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Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and family
« Reply #405 on: August 18, 2013, 01:04:41 PM »
Tomorrow august 19th will be Crown Princess Mette Marit's 40th birthday!!

Celebrations started today with a religious service in the Royal Park surrounding the Royal Palace,Oslo.
Over 350 guests were invited,mostly representing the charities the Crown Princess is Patron of or otherwise involved.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=18-08-2013%20Norway

Courtesy PPE
Je Maintiendrai

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Re: Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and family
« Reply #406 on: April 02, 2014, 10:22:10 AM »
Crown Princess Mette-Marit, underway on her own chartered "Book train" on the Trans-Polar Nordland Line from Bodø to Stjørdal to promote reading and literature, with a new theme on each station she is stopping at, reveals in an interview that she is a big fan of fellow sørlending (South Coast Norwegian) author Karl Ove Knausgård, hyped and praised for his six-volume authobiographical novel series called Min kamp (the Norwegian translation of Mein Kampf), translated into English as "My Struggle".

She did not just grow up in Kristiansand and drop out of school like the author, they also share a common shame issue going all the way back to childhood: A father who was an alcoholic. The death of the embarrassing fathers, which they loved and cut off, was very problematic for both of them and coïncidentally they used the same undertaker, so Mette-Marit recognizes Knausgård's descriptions of the funeral bureau from her own father's funeral.

The most memorable scene from Knausgård's six-volume œuvre is his and his brother's return to their native Kristiansand upon learning of their father's death and finding him dead in a total mess of months loads of empty bottles and garbage in the villa where he lived with his mother, their grandmother, who now, demented in a piss-soaked night dress, welcomes her grandsons, who roll up their sleeves and clean the disgusting house which once was their childhood paradise from attic to basement, litterally adding their tears to the soap water, before they bury their father. It's a profound and masterly written katharsis!

The last sentences from Knausgård's volume one resonated with Mette-Marit and she repeats them often:
For mennesket er bare en form blant andre former, som verden uttrykker igjen og igjen, ikke bare i det som lever, men også i det som ikke lever, tegnet i sand, stein og vann. Og døden, som jeg alltid hadde betraktet som den viktigste størrelsen i livet, mørk, dragende, var ikke mer enn et rør som springer lekk, en gren som knekker i vinden, en jakke som glir av en kleshenger og faller ned på gulvet.
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For humans are merely one form among many, which the world produces over and over again, not only in everything that lives but also in everything that does not live, drawn in sand, stone, and water. And death, which I have always regarded as the greatest dimension of life, dark, compelling, was no more than a pipe that springs a leak, a branch that cracks in the wind, a jacket that slips off a clothes hanger and falls to the floor.

On a more cozy note it can be added that HRH's train was met by the South Sami book bus in Snåsa, one of the few places this very endangered language is spoken.

http://ru-royalty.livejournal.com/2004866.html
« Last Edit: April 02, 2014, 10:33:18 AM by Превед »
Березы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и березы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and family
« Reply #407 on: April 05, 2014, 12:26:27 PM »
More pics from Litteraturtoget / Литературный поезд: http://ru-royalty.livejournal.com/2017125.html
And with snow, so that all the similarities to Russia are highlighted: Long train journeys, good books and alcoholism!
« Last Edit: April 05, 2014, 12:32:33 PM by Превед »
Березы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и березы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and family
« Reply #408 on: May 18, 2014, 03:38:58 AM »
Наследная Принцесса Ингрид Александра принимала участие в 200-летнего юбилея норвежской конституции в норвежском парламенте.
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Hereditary Princess Ingrid Alexandra took part in the 200th anniversary celebration of the Norwegian constitution in the Norwegian parliament.

See http://ru-royalty.livejournal.com/2126712.html and http://ru-royalty.livejournal.com/2127248.html.
Березы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и березы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and family
« Reply #409 on: August 23, 2015, 03:41:03 AM »
Norwegian crown princely couple face politicized criticism:

After attending the wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo in Italy, the crown princely family boarded the luxury yacht "Mia Elise" and cruised in the Tyrrhenian Sea. See pics. Renting the mega yacht costs $ 250 000 a week, roughly the whole annual appanage of the couple. So who is paying for this? The crown princely couple has refused to answer that question, something which has led to grave accusations of corrupt ties to Norwegian oligarchs.

A shady luxury yacht holiday in the Mediterranean awash with refugees and hotly debated rescue operations (also by Norwegian vessels) becomes an extra sensitive topic when the couple's brother-in-law, Ari Behn, publicly says he is ashamed that the Norwegian parliament has voted to only accept 8000 Syrian refugees. And when Crown Princess Mette-Marit flies directly from the fuel-guzzling yacht to the Norwegian-Swedish border to march in a "pilgrimage for climate justice" together with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. See pics.

It all sounds too much like cognitive dissonance.....

« Last Edit: August 23, 2015, 03:45:14 AM by Превед »
Березы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и березы», 1843 / 1856)