COVID restrictions affect Norwegian Royal Family Christmas celebrations

King Harald (front row right), Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon (back row right), Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Sverre Magnus in front of the Christmas tree at Bygdøy Kongsgård in Oslo. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB

The latest pandemic restrictions will cause the Norwegian Royal Family to scale back their Christmas celebrations after a busy fall period.

COVID restrictions apply even for Royalty

The Norwegian Royal Family will celebrate a second COVID-19 safe Christmas in a row. Christmas Eve will begin with Crown Price Håkon, and his family, attending a Christmas service at Asker church with the King and Queen joining them later at the royal estate in Skaugum. King Harald and Queen Sonja will remain at the Bygødy royal estate for the rest of the festive period.

Like all families in Norway, the Royals will be following the government’s latest coronavirus infection measure. This means that households are allowed up to 10 guests with that number rising to 20 once during the Christmas to New Year period.

Coronavirus has hit family after a busy fall

The Royal Family has had firsthand experience with coronavirus this year. In August, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 17, tested positive for coronavirus and had to isolate at Skaugum. Her father, Crown Prince Håkon, had to quarantine recently as he was in close contact with someone who had contracted the disease.

It should be no surprise that the family contracted the disease as they have had a busy fall schedule. They welcomed the Dutch Royal couple who helped open the new Munch Museum in October. The Crown Prince made an official trip to the United States whilst his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, has visited the Armed Forces twice including flying an F-16 plane in Bodø.

Celebrations for their daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th birthday, on January 21 next year, have also been scaled back with no official events expected.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayTravel

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