Love Reigns: Happy 13th Wedding Anniversary Crown Prince Haakon and Mette Marit!

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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit Celebrate Bicentenary of the Convention of Moss

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit Celebrate Bicentenary of the Convention of Moss Yesterday, the Crown Princely Couple attended the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Convention of Moss in Østfold. This is the couple’s first appearance for some time and it appears it was not initially scheduled to attend, and rumors of a separation have been growing. I hope this is a sign that they were indeed just that–rumors.

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Controversial Move Causes Public to Question Need for Norwegian Royalty

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The Norwegian Royal Family has been rife with controversy lately. From rumblings of a possible separation of the Crown Princely couple, to the recent decision of the couple to send their children to private school, they’ve provided much to be debated over the past couple of months.

With every debate comes the ultimate query: Is royalty even needed anymore? The State explains the question at hand further:

In egalitarian Norway, the choice for the further education of 10-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra and 8-year-old Prince Sverre Magnus seemed a denunciation of the education of the rest of the children in this wealthy nation of only 5 million. But while a fuss over moving royals from classes with common children might seem a non-issue in the non-royal United States, it actually gets at a single question about much of the remaining royalty of Europe: Why?

The author continues:

Norwegian historian Finn Erhard Johannessen, from the University of Oslo, said supporting a royal family remained a source of pride in his nation but that there were limits.

“Norwegians like having a royal family,” he said. “But they don’t want them to act too royally.”

Polls indicate that about 4 of 5 Norwegians back the monarchy, though most of those essentially with a “why not?” instead of undying passion for the institution.

Johannessen said Norwegians thought their royals were nice people. Part of that is living like anyone else.

“People want the royal children to be in school with the children of immigrants,” he noted.

Anders Folkestad, the head of Norway’s teachers union, told local media that the move sends a bad message: “Does it say private schools are better than public? Must one go to an international school to learn English?” (The State)

The article goes on to discuss the monarchy’s past issues and its possible future.

It’s an interesting move on behalf of Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit, and it leaves a lot to be answered. In a move they had to have known would have such repercussions, you have to wonder what could be so dire that they make this decision. 

Where’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit? (Plus one of my favorite .gifs!)

Prince+Haakon+Princess+Mette+Marit+Norway+nv5ZXdxlgGClSince last November, rumors of a separation have been swirling around the Crown Princely couple of Norway. While the couple was pictured together in Haakon’s official birthday photographs, there weren’t any featuring just the pair.

Since then, Mette-Marit has rarely been seen.

Most notably as of late, she was absent from the memorial service for the victims of the Utøya massacre in 2011. (One of the victims was her step brother.)

I also checked last night and realized she hasn’t updated her twitter since mid-June. Which is strange, seeing as how she usually updated multiple times a day.

I truly hope this is all speculation… but I fear the gossip may be onto something. I’m still rooting for them, though!

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Where's Crown Princess Mette-Marit?

Where's Crown Princess Mette-Marit?

Royals in the Military

After Prince William’s latest announcement regarding his career now that he is officially retired from the RAF, and with the upcoming book about the lives of RAF wives and Kate’s foreward, I thought it’d be a great time to recap some royals in the military. (Click the photo for the caption.)

Do you think Kate will follow suit of the other Crown Princesses and do basic training?

Crown Pooches: Milly Kakao of Norway

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In 2009, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway announced a furry addition to their family: Milly Kakao.

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Milly Kakao with Princess Ingrid

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Milly is a labradoodle and a special member of the Norwegian Royal Family. She seems to go nearly everywhere with the bunch, from skiing and boating to the annual Norwegian Day festivities (see photos from this year here).

Last July the family released pictures of Milly and her (nine!) puppies. A few of which attended their first Norwegian Day last week.

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I’m probably bias toward this pup, seeing as how she looks an awful lot like my beloved pooch, Patrick. 😉