Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Prince Frederik will both be skiing the Birkebeiner race this Saturday – so of course the newspaper have titled it the duel of the Crown Princes. The Birkebeiner ski race is 54 km long, and goes from Rena to Lillehammer. It commemorates the rescue in 1206 of the young Håkon… Continue reading Birkebeiner ski race
The Norwegian constitution will celebrate its bicentenary on May 17. (Trust me, I will probably mention this a lot during the coming year…). The committee, who is arranging the celebration, sent an invitation to the Swedish and the Danish court (in addition to the Norwegian, I would presume.) to invite them to the celebrations at… Continue reading Scandinavian royals to celebrate Norwegian constitution
I particularly found the one of King Oscar of Sweden-Norway interesting. 20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized «TwistedSifter.
A high court judge has given permission for descendants of Richard III to challenge plans to rebury the king’s remains in Leicester rather than York, but counselled both sides against engaging in an “unseemly, undignified and unedifying” legal rerun of the Wars of the Roses. via Son of York! Richard III descendants allowed to challenge… Continue reading Son of York! Richard III descendants allowed to challenge Leicester burial
This is kind of nifty. I’m always thinking of the Founding fathers as old men with white hair. Ages of Revolution: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776? – Journal of the American Revolution.
During the German occupation of Denmark, Christian X kept up with his morning rides through Copenhagen. In 1943, the Independent Jewish Press Services, that the King, after hearing the news of the new Nazi laws to identify Jews in Denmark by the armband said: “When that happens, I will myself wear the yellow star on… Continue reading King Christian X and the jews (A 100 things #17)
If I had limitless holiday time, funding, and people who wanted to go with me, I would love to take a tour of European castles and palaces. There is just something about stepping through the history and looking at the architecture. And, let’s not forget, going to other countries.
Given the Norwegian media coverage of the Swedish wedding this weekend, it seems appropriate that today is the anniversary of the Norwegian independence from Sweden. If we had celebrated this as a national day instead of May 17, there would have been a trifecta of Scandinavian national days in a row. Denmark on June 5,… Continue reading Norwegian independence day