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Norwegian Royals recount 22 July feelings. King Harald and Queen Sonja speak about their reactions to the 22 July attacks in the 2nd part of a programme about Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Sunday. “One gets shocked. I almost began to get angry,” she says in the feature. HRH King Harald tells the broadcaster about how it felt to contribute in the days following Anders Behring Breivik’s attacks.

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Norwegian Royals recount 22 July feelings

Published on Friday, 25th November, 2011 at 15:20 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

King Harald and Queen Sonja speak about their reactions to the 22 July attacks in the 2nd part of a programme about Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Sunday.

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja
Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja
Photo: Sølve Sundsbø/The Royal Court


“One gets shocked. I almost began to get angry,” she says in the feature.

HRH King Harald tells the broadcaster about how it felt to contribute in the days following Anders Behring Breivik’s attacks.

“I have never hugged so many people before I did not know who they were in advance,” he says with a melancholy smile.

The day after the mass murderer struck, HRH the King made a speech on national television, urging citizens to maintain their belief in Norway’s democratic society and stay united.

“We will spend a long time digesting and adapting to impressions, grief, and feelings, both as individuals and as a nation. We need one another during this process [...] I hold fast in the belief that freedom is stronger than fear, in an open Norwegian democracy and society, in our possibility to live free and securely in our own country.”

King Harald also shared his grief with Americans during his recent trip to the US following his speech at the national memorial on 22 August.

“I felt very helpless, really. All these families who had either just got someone back from this or had just got the message that they weren’t coming back; it was a very strange atmosphere. Wherever you turned there were people in grief,” he told The New York Times in an interview.

In Sunday’s NRK programme, HRH Queen Sonja says, “We tried to help where we felt it would be important and right.”

The programme will be aired on NRK1 at 20:15 and lasts one hour.



Published on Friday, 25th November, 2011 at 15:20 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: hrhkingharald, hrhqueensonja, 22julytvprogramme, norwegiankingandqueen.





  
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