Sunday, 20 February 2011

King of Norway honours brother-in-law

It has been announced that the King of Norway on 10 February appointed Johan Martin Ferner a Commander of the Royal Order of St Olav. A retired businessman, 83-year-old Ferner has been married to Princess Astrid for fifty years - on 12 January the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary quitely abroad with their family - and has through those years been the very empitome of discretion and loyalty towards the royal family.
During incoming state visits Johan Martin Ferner has been awarded a handful of foreign orders, including the Grand Cross of the French Order of Merit, but this is his first Norwegian order. In 1956 Princess Astrid, at that time First Lady of Norway, became only the second female in history to be awarded the Grand Cross with Collar, the highest grade of the Order of St Olav.

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