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. 

Royal Rewind: Week of May 16, 2014

Princess Ingrid Alexandra attends Parliament 2014

Note: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway attended her first Parliament session, and looked darling. (Pictured above.)

Prince William and Prince Charles fought about getting rid of collection of ivory. (Parents, am I right? The old ‘burning the ivory” bickering.)

Prince William became president of scuba club (clearly stepping up his work load…) and said he hopes Prince George will follow in his father’s scuba fins steps.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark showed support for Eurovision.

The Duke of Cambridge stepped out for first engagement since tour.

The King of Sweden presented scholarships for 50th Anniversary Fund for Science, Technology, and the Environment.

Prince Harry sent his ‘first’ tweet.

Zara Phillips celebrated her 33rd birthday.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended concert for the elderly.

Crown Princess Victoria presented award at recycling day.

Prince Harry on tour to Estonia and Italy to celebrate war heroes. (And flew EasyJet.)

Around the web…

Ralph Lauren peeved at Kate’s no-show at event.

Prince Harry had all kinds of fun during his Memphis jaunt, including an anonymous blonde…

‘Grace of Monaco’ film receives ‘worse reviews than Diana.’ (Meaning it must be terrible.)

Prince Harry put in ‘offer’ of dreamy pub.

The Queen’s latest portrait (the one where she smiles) now in color.