'Tonight the streets are filled with love': Royal family and prime minister lead the nation in mourning as crowd of 150,000 gather in Oslo for 'rose march' tribute to Norway's dead More than 150,000 Norwegians gathered in Oslo last night carrying red and white roses to show their support for the 76 people who were slain on Friday. Joining them in the 'rose rally' were Norway’s prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, his wife Ingrid, and members of the country’s royal family - Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Martha Louise. Prince Haakon addressed the solemn crowd outside the city hall, saying that ‘tonight the streets are filled with love'.
Norway has been struck by a national tragedy. The kind of calamity that we hoped would never happen here has somehow taken place. At Sundvolden today we met young people and their families who shared with us their gruesome stories. They have lived through a day that is beyond all comprehension. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to all of those afflicted by the events in Oslo and on Utøya. The police, rescue workers, health personnel and volunteers have worked tirelessly and heroically to save lives, in some cases at risk to their own. All of us are affected by the catastrophe that has swept over us, and we watch in disbelief as the death toll continues to rise. In the midst of all the anguish and chaos, the Prime Minister, the Government and the ministries have responded to the situation with exceptional fortitude and resolve. Both as individuals and as a nation it will take us a long time to digest and work our way through what we have witnessed, our grief and our feelings. We will need each other in this process. Throughout the length and breadth of our country, there are people who have lost someone they loved. Many of our children and young people are afraid today. We must make every effort to reassure them. Many will want to be together, while others will need space for quiet reflection. It is comforting that the country’s churches are open for anyone who wishes to light a candle and seeks a place to be. It is also helpful that the local authorities and volunteer organisations are providing arenas for those who feel a need to be with others. There is still much we do not know about the background for yesterday’s atrocities, and it is essential that we let the responsible authorities continue their work to bring clarity to the situation. Some things we do know, however: the acts in Oslo and on Utøya are an attack on the Norwegian society that we hold so dear. And they represent an assault upon the very heart of Norwegian democracy. It is when our nation is put to the test that the true strength, solidarity and courage of the Norwegian people come to the fore. We stand united behind our values. I firmly believe that freedom is stronger than fear. I firmly believe in an open Norwegian democracy and society I firmly believe that we will uphold our ability to live freely and securely in our own country.
i've been touched by the response of the royal family to the tragedy in Norway. yes, it's fitting and shouldn't be even an issue, of course they should be responding but i'm not sure all of the royal houses would have responded so emotionally raw. JMO i've always had a crush on Haakon but the heartbreaking photos i've seen make it a full blown LOVE and i'll be big enough to say ok marit merrit deserves him...there i said it.
The Royal House involved presence in recent days, both in Oslo and in Tyrifjorden, according to experts has strengthened the monarchy's position in society.
- The Royal Family has shown proximity and apparent emotion in this situation, both constitutionally and personally. I'm sure the royal family's participation and their commitment has strengthened the monarchy. The fact that they are in place and show participation, both physically and mentally, has certainly had a unifying effect,
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The Norwegian royal family will be seen here. The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony takes place in the Oslo City Hall, Norway, on 10 December every year – the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. This year, Presidents Herman Van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso and Martin Schulz will receive the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Medal and Diploma. Live Webcast from Oslo! Watch the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony at the Oslo City Hall in Norway, 10 December 2012, 12:50 p.m. (CET) – 2:25 p.m. (CET). Award Ceremony Speech - to be published 10 Dec. 1:00 p.m. CET Nobel Peace Prize Lecture - to be published 10 Dec. 1:00 p.m. CET Nobel Peace Prize Diploma - to be published 10 Dec. 1:00 p.m. CET
The royal family has got enough of the rumor magazine Se og Hør ( i.e. See and Hear or Look and Listen). Their holidays on Corsica and St Barthens got uninvited ... Newspapers Värdens Gang (i.e. Wold's Going ) and Aftenposten ( i.e. Eveningpost ) has their articles her från yesterday. From VG translated. Original will be here. From Aftenposten translated. Original will be here.
Not royal news but too cool. Norwegian Air replying to a fee complaint about a minor name change that a flyer composed in a poem. Norwegian Air replied...with a poem! It pays in places to be pleasant and artistic: