year-old heir to Norway’s throne reportedly chose Elvebakken herself. She started out […]

A ‘different’ May 17th remained festive

SEE THE PHOTOS: This year’s celebration of Norway’s annual Constitution Day holiday on the 17th of May will go down in history for its cancelled parades, scaled-down ceremonies and Corona virus-induced social distancing. It remained festive in the capital, though, as Norwegians made the best of a difficult situation. Spirits were definitely raised when the […]

Royals went on display after all

After weeks of announcements that the royal family wouldn’t be waving to the masses as usual on the 17th of May, King Harald V and some of his closest family members made an appearance anyway. Then they set off on a surprise drive around Oslo in open vintage cars, including a swing through the grounds of […]