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The Norwegian Royal Family has always been beloved by Norwegians. They come off as regular, unpretentious folk, and there are all sorts of stories of them acting like ordinary citizens. During a gas shortage years ago, the King chose to travel by tram, and this photo of him became very famous:
But, now there's this story, which is especially wonderful. I don't think I could ever see anyone from the British royal family doing this:
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit secretly traveled to India in order to care for infant twins born to the surrogate mother of a gay palace employee unable to get a travel visa, the palace said on Monday.
Armed with a diplomatic passport that granted her immediate access, the future queen jumped on a plane in late October when the employee, who is also a friend, and his husband were unable to travel to care for their newborns.
"For me, this is about two babies lying alone in a New Delhi hospital," Mette-Marit said in a statement. "I was able to travel and wanted to do what I could."
She did not alert Indian authorities and spent several days with the babies at the Manav Medicare Centre, where staff assumed the wife of Norway's Crown Prince Haakon was a nanny.
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People find celebrity entertaining. The British nonarchy is Britain's version of Hollywood in a lot of ways.
When I lived in Scandinavia, friends would explain to me that the monarchy provides the country with a sense of history and consistency over time. It connects them to the past. They felt Americans couldn't really get the profound importance of being connected to your country and land as far back as say 800 A.D. I agree. I don't get it.