December 31, 2012

Comming up in 2013

One year is ending and another one will begin in a few hours. By the looks of it, 2013 will be a year of celebrations for Swedish and Norwegian royals, 40 years on throne for Carl Gustaf, one 70th birthday and three 40th birthday celebrations and one wedding is what lays ahead.

40 years on Swedish throne
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will celebrate his 40th anniversary on Swedish throne on 15th September 2013. Already in November the Swedish Royal Court announced that on this occasion the King & Queen will pay visit to all Swedish counties during March - September 2013. Although no details are released until now, it's almost sure that the celebrations will culminate around the date of 15th September 2013.

Four birthday celebrations
July, August, September & December will be the months of round birthday celebrations, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will celebrate his 40th birthday on 20th July 2013, his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway will celebrate hers on 19 August 2013. The duo will be joined in the 40's club by Prince Daniel of Sweden on 15th September 2013, the same day his father-in-law celebrates his anniversary. It's very likely that all three celebrations will be private, but you never know. Maybe there will be a bigger party for Queen Silvia of Sweden who will celebrate her 70th birthday on 23rd December 2013.

Other round birthday "kids" will include, Erling Sven Lorentzen, husband of the late Princess Ragnhild of Norway, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on 28th January 2013. Maud Angelica Behn, the oldest daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn, who will celebrate her 10th birthday on 29th April 2013. Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, sister of King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, who will celebrate her 70th birthday on 3rd August 2013. Countess Gunilla Bernadotte af Wisborg, wife of the late Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on 12th May 2013.

Finally a wedding
We have also one wedding to look up to, Princess Madeleine of Sweden will marry her American fiancée Christopher O'Neill on 8th June 2013 at Royal Chaple of Royal Palace in Stockholm. While the wedding will be considerably smaller then the one of her older sister Victoria, it's certainly an event to look up to.

State & County visits
So far there is one announced state visit, King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden will visit Croatia during the period of 16th-18th April 2013 on the invitation of president of Croatia, HE Mr. Ivo Josipovic and his wife Tatjana Josipovic. King Harald & Queen Sonja of Norway will pay county visit to South Trøndelag during the period of 4th-6th June 2013.

It's certainly an interesting year to look up to.

With this I'd like to thank all my readers who visited this blog during 2012, the blog is slowly nearing its 250 000 visitor and that's certainly not something I expected when I started it. So thank you for your support and I'm wishing everyone a Happy New Year 2013, may it be even a better year than this one was.

                           Ishild

Sweden: Few sneak peeks of Estelle

Tommorow in the evening Swedish TV station SVT will air the yearly "Year with Royal Family" program, but already in the past days a few sneak peeks of little Princess Estelle of Sweden made their way to the public.


You can watch a video, HERE.

December 30, 2012

Sweden: Happy New Year from Swedish Royals!

Swedish Royal Family wishes everyone Happy New Year, with a new photo posted at their website today.


Scandinavian Royals in 2012 (July-December)

July

14 - Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her 35th birthday at Solliden Castle. In the evening attended with family concert at Borgholm Stadium.


28-13 August - Members of Swedish & Norwegian Royal Families attended 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.



August

18 - King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden attended traditional Swedish King's Rally at Oland.


28 - King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel of Sweden attended 2012 Polar Music Prize Award in Stockholm.


28 - King Harald of Norway visited Stavanger.


September

1-4 - Prince Daniel of Sweden and Princess Märtha Louise of Norway attended 2012 Paralympic Games in London.


2 - King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway attended confirmation of Marius Borg Hoiby at Asker Church.



 6 - King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden paid visit to Danderyd municipality.


7-9 - King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden attended Baden-Powell Fellowship Event in Turku, Finland.

 
 10-12 - Prince Carl Philip attended World Conservation Congress in South Korea.


16 - Norwegian Royal court announced the death of Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, the oldest sister of King Harald of Norway. She died aged 82 at family home in Rio de Janeiro.


18 - King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip & Princess Madeleine of Sweden attended events in connection with Opening of the Swedish Parliament.


21 - Queen Sonja & Princess Märtha Louise of Norway hosted a seminar and reception on the occassion of 40th anniversary of Princess Märtha Louise Fund.

 
23 - Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended opening of the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. She was joined by her son Marius Borg Hoiby.


28 - Norwegian Royal Family and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attended funeral service for Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen at Royal Chaple of Royal Palace in Oslo. Later in the day she was burried according to her wish at cemetery of Asker Church.


October

2 - King Harald of Norway has formaly opened 157th session of Norwegian parliament. Queen Sonja & Crown Prince Haakon were present as well.


4-6 - King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden paid 3 day long visit to Minneapolis and St. Paul in USA.


10-12 - King Harald & Queen Sonja of Norway hosted a state visit from Finland led by president of Finland, HE Mr. Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio. Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway also took part at the visit.


19-20 - Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Philip of Sweden as well as King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Märtha Louise of Norway attended wedding between Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy in Luxembourg.



25 - Swedish Royal Court announced the engagement of Princess Madeleine of Sweden to Mr. Christopher O'Neill. The wedding will take place on 8th June 2013 in Stockholm.

 
29-31 - Crown Prince Haakon of Norway visit Haiti as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme.
 
 
November
 
8 - Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her fiancée Christopher O'Neill attended memorial event for Raoul Wallenberg at The Yale Club of New York. It was Christopher's first engagement on behalf of Swedish Royal Family.
 

16 - Prince Daniel of Sweden visited Gnosjö municipality.
 
 
 21 - Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel of Sweden visited Fagersta municipality.
 
 
26-28 - Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway paid an official visit to Indonesia on the invitation of Indonesia's President, HE Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
 
 
December
 
10 - Norwegian Royal Family attended various events in connection with the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony.
 

 
10-11 - Swedish Royal Family attended various events in connection with 2012 Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm.
 

 
20 - King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, together with her fiancée Christopher O'Neill, attended Formal Gathering of the Swedish Academy.
 

 
25 - King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra & Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway attended Christmas church service.