Ever wondered what the Royal Family of Norway and His Majesty, King Harald of Norway and Her Majesty, Queen Sonja of Norway (picture above) are like? Why are they so loved by the Norwegian people? Read all about it here.
On a visit to Ålesund, a city on the west coast of Norway, the royal couple was to honor the eldest person in the city.
King Harald greeted the lady first and then Queen Sonja greeted her - the lady looked at the queen and said: "And who are you"? Sonja smiled and said: "I am the queen". The lady replied: "Oh, I didn't recognize you".
This story tells about how sweet and loving the Queen of Norway is. She communicates her kindness to the people of Norway and they love their charismatic queen and all the members of the Royal Family of Norway.
The Royal Palace of Norway
Coat of Arms (left)
The Flag of Norway
The King and Queen of Norway
The King of Norway and His Royal Family are honored and loved by the Norwegians.
They visit small towns as well as the big cities, constantly keeping in touch with the people.
It not uncommon to see the royal couple being out for a walk in the park or on skis on the slopes.
Also, the royal family of Norway travels all around the world, representing their country and supporting many worthy causes.
"To be king is not a job, but an existence", said His Majesty King Harald while the relaxed royal couple met with journalists from many Nordic countries.
Questions comprised of everything from the future of the Norwegian Monarchy; terror threats against Norway; the rich gas and oil adventures in Norway, to raising children. (Source: Henrik Width, Presseråd, Den Norske Ambassade, Finland).
The Norwegian Royal Couple H.M. King Harald and H.M. Queen Sonja.
In the media, The King and Queen are usually referred to by their first names, Harald and Sonja and everyone in Norway knows whom you are talking about.
Because The Royal Family of Norway try to keep a low profile, sometimes they are not recognized, something they really enjoy and it keeps them amused.
His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja (above) Photo by Orn Borgen/scanpix.
The Royal Family of Norway have chosen to live normal lives without much glitter, and therefore they can easily relate to the people of Norway whom they love and have good contact.
Norwegians are not much for glamor, especially not from Norwegian celebrities. But...a little glamor is OK, isn't?
H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon and
H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette Marit (left)
Photo by Thomas Bjørnflaten, Scanpix
Princess Martha Louise (left)
Photo by Lise Åserud Scanpix/pool
Princess Martha Louise reading fairy tales (Prinsess Maartha Louise leser eventyr in Norwegian) (left)
The Royal Ship, Norway/Kongeshipet Norge
The Norwegian Royal Guards keep watch over the Royal Palace of Norway.
My brother, Svein, served as one of the King's Royal Guards at the Royal Palace in Oslo. In fact, he even served in two armies - first in Norway as a King's Guard, and then he served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He received a Bronze Medal for his service in the Korean War.
Also, a nephew and a cousin of mine served in the Norwegian Royal Guard, at the King's Palace in Oslo.
We, as a family, are very proud of our men that served their countries.
The ladies are wearing
Hardanger Bunader/Norwegian National Costumes
These costly garments
are worn on holidays,
such as 17th of May (syttende mai),
day, and on many other
My brother and his family. (left)
My nephew is wearing his Norwegian Royal Guard's uniform.
Here are a couple of stories you may enjoy - although it's more about me than The Royal Family of Norway...
When I was a little girl, the King of Norway stroked my head - we talked about that for a long time...
His Majesty had visited Åndalsnes, the larger town next to Isfjorden, my hometown. The people were lined up to have a glance at His Majesty. Of course, we kids got to stay in front.
As His Majesty passed by, he stroked some of the children's heads and mine was one of them. I really felt special - big time.
Meeting Norwegian Royalty - WOW!
As an adult, I attended the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, Chicago, Illinois and I also was part of the Church Council.
When King Olav V, visited the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, Chicago, Illinois, the Church Council had the opportunity to meet the King.
I practiced my curtsy for at least a week. Thankfully, I did OK, but I was very nervous. It isn't every day that you meet royalty.
The Church Council gave a signed bible to H.M. King Olav, and that bible is now at the royal palace in Oslo. So, my name is at the king's castle in Oslo, how about that?
I attended the special banquet held in the evening with hundreds of guests, where His Majesty King Olav V, naturally was the Guest of Honor. It was an extravagant event, with an excellent menu and great speeches, an experience I will never forget. - Just a little useless info I decided to pass along...
This does not make me a special person, I just have a story to tell.