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“In other words: Norway is you. Norway is us (…) My greatest hope for Norway is that we will be able to take care of one another. That we will continue to build this country – on a foundation of trust, solidarity and generosity of spirit. That we will feel that we are, despite all out differences, one people. That Norway is one.” – 79-year-old King Harald V of Norway celebrating the diversity of his people and stressing the importance of support for refugees, religious tolerance and LGBT rights in a speech on 1 September 2016

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'I Was Utterly Alone' – Norway's Queen Sonja Speaks Out About Her Devastating Miscarriage 46 Years Ago
"I remember all the strange faces that bent over me when I was going into the hospital," Queen Sonja said

Almost 50 years after her tragic miscarriage aboard the royal yacht, Norway’s Queen Sonja is speaking out about her emotional experience.

“I remember all the strange faces that bent over me when I was going into the hospital,” Norway’s Queen Sonja said in an upcoming TV documentary. “It was horrid.”

The baby she lost would have been her first born, ahead of her eldest daughter, Princess Märtha Louise, 44, and her son, Crown Prince Haakon, 42.

The miscarriage marked a dark passage in the life of the then 32-year-old Crown Princess Sonja.

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Members of the Norwegian Royal Family attended the official ceremony for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. This year’s winner was shared between Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for their work and activism for children’s rights, in particular with education. In case you missed it, you can watch the entire ceremony here. Satyarthi gave a very moving speech at the ceremony, I suggest you watch it!

Source: Kongehuset

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King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s 25th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations, Part 1

On June 18th, 2001, guests attend a Performance at Gripsholm Castle. Some of the guests took it more seriously than the others.

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On 1 August 2016, King Harald and King Carl XVI Gustaf met in Lærdal where they went fishing together.

It is not everyday that two reigning kings are by the same river and also fishermen. But on Sunday King Carl Gustaf came to Laerdal and the next day King Harald joined him. There they both stayed in the Norwegian billionaire Hans Rasmus Astrups inn.

On one of the pictures you can see how the person instructing the king in the way he should go fishing. “It suggests that Carl Gustaf is not as familiar with fly fishing as our own King Harald,” writes Norwegian NRK.

Source: NRK.no

Various messages of solidarity with Brussels and Belgium regarding the recent terrorist attacks today.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

  • “It is with dismay that I and my family have taken note of the terrible events of Brussels. At this difficult time we all stand united against these merciless acts of terrorism and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

  • “With dismay and horror, my family and I received the news of the terrible events in Brussels. In this difficult moment, we are all united against this ruthless terrorism. Our thoughts go to the victims and their families.”

King Harald V of Norway

  • “I have received with great sadness the news of the atrocious attacks today in Brussels, which resulted in so many deaths and injuries. This tragedy in the heart of Europe reminds us once again of the importance of safeguarding our fundamental democratic values. On my, and the Norwegian people’s behalf, I send Their Majesties my deepest condolences, and I ask you to share my condolences and deep sympathy to the survivors and the Belgian people.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco

  • “I just learned of the horrible attacks which have been perpetrated at the airport and in the Brussels metro. With my family and the people of the Principality, I bow to the victims of these heinous acts of terrorism and to the grief of their families. Our thoughts also join the injured and all those affected by this tragedy in any capacity whatsoever. I want to assure you, Sir, and the Belgian people, of my sentiments of deep sympathy and profound solidarity in this cruel ordeal.”

King Felipe VI of Spain

  • Shocked by the attacks in the capital of Europe #Brussels. Our solidarity and support with Belgium, its institutions and the Belgian people. (Twitter)

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

  • “Deeply shocked by this tragedy in your country, the Grand Duchess and I express to you compassion on behalf of our people of Luxembourg. In these very dark times, we think with reverence of the victims of the attacks in Brussels and their families. Be assured of our unconditional solidarity in defending our common values.”

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

  • King Mohammed VI had a phone conversation with King Philippe of Belgium over terror attacks in Brussels
  • During the phone conversation, HM the King extended to King Philippe and the bereaved families of victims, who fell during these heinous terror acts, his heartfelt condolences and compassion, the statement added. The Sovereign also expressed Morocco’s strong condemnation of these despicable terrorist acts and the kingdom’s solidarity with the Belgian people, the statement said.

King Abdullah II of Jordan

  • His Majesty King Abdullah II called King Philippe of Belgium to express his condolences and deep sympathies for the victims of the terrorist bombings, that occurred at several sites in Brussels and killed or injured many innocent people.
  • During the telephone call, King Abdullah expressed his strong condemnation of these cowardly and criminal acts, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
  • King Abdullah earlier sent a cable of condolence to the Belgian monarch, government and people and the families of the victims, in which he expressed his strong indignation and condemnation of these terrorist attacks. His Majesty expressed Jordan’s solidarity with Belgium in these difficult circumstances, and in confronting the danger of terrorism.

Pope Francis

  • Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent the pope’s condolences March 22 to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels. 
  • “The Holy Father again condemns the blind violence which causes so much suffering, and he implores from God the gift of peace,” the message said.
  • The pope “entrusts to God’s mercy those who died and, in prayer, he shares the pain of their loved ones,” the message said. “He expresses his deepest sympathy to the injured and their families, as well as for all those providing assistance, "asking the Lord to give them comfort and consolation amid this ordeal.”

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Your Majesty,

I have with great sadness received the news of the horrific attacks today in Brussels, which resulted many killed and injured people.


This tragedy in the heart of Europe reminds us once again of the importance of protecting our core democratic values.


On behalf of myself and the Norwegian people, I send Your Majesty my condolences and I ask you to pass on my condolences and deepest sympathy to the bereaved and to the Belgian people.

—  Condolences message conveyed from His Majesty King Harald to His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium in connection with the attacks in Brussels translated with google translate.