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The Crown Prince is a very, very good friend of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The same is true of his relationship with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. They meet often, both at home with each other and around the world. They are closer together than I was with my cousins
—  Queen Margrethe

Mette Marit Tjessem Høiby, the fiancée of Crown Prince Haakon, curtsies respectfully low to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II before attending a dinner during a state visit by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in Oslo, Norway. || May 31, 2001

The Danish Royal Court has announced good news! In May, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will come to Sweden for an official visit. On the court’s website it reads that Mary and Frederik will travel to Sweden on the 29th to 30th May for a so-called business thrust together with representatives of Danish companies.

But Mary and Frederik will also have time to socialize with their godchildren, Estelle and Oscar. The Danish Crown Prince Couple are close friends with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, and they often spend time together privately. One of Estelle’s middle names is Mary after her godmother. Crown Prince Frederik is godfather to Prince Oscar.

“The Crown Prince is a very, very good friend of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The same is true of his relationship with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. They meet often, both at home with each other and around the world. They are closer together than I was my cousins, as the three heirs, faith is closer in age.” Queen Margrethe has recently said of the heirs of Scandinavia and their relationship together.

—  Svenskdam
An open letter from Crown Princess Mette-Marit about her son Marius for his 20th birthday


20 years ago, ever since Marius opened his eyes for the first time, I’ve primarily been a mother. I was 23 years old and got a big responsibility. It has been the greatest gift in my life.

Marius has always had a role that has been difficult to define in the public domain. He is and remains an exceptionally important part of our family. Marius became a symbol of the unusual election we did when we got married, while he will not bear public duties as his siblings. He should not have a public role and is not a public person. 

The role has also proved difficult to interpret for people around us in private. Ever since he was tiny. Everything from parents who have come with concerns and well-intentioned advice to teachers who have always had other expectations for Marius’ behavior than others. And I’m no better myself. As a mother I take often have expectations from Marius behavior that are unrealistic, and different than what I would have had to his siblings.  

When Marius was small, we had mostly journalists who firmly stood outside the house where we stayed. NRK TV news followed us when we were playing in Frogner Park in the afternoon. Marius was 3 years. Not even See and Hear would think of doing it against a child today. Luckily. But the fact that Marius is 20 does not mean that he is fair game again.  

The last few years have been characterized by a trend as a Mom I’d of course rather do without. Marius has been subjected to pressure from parts of the Norwegian press, I do not have them worthy.  

Some media have chosen to write about youthful indiscretion. It would be unnatural if there were examples of this. I am certainly glad that all my youth rebellion was not followed with Argus eyes. It had seen much worse. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the media have treated Marius his adolescence with prudence. 

Life is fragile. And beautiful. If we take it seriously we try well to see the nuances, and people throughout, with options, instead we try to push them into small rooms of prejudice. I sincerely hope that the archetypes that seem to characterize a small part of the media-Norwegian interpretation of a 20-year-old’s life gets resistance. 

 Marius does not want to live a life in public. My commitment to him as a mother is to take the responsibility that was given me at Aker Hospital 20 years ago seriously. Therefore I will now ask some Norwegian media let him be allowed to drop a focus he wants, when he now partly for that reason choose to go abroad to study. 

 Tomorrow he travels out into the world. A rare beautiful young man, with an open mind. As a mother, I could not have been prouder. 

And to you other 20- year olds out there, I’m so proud and impressed by who you are. Through my work and all the contact over the years I have had with Marius friends and their acquaintances, I have seen something of what you stand in. I wish you all well. 

 And remember.

”Life is the only way.
To get covered in leaves,
Catch your breath on sand,
Rise on wings;

To be a dog,
Or stroke its warm fur;
To tell pain
From everything it´s not;

To squeeze inside events,
Dawdle in views,
To seek the least of all possible mistakes;

An extraordinary chance
To remember for a moment
A conversation held with the lamp
switched off;

And if only once
To stumble on a stone,
End up soaked in one downpour or
Another,

Mislay your keys in the grass;
And to follow a spark on the wind with
Your eyes;

And to keep on not knowing
Something important


(«A Note», Wislawa Szymborska)

This was posted on the Norwegian Royal Family website and I did my best with google translate and having it make sense. 

“20 years ago I saw Marius open his eyes for the first time,

I’ve primarily been a mother.

I was 23 years old and got a big responsibility.

It has been the greatest gift in my life.

Marius has always had a role that has been difficult to define in the public domain. He is and remains an exceptionally important part of our family.

Marius became a symbol of the unusual election we did when we got married, while he will not bear public duties as his siblings. He should not have a public role and is not a public person.

The role has also proved difficult to interpret for people around us in private. Ever since he was tiny. Everything from parents who have come with concerns and well-intentioned advice to teachers who have always had other expectations for Marius their behavior than others. And I’m no better myself. As a mother I take often have expectations from Marius their behavior that are unrealistic, and different than what I would have had to his siblings.

When Marius was small, we had mostly journalists who firmly stood outside the house where we stayed. NRK TV news followed us when we were playing in Frogner Park in the afternoon. Marius was 3 years. Not even See and Hear would think of doing it against a child today. Luckily. But the fact that Marius has been 20 does not mean that he is fair game again.

The last few years have been characterized by a trend I like Mom course’d rather do without. Marius has been subjected to pressure from parts of the Norwegian press, I do not have them worthy.

Some media have chosen to write about youthful indiscretion. It would be unnatural if there were examples of this. I am certainly glad that all my youth rebellion was not followed with Argus eyes. It had seen much worse. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the media have treated Marius his adolescence with prudence.

Life is fragile, you. And beautiful. If we take it seriously so we try well to see the nuances, and people throughout, with options, instead we try to push them into small rooms of prejudice.

I sincerely hope that the archetypes that seem to characterize a small part of the media-Norwegian interpretation of a 20-year-old’s life gets resistance.

Marius does not want to live a life in public. My commitment to him as a mother is to take the responsibility that was given me at Aker Hospital 20 years ago seriously. Therefore I will now ask some Norwegian media let him be allowed to drop a focus he wants, when he now partly for that reason choose to go abroad to study.

Tomorrow he travels out into the world. A rare beautiful young man, with an open mind. As a mother, I could not have been prouder.

And you others 20- year olds out there. I’m so proud and impressed by who you are. Through my work and all contact I over the years have had with Marius their friends and acquaintances, I have seen something of what you stand in. I wish you all well.

And remember.

‘Life is the only way. Two get covered in leaves, Catch your breath on sand, Rise on wings;

To be a dog, Or stroke its warm fur; Two tell pain From everything it’s not;

Two squeeze inside EVENTS Dawdle in views, Two seek the least of all possible mistakes;

An extraordinary chance To remember for a moment A conversation held with the lamp switched off;

And if only once Two stumble on a stone, End up soaked in one downpour or Another,

Mislay your keys in the grass; And follow a kick on the wind with Your eyes;

And to keep on not knowing Something IMPORTANT’”

-Marius 20 år

Open letter from Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit on the occasion of Marius’ 20th birthday.

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February 16, 2017 || New photos of the Norwegian Royal Family have been released on the occasion of King Harald’s 80th birthday on 21 February.

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The wedding of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg & Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

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The ruling royal couples and the heir apparents of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Spain, & The United Kingdom, with their signatures.

  • King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Crown Prince Daniel of Sweden.
  • King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.
  • Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Frederik, and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
  • King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, and Leonor, Princess of Asturias, of Spain.
  • Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall/Rothesay of The United Kingdom.