8 December 2016

No Her og Nå Royal Yearbook in 2016

The Norwegian weekly magazine Her og Nå has from 2012 published a yearbook called Året rundt med Kongefamilien («The Year with the Royal Family»), which with many photos and short texts have presented the main events of the Norwegian royal family throughout the year. I made a presentation of the first issue in 2012.

The yearbook was also published in 2013, 2014 and 2015, but I haven't found it in the newspaper kiosks this year. The publisher Egmont Hjemmet Mortensen confirmed to me today that the «special magazine» has not been published in 2016. I guess it hasn't sold well enough. So far I haven't come across any royal yearbooks by other publishers either.

6 December 2016

HRH Prince Liam Henri Hartmut of Nassau

The Grand-Ducal Court of Luxembourg announced today that the son of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg has been given the names Liam Henri Hartmut. In accordance with the decree of 21 September 1995, the child has received the title Prince of Nassau and the style of Royal Highness.

The press release in English translation:
The Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess are pleased to announce, together with Prince Félix and Princess Claire, that the name of their grandson is His Royal Highness Prince Liam Henri Hartmut of Nassau.
Prince Liam, who was born in Geneva on 28 November 2016, is the second child of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg. It is easy to guess that the second name Henri is after Liam's grandfather Grand Duke Henri, and the third name Hartmut after Princess Claire's father Hartmut Lademacher.

Liam is an Irish short form of Uilliam, a derivative of William, Wilhelm (Willahelm) and Guillaume. As both Prince Liam's uncle and grand uncle have the name Guilluame, I guess Liam is a sensible way of not creating too much confusion. I suppose that the name in French is pronounced differently than in English.

1 December 2016

Longest reigns page updated

After King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand died on 13 October 2016, the proclamation of the designated heir, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, was put on hold as the crown prince needed some time to mourn with the people.

Today, 1 December 2016, Vajiralongkorn was formally proclaimed king, and I have therefore updated the Longest reign (current monarchs) page. As I wrote on 29 October, the page will be updated again later in December after the new King of Malaysia has been installed.

28 November 2016

Second child for Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has announced that Princess Claire, wife of Prince Félix, gave birth to their second child, a boy, at Clinique Générale-Beaulieu in Geneva, Switzerland on 28 November 2016 one minute to 4 a.m.

The newborn prince, whose name is not made public yet, is fourth in line to the Grand Ducal throne of Luxembourg (after his uncle Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, his father Prince Félix and his elder sister Princess Amalia, who was born on 15 June 2014).

Prince Félix, second son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, married Claire Lademacher in 2013.

Last time updated on Tuesday 29 November at 11.50 (time of birth was obviously a.m., not p.m.).

15 November 2016

Queen Sonja one of the contributors to Juleroser 2016

Juleroser («Christmas Roses») was a Christmas magazine (booklet) published between 1881 and 1944 (with a short break 1937–1940) by Ernst Bojesen in Copenhagen, Denmark. The magazine contained literary texts and illustrations by well-established authors and artists.

Juleroser was intended to be a Christmas magazine for all the Nordic countries, and from 1895 the magazine also had editors for Norway and Sweden. According to the nynorsk («New Norwegian») version of Wikipedia, the magazine had the subtitle Skandinavisk Juleblad («Scandinavian Christmas Magazine») from 1885 to 1888 and in 1892, while in the period from 1889 to 1891 the subtitle was Nordisk Juleblad («Nordic Christmas Magazine»).

Juleroser was revived as a literary Christmas magazine last year by the publishers Samlaget and with the singer and actress Herborg Kråkevik as editor. 

In this year's edition Queen Sonja of Norway has contributed with four photos, of which 3 stem from the series «Former» («Forms») taken at Svalbard. See one of the photo illustrations in today's VG.no. Other contributors are Kim Leine, Anne B. Ragde, Kolbein Falkeid, Brit Bildøen, Gro Dahle, Bit Vejle, Vetle Lid Larssen, Helge Torvund, Theodor Kittelsen, Marianne Heske, Håkon Gullvåg and Sverre Malling.

Photo: Cover of Juleroser 2016, Samlaget.

Grave of Odd Nansen, Haslum Cemetery, Bærum, Norway (Tombstone Tuesday)

© 2009 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth
The architect, author and humanitarian Odd Nansen (1901–1973) was the second son and fourth child (out of five children) of scientist, explorer, diplomat and author Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930) and his first wife Eva Helene Nansen, née Sars (1858–1907).

Odd Nansen is buried at Haslum Cemetery (kirkegård), Bærum outside Oslo, grave no. 112-00-009, together with his wife Karen «Kari» Nansen, née Hirsch (1903–1985) and their youngest child and second son Odd Erik Nansen (1942–2001).

Fridtjof Nansen's grave at Polhøgda in Bærum can be viewed here.

5 November 2016

Norskættede ishockeyspillere i NHL (ice hockey players of Norwegian descent in the NHL)

Nettavisen skriver i en artikkel publisert 4. november 2016 om ishockeyspilleren Brady Skjei, f. 1994, som spiller i New York Ranger og som står overfor et gjennombrudd i den amerikanske hockeyligaen NHL. Han omtales som «den tredje nordmannen» i NHL ettersom oldefaren var norsk. Fra før av spiller de vaskekte nordmennene Mats Zuccarello og Andreas Martinsen i henholdsvis New York Rangers og Colorado Avelanche.

På slutten av artikkelen kommer journalisten endelig på at også Dustin Byfuglien, f. 1985, som for tiden spiller for Winnipeg Jets, har norske røtter. På morssiden har Byfuglien røtter i Valdres og på Geilo. Byfuglien var for øvrig med på å vinne Stanley Cup med Chicago Blackhawks i 2010.

For sikkerhets skyld skriver journalisten at det altså er «minst to andre spillere med røtter i Norge». Jeg lurer på hvor mye tid han har brukt på å sjekke spilleroversiktene i NHL-klubbene, for det må være flere andre norskættede som spiller i NHL i dag, både i USA og i Canada. Kriteriet må være at vedkommende er i en NHL-stall i dag og at han har spilt minst én kamp. Utfordringen er at mange slektsnavn kan være både norske, svenske og danske – det er ikke så lett å si hvor Anderson, Erikson, Matheson, Johnson eller Hanson kommer fra. Josh Anderson, f. 1994, i Columbus Blue Jackets, er er et godt eksempel. Canadiske Damon Severson (Syversen?) i New Jersey Devils er også en god mulighet. Og man kan jo stamme fra Norge kognatisk, dvs. gjennom kvinneledd, og da blir utfordringen straks vanskeligere.

Men vi kan gjøre et forsøk. Riley Tufte, f. 1998, som tidligere i år ble draftet av mitt favorittlag Dallas Stars, kan vi se bort fra, for han har ikke debutert i NHL ennå, og spiller for tiden i NCAA for University of Minnesota-Duluth. Paul Gaustad, f. 1982, kunne ha vært kvalifisert, men han la opp etter sesongen 2015–2016 etter å ha spilt for Nashville Predators de siste sesongene. Trevor Moen, f. 1982, ser også ut til å nærme seg karriereslutt. Han er nå såkalt «free agent» etter å ha spilt for Dallas Stars de to siste sesongene.

Brødrene Staal fra Thunder Bay, Canada kan derimot godt vise seg å være av norsk ætt. Jordan Staal, f. 1988, spiller for Carolina Hurricanes, broren Eric, f. 1984, spiller for Minnesota Wild, Marc Staal, f. 1987, er i New York Rangers sammen med Zuccarello og Skjei, mens yngstebroren Jared Staal, f. 1990, har debutert for Carolina Hurricanes, men spiller mest for farmerlaget Edinburgh Capitals. De er oppført som nederlandskættede på Wikipedia, men figurerer også på oversikten «Norwegian Canadians», så her må det undersøkes mer. Samme utfordring med Strome-brødrene? Dylan Strome, f. 1997, spiller i Arizona Coyotes, mens storebroren Ryan Strome, f. 1993, er i New York Islanders. Men her må det også forskes mer.

Men canadieren Ryan Johansen, f. 1992, i Nashville Predators skal visstnok være norskættet. Nick Bjugstad, f. 1992, i Florida Panthers, er bankers. Samme med Erik Gudbranson, f. 1992, i Vancouver Canucks. Jack Skille, f. 1982, høres ikke norsk ut, men årsaken til at han valgte å dra til Norge og Rosenborg under lockouten i 20012–13 var visstnok hans norske aner.

Så da er det minst 6 norskættede spillere per dags dato i NHL, og kanskje også 11 hvis 3 av Staal-brødrene og de to Strome-brødrene kan bekreftes.

English summary: This article is about ice hockey players in NHL of Norwegian ancestry. Some of the players need to be investigated to be absolutely sure about their roots, such as the Staal and Strome brothers, but Erik Gudbrandson and Nick Bjugstad are definately of Norwegian descent, while Jack Skille and Ryan Johanson most surely are. Dustin Byfuglien and Brady Skjei are already confirmed.

Oppdatering 5. november 2016 kl. 19:55: Jeg har opprettet en egen tråd på Digitalarkivets brukerforum. Etter en liten omvei ser det ut til at Brady Skjeis aner kan spores til Nedre Stjørdal i Nord-Trøndelag: https://forum.arkivverket.no/topic/205058-nhl-spillere-med-norske-aner/

Sist oppdatert søndag 6. november 2016 kl. 00:40 (en setningsfeil rettet opp).