Oslo City Council witnessed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony attended by Kings Harald and Sonia and Prince Haakon, who has just returned from a trip to the United States. Princess Mette-Marit, wife of the heir to the throne, was expected to accompany them, but at the last minute the Royal House has removed her name from the official programming, according to the newspaper Dagbladet. Despite his mobility problems, The Norwegian monarch has not missed this appointment, yes, helped by two crutches. King Harald underwent surgery in early 2021 for a tendon in his right knee in which he had an injury.
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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that this year’s winners will be Maria Ressa and Dimitry Muratov “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Maria Ressa is a staunch defender of freedom of expression in her native Philippines, where she has drawn attention to the abuse of power, the use of violence and the growing authoritarianism. For his part, Dimitry Muratov has defended freedom of expression in Russia for decades.
– Haakon can finally meet with Kings Guillermo and Máxima on their visit to Norway
– The ‘selfie’ of Haakon and Mette-Marit from Norway to celebrate their 20 years of marriage
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize is the prelude to the great event that will take place this Friday afternoon at the Stockholm City Hall where the awards in the rest of the disciplines will be delivered. The attendance of the kings of the country Carlos Gustavo and SIlvia and the crown princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, has already been confirmed.. Before the awards ceremony took place, the Kings and their son received the two winners in audience.
Despite the social distancing measures due to the pandemic, which have reduced capacity, the ceremony was very warm and took place in a relaxed atmosphere. The good harmony between the two winners has been such that even Maria Rassa has taken out her mobile to get a selfie with his prize partner.
The Deputy Director of Communication of the Nordic Royal House, Sven Gjeruldsen, has confirmed to Dagbladet that The Princess has cold symptoms and will undergo a PCR test to see if she has caught the coronavirus. The truth is that Mette-Marit from Norway, 48, has suffered from pulmonary fibrosis since 2018, a respiratory disease with a restrictive pattern in which the tissue of the lungs hardens and makes breathing difficult. On previous occasions, the Princess has already said that because of her illness she has good days and bad days, which has caused her to reduce her schedule.
Nothing to presage that the wife of the heir would miss this act. Last Tuesday the Princess, in the company of Queen Sonia, attended the funeral in the Oslo Cathedral of Kim Friele, one of the first activists who fought for the rights of the LGTBI movement. Completely black and with a serious expression, the Princess participated in the last goodbye to this woman who succeeded in getting the Norwegian penal code to decriminalize homosexual acts in 1972 and that homosexuality was abolished as a psychiatric illness in 1978.
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Mette- Marit from Norway, the great absentee in the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize