Thursday 2 March 2006

Off to Norway tomorrow

Left, the Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway.

This weekend Frederik, Mary, Christian and Queen Margrethe are going to Oslo in Norway to attend the christening of Crown Prince Haakon's and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's son Sverre Magnus, born 3 December 2005. So here are some links to give you some advance FYI.

The Royal House of Norway has announced Prince Sverre Magnus’s godparents:
The godparents chosen by Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess for their son Prince Sverre Magnus will be Her Majesty The Queen, Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Her Royal Highness Princess Rosario of Bulgaria, Mr. Espen Høiby, Mr. Bjørn Steinsland and Ms. Marianne Gjellestad.

The christening ceremony will be held in the chapel inside the Royal Palace (and guided tour) in Oslo. Get to know the Norwegian Royal Family, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Princess Rosario of Bulgaria. Espen Høiby is CPss Mette-Marit's brother, while Bjørn Steinsland and Marianne Gjellestad are friends of Haakon and Mette-Marit. Read about the christening here in Aftenposten.

On Saturday (daytime) when Norwegian television webcasts the christening, we will post a link here if you want to watch in real time. The NRK webcast will begin at 11.50am local time. This is a World Clock time zone converter so you can work out the time of the christening in your time zone. In the meantime, you might be interested to check out NRK TV, The Norway Post and Aftenposten (all in English).

Frederik, Mary and Christian will go to Norway tomorrow and stay until Sunday. Frederik was 'best man' to Haakon when he married Mette-Marit and he is godfather to their first child and heir to the throne, Princess Ingrid Alexandra. The Danish and Norwegian royal families have very close links, both historical and personal.

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