Tuesday, 16 August 2011

New books: The Crown Princess’s first decade

Next Thursday will mark the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s tenth wedding anniversary, an event which has not been overlooked by Norwegian publishers. No less than three books have already been published and I am told that a fourth is on the way.
So far I have only read one of them, Mette-Marit – Prinsesse av folket – En illustrert feiring av Norges kronprinspar, which is published by Kagge Forlag. This book is a joint venture of photographer Aasta Børte, who has followed the Crown Princess for ten years, and journalist Monica Aafløy Hansen, who has been the court correspondent of the weekly Hjemmet for nearly as long.
As I am friends with the author I should probably refrain from reviewing the book, but I can say that I think the author and photographer have succeeded in producing a good overview of the Crown Princess’s first ten years as a member of the royal family.
The lavishly illustrated book is arranged thematically, with chapters on the wedding and the children, how the Crown Princess grew into her role, the causes closest to her heart, foreign travel, domestic journeys, clothes and jewellery. Interestingly, the author points out the year 2004 as the turning point for the Crown Princess’s adaptation to her royal role.

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