26 January 2015

Funeral service for Johan Martin Ferner

The funeral service for Princess Astrid's husband Johan Martin Ferner, who died on Saturday 24 January 2015, 87 years old, will take place at Holmenkollen Chapel on Monday 2 February 2015 (1 p.m.), the Norwegian Royal Court announced today.

HM The King has decided that on the day the funeral service takes place, the flag will be flown at half mast from the Palace balcony. After the ceremony of sprinkling earth on the coffin has taken place, the flag will be hoisted to the top.

It is still not known where Ferner will be interred.

The Holmenkollen Chapel, which is situated in the Ris parish in Oslo, is close to the hearts of both the royal family and the Ferners. After the chapel burned down in 1992,  Princess Astrid Mrs. Ferner was involved in the campaign for rebuilding it. Princess Astrid and Johan Martin's eldest son Alexander was married there in 1996. Holmenkollen Chapel is also the place where the royal family traditionally attends the service on Christmas Day.

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