Media: Kronprinsesse Mette-Marit, pt. 2

It is time for part II of the documentary about Mette-Marit. A NRK television crew followed her for a year. Part I is here – and was about her personal side. Part II is about her professional side.

It starts with Mette-Marit writing in her office at Skaugum while the kids play outside. As always, as it is a live transcription from a quite talkative documentary – thus some of the translations may be paraphrased to get the gist, if not a literal translation.

A lot of it is in English as it also involves travel abroad.

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Music review: Vi tenner våre lykter, CD from Haakon & Mette-Marit’s foundation

When I played in the brass band, we had a conductor from the North of Norway. He relished in us playing a northern Norwegian Christmas psalm, in the south of Norway.

I can’t recall ever hearing it played – and, quite honestly, the fact that it was on this CD was one of the reasons for why I picked it up. (The other one was that I also loved Mette-Marit’s previous CD of psalms).

Essentially, the Norwegian Crown Prince & Crown Princess has released a compilation of partly Christmas songs and partly new songs performed by Norwegian artists.

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Media: Kronprinsesse Mette-Marit, pt 1.

This is a documentary by NRK, who have followed Crown Princess Mette-Marit for the past year. They’ve created a nifty opening with graphics, which I absolutely would love to see again. They will probably repeat it again next Sunday when the next part airs. The quotations in the text below… I have tried to cite them correctly, but since there is a lot of talking – use the assumption that during the translation, a lot of it is paraphrased.

Edit: NRK has made the first part available online here, but I’m unsure of geographical restrictions to that. I haven’t rewatched it, so everything below is from when I first watched it on television.

The Documentary also jumps around a lot, so the text below will reflect that. That being said – on with the documentary summary.

“I feel like I have always been the same person, but we’ve had a fairly difficult process getting into this. I was very caught up in what people wanted me to be… But now I feel like I have found my standing. I am very happy about my role as Crown Princess.” – Mette-Marit

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Book review: Mette-Marit – Prinsesse av folket

As I said in my review the other day – there have been three books released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Haakon and Mette-Marit’s marriage.

This is the second one I’m reviewing. It is called Mette-Marit: Prinsesse av folket. En illustrert feiring av Norges kronprinspar, (Translation: Mette-Marit, Princess of the people. An illustrated celebration of the Norwegian Crown Prince Couple) with pictures by Aasta Børte and text by Monica Aafløy Hansen.

This is a an album of pictures from the ten years Mette-Marit has been in the spotlight as the Norwegian Crown Princess. But, it is not just a pictorial – in some of the chapters, the text also feels as though it is an integral part of the book and not an afterthought.

At 127 pages, the content  and quality of pictures makes it feel like a lot more pages than it actually is.

I really enjoyed reading the anecdotes from the photographer that sometimes accompanied the text, or the pictures. It gives another dimension to the book – I might have seen the pictures before, but the photographer’s description adds an extra value to the pictures.

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Book review: 10 år med Kronprinsparet

This August, ten years have passed since Crown Prince Haakon married Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in Oslo Cathedral. A slew of books (okay, three, so far) are coming out, two television specials are coming later this month, and the couple are also being interviewed left and right about the past ten years, and their causes.

The first book I picked up is 10 år med Kronprinsparet by Elsebeth Danielsen. It is published on Aller forlag, and part of the proceedings from the book will go to the Crown Princely Couple’s Humanitarian Foundation.

It is not a huge book by any means; at 118 pages, most of the chapters are about 1-2 pages, and the majority of the book consist of pictures. Great pictures, but almost all of them have been seen before in some context or other. Similarly, the text feels more like a synopsis of other sources (listed in the back) than original interviews with the couple.

It starts out with that defining day in the Cathedral, a chapter on the wedding gown, and then moves on to Mette-Marit’s adaption to royal life, the causes she’s taken up, the family life, fashion, her work with the religious CD and at the end there is a list of the patronages and orders of Haakon and Mette-Marit. The focus is chiefly the beginning, the trip to Malawi in 2005 and the last years.

The book gives a neat overview of ten years in 118 pages, but for most of those pages, the person covered is Mette-Marit only. Haakon’s Wedding speech, his Dignity Day cause, and his interview about what kind of music he listens to… are the really stand out issues about him in the book, which isn’t a lot for ten years.

The one thing about the book that I actually really liked was that in a lot of the chapters, people associated with Mette-Marit’s causes (or once or twice from their common causes) had written messages to the couple on their anniversary, in conjunction with the cause/relevant picture in the book. This was published next to the picture/description of the cause.

It is a nice enough little  book, but given the amount of pages, it doesn’t go into much depth. Thus, if you’ve followed them over the past ten years on forums or in the news… I think you can probably save your money for something else.