Wednesday, 24 June 2009

At the end of the road: Kaare Langlete (1931-2009), former Lord Chamberlain

Kaare Langlete, former Lord Chamberlain at the Norwegian Royal Court, died on Monday after a long illness, aged 78. Born on 15 June 1931, he made a military career, reaching the rank of Colonel and becoming head of His Majesty the King’s Guard, before joining the staff of the then Crown Prince Harald and Crown Princess Sonja in the late 1980s.
When they succeeded to the throne, he replaced Ingvald Smith-Kielland as Lord Chamberlain on 1 June 1991. In that position he took part in the early phase of the modernisation of the monarchy which was carried out by King Harald and Queen Sonja. Upon his retirement in November 1993 he received the Grand Cross of the Order of St Olav.
Langlete had been ill for many years and was last heard of last year when he rejected as untruthful the claims made by the King’s son-in-law, Ari Behn, about the Court’s former employee Carl-Erik Grimstad.
Langlete’s funeral will take place at Nordberg church in Oslo on Friday.

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