4 March 2024

Norway: King Harald is back in Norway

Just before 11 p.m. yesterday the medical plane which transported King Harald from Langkawi, Malaysia to Norway landed at Oslo Airport Gardermoen. The king was then driven to the National Hospital (Rikshospitalet) in Oslo where he was admitted for further examinations. He was going to stay at the hospital for treatment and rest. Queen Sonja who was also on the plane was taken back to the Royal Palace. According to the press statement which was issued just after the king had arrived, "The transportation went well, and His Majesty’s health is improving."

The Norwegian Armed Forces also produced a press release, informing among others that the medical plane had a medical team consisting of a team leader, two anaesthetists, a nurse anesthetist and two intensive care nurses on board to assist the king.

Today the Royal Palace issued yet another update on the king's health situation:

Update on The King's health situation

His Majesty The King, as informed in recent days, has been suffering from an infection and low heart rate, requiring hospitalization and medical transportation home.

The infection has recently become more under control. His Majesty has a low heart rate and will require a permanent pacemaker.

The timing of the pacemaker implantation will be determined by when His Majesty is completely free from infection. This could take several days, so The King is likely to remain at Rikshospitalet until after the weekend.

Overall, his condition is stable and improving.


According to Norwegian media, the king has received visits from his nearest family today, including the queen, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Princess Märtha Louise and later in the day also the Crown Prince Regent.

Earlier articles on the King's hospitalisation in Malaysia:

3 March 2024

Norway: King Harald on his way home

Just after 5 a.m. today the Norwegian Royal Court issued a statement informing that King Harald was going home today.

Medical transportation of His Majesty The King

His Majesty The King will soon be on his way to Langkawi Airport for medical transportation. Her Majesty The Queen will accompany His Majesty.

Upon arrival in Norway, His Majesty will be admitted to the hospital Rikshospitalet.

His Majesty will be on sick leave for two weeks. During this period, His Royal Highness The Crown Prince will act as regent and assume His Majesty The King's constitutional duties.


According to VG.no the king left the hospital in an ambulance at 05:25 Norwegian time (12:25 in Langkawi, Malaysia). The medical plane took off just after 6 a.m. (1 p.m.) and will make a short stop in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates before landing at Oslo Airport Gardermoen around midnight Norwegian time. The king will then be transported to the National Hospital, a department of Oslo University Hospital. The king will be on sick leave for two weeks, meaning that he will return to his duties on Monday 18 March if his health allows it. In the meantime Crown Prince Haakon will continue to serve as regent.

Earlier articles on the King's hospitalisation in Malaysia:

2 March 2024

United Kingdom: Inquest into the death of Thomas Kingston

A inquest into the death of Tom Kingston, who was found dead on Sunday 25 February 2024, was opened on Friday 1 March 2024 at Gloucestershire Coroners Court in Gloucester. In the inquest the senior coroner informed that Mr. Kingston was found dead in an outbuilding on the property of his parents in the Cotswolds "with a catastrophic head injury" with a gun "present at the scene"".

Tom Kingston (full name Thomas Henry Robin Kingston), b. 1978, was married to Lady Gabriella Kingston, née Windsor, b. 1981, a daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and thus a second cousin to King Charles III.

Sources (see links): BBC News and GloucestershireLive.

Norway: Update on King Harald's health situation – temporary pacemaker implanted

Yesterday the Norwegian Royal Court issued another update on King Harald's health situation:

Update on His Majesty King Harald's health situation

His Majesty The King´s health is still improving. His Majesty will remain at the hospital for a few more days for treatment and rest before returning home to Norway.


Today the court could reveal that the king has had a temporary pacemaker implanted:

Update on His Majesty King Harald's health situation

His Majesty The King had a temporary pacemaker implanted today at Hospital Sultanah Maliha in Langkawi. 

–  The pacemaker was implanted due to a low heart rate. The decision was made earlier today, and the procedure was successful. His Majesty is doing well under the circumstances but still requires rest. The procedure will make the return back home safer, according to His Majesty The King's personal physician, Bjørn Bendz. 

The medical transportation to Norway is likely to take place within the next couple of days. 


The last statement sounds a bit more dramatic than earlier statements which has mainly dealt with the king fallen ill with an infection. But I continue to believe that the king is taken well care of and that he just needs some time to get better again. I suspect, however, that the king will not be able to preside over the Council of State coming Friday as planned, even if he will return home within the next couple of days. He might be on sick leave for a while. We will surely get more information in due course.

Meanwhile the king's health situation, his vacation and the transportation home has been among the topics in the general and social media the last days. First of all, as I have already commented earlier, I don't think the king would have traveled to Malaysia if his health had not allowed it. He was just a bit unlucky that he got ill while on vacation. He should be allowed to go on vacation as everyone else, even if he is 87 years old. 

The media has also covered the flight of the medical plane which has already landed at the Langkawi International Airport. The transportation is said to cost above NOK 2 millions (as of today about 189.222 USD). The expenses will be covered by the defense budget. Of course this is a lot of money, but we are talking about the head of state here, and this is is the most efficient, secure and comfortable way of getting him home. It should not be a discussion about the form of government. A Norwegian president (God forbid!) fallen ill while on vacation would surely also be transported home the same way to make it possible for him or her to resume governing (just as in case of a monarch to resume reigning) as soon as possible.

Earlier articles on the King's hospitalisation in Malaysia:

29 February 2024

Norway: A new update on King Harald's health situation

The Norwegian Royal Court has today issued yet another update on King Harald's health situation:

Update on His Majesty King Harald's health situation

His Majesty The King's personal physician reports that His Majesty is improving. King Harald is still undergoing treatment at the hospital.

As reported yesterday, His Majesty will remain at the hospital for a few more days, and he is being well taken care of there.

The aim is for His Majesty to be able to return to Norway by plane in a few days. The Norwegian Government is facilitating the transportation, and the Norwegian Armed Forces are responsible for the practical arrangements for his return to Norway.


In other words, the king seems to be doing better and the court is now, with the assistance of the government and the Norwegian Armed Forces, preparing to getting the king home to Norway. It is somewhat worrisome that he is not coming home on an ordinary flight, but given the situation it is understandable that the government will provide a more comfortable transportation for him. We can rest assured that the king is in good hands and just hope that he will get a speedy recovery.

Earlier articles concerning King Harald's hospitalisation in Malaysia:

28 February 2024

Norway: Update on King Harald's health situation

Following the news yesterday that King Harald had been admitted to hospital during his vacation in Malaysia, the Norwegian Royal Court issued a new statement today:

Update on His Majesty King Harald´s health situation

His Majesty The King's personal physician is in Langkawi and confirms that the King is improving from his infection. His Majesty is well taken care of at the hospital and is receiving good treatment.

His Majesty will remain at the hospital for a few more days. No decision has been made regarding his return home. The Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has offered practical assistance during the visit.

The official program for the rest of the Royal Family continues as planned.

The king's personal physician is Bjørn Bendz, b. 1964, who took over the position after Otto Smiseth in 2020. Bendz is a professor in medicine and in charge of the Heart, Lung and Vascular Clinic at Rikshospitalet (the National Hospital), which is a part of Oslo University Hospital.

The king is on vacation in Langkawi in Malaysia together with Queen Sonja. As the press statement says, no decision has been made regarding the king's return home, but as I mentioned yesterday the official program says that the Crown Prince will serve as Regent for another week and that the king has planned to preside over the Council of State on Friday 8 March. We just have to wait and see if changes to the program of official engagements will be made. 

Crown Prince Haakon said to the press today that he had talked with his parents, that his impression was that the king's health situation had improved and that he was in good hands. 

King Harald celebrated his 87th birthday last week, so it is natural that necessary precautions are taken when he has fallen ill. Some people has criticized the king for traveling, but even though he has had periods of sick leave in the last few years I don't think he would have traveled if his health had been at risk. He could easily have fallen ill while in Norway as well.

27 February 2024

United Kingdom: Thomas Kingston, husband of Lady Gabriella Kingston, found dead

Buckingham Palace issued tonight a statement on behalf of Lady Gabriella Kingston, Martin and Jill Kingston, Joanna Connolly and Emma Murray, informing of the death of Thomas Kingston.

It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas Kingston, our beloved husband, son and brother. Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him. His death has come as a great shock to the whole family and we ask you to respect our privacy as we mourn his passing.
According to BBC News, Mr. Kingston was found dead at an address in Gloucestershire on Sunday evening, 25 February 2024. "There were no suspicious circumstances and no one else was involved", BBC News writes.

Gabriella, b. 1981, is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and thus a second cousin to King Charles. She married the financier Thomas Kingston, b. 1978, at St. George's Chapel, Windsor on 18 May 2019. The couple had no children. Thomas was the son of William Martin Kingston and Jill Mary Kingston, née Bache, and had two sisters, Joanna and Emma.

Updated on Wednesday 28 February 2024 at 07:40 ("on Sunday morning" corrected to "on Sunday evening").

Thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine II of the Hellenes

A thanksgiving service for King Constantine II of the Hellenes, who died on 10 January 2023, 82 years old, took place today at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, United Kingdom. 

The service was officiated by the Dean of Windsor, Christopher Cocksworth, and Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain. The eulogy was delivered by King Constantine's friend Sir Nicholas Soames, who is a grandson of Sir Winston Churchill. His eulogy can be read here, while the order of service can be read here.

The service was attended by the late king's widow Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, all her children as well as other members of the Greek royal family, and also by many representatives of royal Europe. Among the many present in the chapel were (the Greeks and the British royal and extended family listed first, then the others in alphabetic order):

  • Queen Anne-Marie
  • Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
  • Princess Maria-Olympia
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas
  • Prince Odysseas-Kimon
  • Prince Aristides-Stavros
  • Princess Alexia and Carlos Morales Quintana *
  • Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana
  • Princess Theodora and Matthew Kumar
  • Prince Philippos and Princess Nina
  • Princess Irene
  • Princess Alexandra (daughter of Prince Michael)
  • Darius Mirzayantz * (son of the former)
United Kingdom
  • Queen Camilla
  • The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York
  • Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
  • The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and Sir Tim Laurence
  • Zara and Mike Tindall
  • Lady Sarah and Daniel Chatto, 
  • The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester 
  • The Duke of Kent
  • The Earl and Countess of St. Andrews
  • Lady Helen Taylor 
  • Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
  • Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
  • James and Julia Ogilvy
  • Marina Ogilvy,
  • The Marquess and Marchioness of Milford Haven
  • The Countess Mountbatten of Burma 
  • Lady Alexandra and Thomas Hooper
  • India (Hicks) and David Flint Wood 
  • Amory Flint Wood (son of the former and a godchild of King Constantine).
The Prince of Wales was meant to attend, but had to cancel for "privacy reasons". According to the order of service he had been invited to do the second reading.

  • Archduchess Helen *
  • Margrave Bernhard and Margravine Stephanie
  • Prince Kyril
  • Princess Benedikte (sister-in-law of King Constantine)
  • Hereditary Prince Ernst August
  • Landgrave Donatus
  • Princess Saskia
  • Queen Noor
  • Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath
  • Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine
  • Prince Gustav and Princess Carina
  • Princess Alexandra, Countess of  Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille and Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille
  • Prince Alexander *
  • King Felipe
  • Queen Letizia
  • Queen Sophia (sister of King Constantine)
  • King Juan Carlos
  • Infanta Elena
  • Infanta Cristina
  • Juan Urdangarin y Borbón (son of the former)
  • Count Hans Veit *
  • Princess Tatiana Radziwill
For the record, the funeral service took place on 16 January 2023 in Athens, Greece, followed by burial at the royal cemetery at Tatoi.


Updated on Wednesday 28 February 2024 at 20:45 (a few names added (marked by an asterisk) as well as Nobiliana.de and Rebecca English in the list of sources).

Norway: King Harald hospitalized in Malaysia

The Norwegian Royal Court informed today that King Harald of Norway has fallen ill during his vacation in Malaysia and has been admitted to a local hospital to be treated for an infection. The king is receiving good care by both Malaysian and Norwegian medical staff. 

The Norwegian newspaper VG.no, whose source is the Malaysian newspaper Astrowani.com, writes that the hospital in question is Hospital Sultanah Malihai in Langkawi.

It is not known how long the vacation was meant to last, but according to the official program the king is expected to be back for duty on 8 March 2024 when he is to preside over the Council of State. In the meantime Crown Prince Haakon will continue to serve as Regent. According to the program the Crown Prince is referred to as Regent on 6 March, but not the day after, which could be interpreted as saying that the King is expected to return some time on 6 March 2024.

22 February 2024

Tjukke Slekta nr. 3, 2023

Siste utgave av Tjukke Slekta (nr. 3/2023) havnet i min postkasse mandag i forrige uke, og dermed er den 33. årgangen av medlemsbladet til Sør-Østerdal Slektshistorielag fullbrakt. Vi er et lite stykke ut i 2024, så bladet er litt forsinket, men jeg har ingen grunn til å klage. Foreningen og redaksjonen leverer som alltid. Det er nok av interessant lesestoff denne gangen også:
  • Fra redaksjonen, s. 3–4.
  • Tore Stenberg Falch: Om å trekke forfedre og formødre frem fra glemselen, s. 5.
  • Tore Stenberg Falch: Tippoldefar Nikolai - mer enn bare et navn og to årstall, s. 6–15.
  • Ronny Rismyhr Haugen: Hvem var Ola Taraldsen i Søstu Trønnes?, s. 16–23.
  • Ronny Rismyhr Haugen: Om Enersenstua på Søby og de som bodde der, s. 24–34.
  • Trond Bækkevold: Hvem var Bente Kjellsdatter?, s. 35–45.
  • Trond Bækkevold/Ronny Rismyhr Haugen: «Så slo jeg meg på fotografien» - fotografer i Sør-Østerdal, Hamar og Øvre Solør 1858–1925, del 9, s. 46–55.
    • Halvor Haslerud (av RRH og TB), s. 47–54.
    • Mina Westbye (av TB), s. 55.
Tidligere formann i Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening, Tore S. Falch, er en erfaren slektsforsker, men har publisert relativt få slektsartikler. Det er synd, for han har en god fortellerevne og skriver godt. Den første artikkelen er vel egentlig mer et slags forord til den neste. Han minner oss om at slektshistorie lett blir til mange navn og årstall, og at vi vet for lite om våre aner og livet de har levd. Men det er mulig å lete opp informasjon fra ulike kilder og tegne et grunnriss av det levde livet. Falch har gått sin tippoldefar Nikolai Jonsen (1849–1874) fra Deset i Åmot nærmere i sømmene og tegner et levende bilde av forfaren, dens aner og slektskrets for øvrig. Artikkelen er illustrert og har også stamtavler for Nikolai og kona Karoline Olsdatter (1847–1930).

Ronny Rismyhr Haugen forfattet en solid og omfattende artikkel i tre deler i Tjukke Slekta nr. 1, 2 og 3/2022, Om lensmann Tollev Tollevsen Hornset i Rendalen og farsætta hans fra Negard i Stor-Elvdal. I artikkelen om Ola Taraldsen i Søstu Trønnes i Stor-Elvdal tar Haugen opp en løs tråd fra den nevnte artikkelserien og gir også en kritisk gjennomgang av bygdebokens omtale av slektskretsen. Til slutt retter slektsforfatteren noen feil i artikkelserien fra 2022. Kanskje ikke de største feilene, men likevel synes jeg det er bra at det blir gjort.

Den neste artikkelen, som handler om  Ovidia Gundersdatter Søby (1872–1914) (Heradsbygda, Elverum) og hennes slektskrets, er både god og underholdende. Slektsoversikten er tettpakket med detaljer og det er mulig at det hadde gjort seg bedre med en mer skjematisk oversikt for lesbarhetens skyld, men for noen detaljer! Ovidias datter Inga Marie Gundersdatter (Inga Botolvsen) (1894–1968) var gift med Marius Botolvsen (1895–1943). Marius var uekte sønn av Barthold Henrik Todderud Ring (1881–1951), og den som leser årstallene nøye vil se at Barthold var en svært så ung far! Det kan for øvrig være en (veldig så) indirekte forbindelse mellom Ring-slekten og min Hoelseth-slekt, men jeg m å vel sjekke ut om det faktisk er snakk om samme Ring-slekt før jeg skriver noe mer ...

Tjukke Slektas andre redaktør, Trond Bækkevold, har også en egen artikkel, Hvem var Bente Kjellsdatter? Forfatteren skriver at han under arbeidet med Slektsbok for etterkommere etter Emil og Anne Marie Uthus (2011) kom over paret Johan Eriksen og Bente Kjellsdatter, der førstnevnte var en bror til en av Bækkevolds aner. Han kom ikke i mål i jakten på Bentes opphav før boken gikk i trykken. Noen år senere dukket det opp et spørsmål om ekteparet (Johan Eriksen (1796–1882) var fra Osen sogn i Trysil, ekteparet endte senere opp i Surnadal av alle steder) i et diskusjonsforum på Facebook. Facebook-tråden ble slettet, men heldigvis har Bækkevold maktet å nøste opp detaljene om slektskretsen og fremfor alt fant han ut av Bentes opphav. En av anerekkene hennes går for øvrig til sorenskriver Niels Rasmussen Muus (f. ca. 1595, d. 1663).

Niende del om fotografer i Sør-Østerdal, Hamar og Øvre Solør 1858–1925 tar for seg fotografene Halvor Haslerud (Årnes 1875–Oslo 1942) og Mina Olava Westbye (Trysil 1879–Voorheesville, New York, USA 1966). Sistnevnte virket kun som fotograf  i Norge 2–3 år før hun slo seg ned i USA for godt og giftet seg der, men dokumentasjonen er uansett viktig, selv om presentasjonen av henne er kort.

English summary: This article is about issue no. 3, 2023 of Tjukke Slekta, the newsletter of Sør-Østerdal Slektshistorielag (Sør-Østerdal Genealogical Society). The society covers the municipalities of Elverum, Engerdal, Rendalen, Stor-Elvdal, Trysil and Åmot.   

13 February 2024

Gjallarhorn nr. 73, desember 2023

Gjallarhorn nr. 73, desember 2023, kom i posten rett før jul 2023, og nå nærmer jeg meg endelig slutten av tidsskrifter mottatt i fjor og som jeg har planlagt å skrive en kommentar til. Gjallarhorn – tidsskriftet for amatørgenealoger i alle aldre, er felles medlemsblad for både Vestfold Slektshistorielag og Buskerud Slektshistorielag. Ettersom jeg har røtter i begge fylker passer det jo godt for meg med et felles tidsskrift. 

Hvis du lurer på hva som er avbildet på forsiden, så fortelles det på side 3 at bildet er av Lives gravsten, som lenge lå foran hovedinngangen til Efteløt kirke som dørhelle. Samme bilde er avbildet på side 40 i forbindelse med Torbjørn Steen-Karlsens artikkel Gunnes i Sandsvær, og den Live det er snakk om er Live Nilsdatter Skjerven, d. 1661, g1. Halvor Gunnes, g2. Laurits Nielsen Karth, d. 1664, sogneprest til Sandsvær 1642–1664. For øvrig ble gravstenen flyttet inn i kirken i 1905. For ordens skyld, Efteløt kirke fra ca. 1184 ligger i (Ytre) Sandsvær, nå en del av Kongsberg kommune.

  • Innkalling til årsmøte i Vestfold Slektshistorielag, s. 4.
  • Innkalling til årsmøte i Buskerud Slektshistorielag, s. 4.
  • Svein-Åge Wærhaug-Mathisen: Minneord Gerd Norma Berntsen 18.5.1936 - 19.10.2023, s. 5.
  • Torbjørn Steen-Karlsen: Isak Abrahamsen Nor(d)mand, s. 6–8.
  • Torbjørn Steen-Karlsen: Anund Østensson og Steinor Torsteinsdotter Kimestads etterslekt i Vestfold, s. 8–37.
  • Tor Gervin: Lensmannsgården Fagertun, Nøtterøys flotte bygdetun, s. 37–38.
  • Torbjørn Steen-Karlsen: Gunnes i Sandsvær, s. 39–45.
  • Ketil Firing Hanssen: Opphavet til Salomon Jonsen Nes, s. 46–48.
  • Amund Gulsvik: Gårds- og bygdehistorie i Lunder på Ringerike, s. 49.
  • Utnevnelse til æresmedlemmer i Buskerud Slektshistorielag, s. 50.
  • Referater fra medlemsmøter Buskerud slektshistorielag. Referat fra arrangementer som Buskerud Slektshistorielag har deltatt på, stått som arrangør av høsten 2023, s. 51.
  • Eli Ulriksen: Referater fra medlemsmøter Vestfold Slektshistorielag, s, 52-54.
  • Eli Ulriksen: Begravelse, jordfestelse, jordpåkastelse - litt om bruk av begrepene, s. 55.
Det er med andre ord et fullpakket blad med både genealogiske artikler, foreningsstoff og annet. Jeg fokuserer som vanlig på de genealogiske artiklene. Den produktive Torbjørn Steen-Karlsen bidrar med tre artikler i dette tidsskriftet. Sjømannen Isak Abrahamsen Nor(d(mand var født i Eiker ca. 1685 og døde i Tønsberg i 1706. I artikkelen får vi først en oversikt over barna i første ekteskap og deretter en oversikt over moren Cathrines Trebsdorf/Trebsdorph-slekt med dennes barn og barnebarn (minus Isaks, som allerede er opplistet innledningsvis) og deretter følger onkelen (?) Hans Ernst Trebsdorph og dennes barn og noen barnebarn og oldebarn. Med forbehold om at jeg har forstått alt riktig. Vi møter på slekts-/adressenavn som Coldevin (Coldevej), Waager, Melcher og Køhler.

Den største artikkelen denne gangen omhandler Kimestad i Vestfold. Gården ligger i dagens Horten kommune like vest for Bakkenteigen, der dagens Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge ligger. Steen-Karlsen forteller at han ved besøk i Riksarkivet i 1999 ble gjort oppmerksom på at det fantes mange dokumenter om Kimestad, og «Ved gjennomgang av denne diplomsamlingen begynte en slekt å tre fram fra det ukjente og det kan bevises at i hvert fall satt samme slekta på gården fra 1575 fram til 1700, og det var grener flere steder i Vestfold. Det er svært gledelig at det endelig er kommet en artikkel med utgangspunkt i dette materialet etter så mange år. Som forfatteren selv skriver så tar han for seg alle eierne og brukerne av Kimestad fra 1503 til etter 1700, presenterer hvem de var  og hvor de hørte hjemme, og hvordan slekten fra Gyltesø i Sande giftet seg inn. Han skriver videre: "Godsovergangene ved minst to, kanskje tre arveganger og etterkommere gjennom 1600-tallet og ut på 1700-tallet, der de kan knyttes til bestående bygdebokslitteratur. Og salget av Kimestad ut av slekta. Jeg vil bevise og sansynliggjøre [sic] at det finnes etterkommere flere steder i Vestfold. Likeså en mulig forbindelse bakover på gården Kvån Søndre som kan gå via Steinor Torsteinsdotter.» Som jeg ofte skriver i forbindelse med disse slektsartiklene - klarer man selv å komme tilbake til de personene som er omtalt i artikkelen, kan man få mye gratishjelp til å komme seg enda lenger bakover, kanskje helt tilbake til 1500-tallet. Artikkelen tar leseren blant annet til Tjølling, så det er jo ikke umulig at jeg kan koble meg på jeg også. Men da må jeg få gjort noe seriøst med forskningen på egne aner først.

Artikkelen Gunnes i Sandsvær tar utgangspunkt i Halvor Olsen Gunnes, nevnt 1575, skifte 27. februar 1634. Vi får en oversikt over barna i Halvors to ekteskap og etterkommere, til dels til et stykke ut på 1700-tallet. Det er en del interessante slektskoblinger her, blant annet til presteslekten Friis.

Ketil Firing Hanssens artikkel Opphavet til Salomon Jonsen Nes (1735–1822) er god på flere måter. Ikke bare bringer han ny viten om Salomon Jonsens bakgrunn i Gausdal, men han viser også hvordan han søker i Digitalarkivet og FamilySearch for å komme frem til resultatet. Svært metodisk og lærerikt. For ordens skyld, losoldermannen Salomon Jonsen satte spor etter seg i Borre, Slagen og Nøtterøy, han hadde 13 barn og har sikkert mer enn tusen etterkommere i dag. Ifølge Hanssen er han omtalt i flere tidligere utgaver av Gjallarhorn, senest i nr. 69, desember 2021.

Short English summary: This article is about the latest issue of Gjallarhorn, the newsletter of Vestfold Slektshistorielag and Buskerud Slektshistorielag (Vestfold Genealogical Society and Buskerud Genealogical Society).

7 February 2024

Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 4, 2023

I have written on the envelope which included the latest issue of Royalty Digest Quarterly (no. 4, 2023) that it arrived on 9 January 2024. So this time I am not too late with my commentary article, as compared to RDQ no. 3, 2023. The list of planned blog articles about various genealogy and history periodicals has fortunately become shorter, and I have managed to update my blog quite often so far this year as compared to last fall. Life is less hectic now, so I am able to focus more on my blog activities than earlier. Another reason is that Slektshistoriewiki, the Norwegian genealogy wiki which I am the editor of, has been taken down since 1 January due to program updating, and that work, which I am not involved with, has taken more time than expected. But this also means that I have not been able to update and write new articles on the wiki for a while. I look forward to returning to my editor responibilities and other contributions to Slektshistoriewiki, but I enjoy updating the blog as well. I have also started on a genealogy book project this year, but it is something that I plan to work on and off for quite some time. I might not get the book out before 2027 or 2028 because there is so much work to be done on it, and I have to work on other projects as well, and of course my family and work have to come first.

Anyway, here are the contents of the latest issue of RDQ:
  • Charlotte Zeepvat: The Prince House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. A Family Album, pp. 1-22.
  • Susan Symons. Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and her sister, pp. 23–29.
  • Datiu Salvia Ocaña: The Spanish Hohenlohe-Langenburgs, pp. 30–36.
  • Elizabeth Jane Timms: Imperial Governess: Miss Throckmorton and Marie Valerie [, Part] II, pp. 37–46.
  • Stephen Bunford: Claims and counter-claims. Those who would be kings/queens, or think they should, pp. 47–53.
  • Katrina Warne: A Surfeit of Sophias, pp. 54–58.
  • Bearn Bilker: Christian, Fürst zu Bentheim und Steinfurt 1923–2023, pp. 59–62
  • The World Wide Web of Royalty. Births, marriages, deaths and other events in the Royal Families of Europe, p. 64.
On page 63 you will find information on the planned Royal Weekend conference in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, which will take place on 11 October (evening) to 13 October  (afternoon) 2024. I very much plan to attend the conference and hope to see you all there! I have never been to that part of the Netherlands before, so it all looks interesting.

Charlotte Zeepvat, the former historical consultant to Royalty Digest Quarterly, has returned with a contribution titled The Princely House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. A Family Album. As usual the readers get a short introduction to the dynasty, then follows a large number of illustrations (of palaces and members of the dynasty, 70 in all if I have counted correctly) and finally the readers can enjoy 5 pages with genealogy tables. The genealogy surveys become handy when reading the next two articles, which also cover members of the Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Susan Symons, who is known for her book series on German castles and palaces, has written a nice article about Princess Feodora of Leiningen (1807–1872), who in 1828 married Ernst I of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1794–1860). Feodora was elder the half-sister of the British Queen Victoria (1819–1901).

To be honest, I didn't know too much about the Spanish Hohenlohe-Langenburgs, so the article was very useful to me. The already mentioned genealogy tables helped when reading the article, because the author lists lots of names! There is no list of sources at the end of the article, which I hope was a one-time mistake.

I wrote about Elizabeth Jane Timms' articles on Imperial Governess last month. I really enjoyed the two-part article.

The list of people with a claim to the present and former thrones of Europe is long. I think Stephen Bunford has made a good effort of presenting them all. Visited are United Kingdom (the Stuarts), Portugal, France, Austria, Russia, Spain, Romania, Italy, Saxony, Monaco and Bourbon-Two Sicilies. I don't understand why the author writes that «Does a monarch have the right to change succession rules? This was done in Denmark (disinheriting Prince Knud and allowing female succession), [...]», though. The question was settled by constitutional changes supported by a majority of the Danes in a referendum. It was not King Frederik IX's unilateral decision. 

There have been many royals named Sophia over the years. Katrina Warne tells the story of  seven of them. I take the opportunity to quote from the article's introduction: «In May 2007 Point de Vue published a royal family tree highlighting numerous royals named Sophia or Sophie or a regional variation of the name. The publication was prompted by the birth of Infanta Sofia of Spain, the younger daughter of King Felipe VI. A couple of years later my niece Sophie was born and as I was very pleased that she had been given a royal name I looked at the family tree again. I noticed that in one line of descent that there was a surfeit of royals named Sophia and that it included some interesting personalities.» The line begins with the Electress Sophia of Hannover (1630–1714) and ends with Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg (1759–1828), who took the name Maria Feodorovna when she married Emperor Paul I of Russia in 1776.  The above-mentioned Infanta Sofia of Spain is of course one of many descendants of the couple. 

Prince Christian of Bentheim and Steinfurt celebrated his 100th birthday on 9 December 2023. He died 3 days later. The article by Bearn Bilker was written prior to his death, so information about his death has probably been added by the editor, Ted Rosvall. The new head of the House of Bentheim and Steinfurt is Prince Christian's nephew and adopted son Prince Carl Ferdinand, b. 1977.

The genealogy column The World- Wide Web of Royalty then brings news from Austria, Liechtenstein, Russia, Saxony-Coburg and Gotha, Schleswig-Holstein, Schwarzenberg, Serbia, Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Hohenlohe-Öhringen.

Information about Royalty Digest Quarterly can be found at its editor's website Royalbooks.se. See earlier presentations of RDQ here. See also its Facebook page

Serbia: Crown Prince Alexander's statement following the news about King Charles' health

King Charles' decision to be open about his cancer diagnosis has encouraged the Crown Prince of Serbia to speak about his own recent experience of prostate cancer (press release 6 February 2024):

Crown Prince Alexander's statement following the news about King Charles' health

Belgrade, 6 February 2024 – Following the worrying news about the health of His Majesty King Charles III of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms, HRH Crown Prince Alexander issues the following statement:

“Deeply concerned by the condition which most unfortunately, affected my dear cousin and friend, HM King Charles III, and moved by his courage, despite the disease, sharing his personal health condition with his people, I am sending the following message of support, but also of understanding, and compassion. The love of all of us who know him, and of his people, we deeply care for him, will support His Majesty in persevering and winning this most important battle. The news that it is early stage gives high hope.

The unfortunate news about cancer is not something you wish to hear. And I can say it personally, as I very well know how you feel once you hear it. How frightening and terrifying it is also for the family, how all the feelings get mixed up, and how you cannot think about anything else. I can say it now because I only recently defeated cancer. I had avoided speaking about it, as it is a personal matter concerning only me and my family, but King Charles’ openness moved me and encouraged me to also speak up.

I am sharing this now, because this kind of tragic news can encourage people to react and take care of their health. The statistics already show that once heard about the previous condition His Majesty had with the prostate, the number of check-ups in the United Kingdom has highly risen. That is why people should hear my story, to see it is something that can happen to all of us. But when we are responsible, the outcome can be good.

In December last year, I found out that I have early-stage prostate cancer. The year before, I was on my regular check-up, the doctors performed an MRI exam and saw something suspicious. They did a biopsy, and everything was ok at that time. A year later, although I did not have any problems, an MRI scan again showed worrying images, but this time the biopsy results showed the word we are all afraid of. At that moment, I was terrified. But I was not alone. I am not speaking about family and friends who knew this and shared their support, which meant so much and cannot be described in words, but also all the other people who are fighting this disease. After that, I listened to the doctor’s orders strictly, did all the necessary pre-intervention tests, had surgery, did all the mandatory check-ups after the operation, and finally, got the most joyous words from my doctor – “All is clear now”.  

I am strictly planning to continue regular doctor controls in the future, I appeal to everyone to follow this example and do the same. Be responsible with yourself, listen to the doctor’s advice, and monitor your health, preserve it, and nurture it as the greatest wealth and gift you will ever receive. And to conclude, I am hoping with all my heart His Majesty the King, my dear friend and cousin, will also be triumphant.” 

5 February 2024

Norway: King Harald back in business

King Harald was last week on sick leave due to a respiratory infection. He had intended to attend Landskytterstevnet Innendørs, the Norwegian indoors rifle championship at Stjørdal yesterday, but had to cancel. Originally the sick leave was to end after Friday 2 February. During his sick leave, Crown Prince Haakon took over his father's duties as regent.

Tonight the king was back in business as he attended a meeting in Oslo Militære Samfund («Oslo Military Society»), where the Norwegian defence minister Bjørn Arild Gram held a speech on the current status and challenges in the defence sector.

UK: King Charles diagnosed with cancer

Buckingham Palace announced today that King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer.  He will have to postpone his public duties to receive treatment, but will continue to undertake «State business and official paperwork» as usual. The king remains positive about his treatment and look forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible. The cancer was discovered in connection with his recent treatment for a benign prostate enlargement. The type of cancer has not been released, but a spokesman has ruled out prostate cancer.

According to The Telegraph, the announcement was given after the king had personally informed members of his family, including his two sons and siblings, as well as the prime minister. The Duke of Sussex is expected to travel from California very soon to visit his father.

31 January 2024

Both King Charles and the Princess of Wales have been discharged from hospital, while the King of Norway is on sick leave

Kensington Palace informed two days ago that the Princess of Wales, who earlier this month had been admitted to hospital for a planned abdominal surgery, had returned home to continue her recovery and that she was making good progress.

We also learned that King Charles had also left the hospital after having undergone «a corrective procedure» because of an enlarged prostate. In my blog article two weeks ago, I wrote that «The Princess of Wales certainly has the right to privacy, and the two health situations [...] are very different, but I fear that Kensington Palace's approach of openness, or lack thereof, will only lead to more speculations than necessary.» I should stress that the Princess of Wales absolutely has the right to privacy and that the public don't really need to know the reason for her surgery. I only hope that her recovery will go well and that she will soon be back making engagements. As one of the most popular members of the British royal family her public presence is very important to the institution.

The Royal Court in Oslo announced today that King Harald, who will celebrate his 87th birthday next month, is on sick leave (again) until after 2 February due to a respiratory infection.  

Denmark: The declaration of abdication

In my blog article titled Denmark: The declaration of abdication exempted from publicity published on 22 January 2024 I expressed my astonishment that the text of the declaration, which Queen Margrethe signed on 14 January 2024, was not made public. When the National Archives of Denmark wrote at its Facebook page on 19 January that the document had been received, it also informed that «The declaration of abdication is being physically kept in the National Archives and is not scanned and made public.» When asked why, the representative referred to the archives act. The same information was also given in the media, for instance at msn.com (Ritzau) 16 January 2024 and tv2kosmopol.dk 21 January 2024, so there was nothing wrong with my understanding or translation. It could be, however, that the National Archives was only commenting on the access to the original document kept in the archives and nothing else.

On 15 January 2024 I e-mailed the Danish Prime Minister's Office and asked if the declaration of abdication would be published in one way or another, referring to my interest in constitutional history and expressing my wish to read the text. As an historian specialising among others in the constitutional aspects of the monarchies, I am of course interested in the process of succession to the throne and how things are actually carried out when a monarch decides to abdicate the throne.

Today I received a reply from the PMO.  The office had generously interpreted my e-mail as a request for document access (anmodning om aktindsigt) and had decided to accomodate it. Enclosed was the scanned copy of the abdication document, including Queen Margrethe's signature.

In translation:

We, Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid, by the Grace of God Queen of Denmark, hereby announce that We, with Our signature on this document, abdicate Our Throne.


Given at Christiansborg Palace, 14 January 2024.

The document also say it has been «Issued in two identical copies». As I explained last week, one copy is kept by the archives of Folketinget (the Danish Parliament) and the other by Rigsarkivet (the Danish National Archives).

Besides the scanned copy of the declaration of abdication, I also received a «file overview» (aktoversigt), referring to the enclosed declaration as document no. 91/2024, that it was categorised as «internal» and that it had the id number 572976.

I am of course  very pleased that I have received the document, even though I am still wondering why the declaration was never considered for announcement in Lovtidende (the Danish Legal Gazette) or in any other form, such as at the website of the PMO. How can the declaration be deemed less important/«Lovtidende worthy» or less relevant than for instance the announcement of King Frederik's monogram? It is, as I have written earlier, after all a constitutional act which relates to who the head of state is and from when. But having now received the document, I hereby promise not to question the Danish ambitions of transparency too much in the future!

Updated on Thursday 1 February 2024 at 08:30 (minor correction to the translation of the declaration).

30 January 2024

Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 3, 2023

The third issue of Royalty Digest Quarterly in 2023 was published some time last fall and should of course have been commented on a long time ago. There are two reasons for this lag – the first is that I focused so much on various genealogy projects last fall that I didn't blog much at all. The other is that I misplaced my copy of RDQ before I got the chance to read it. It was rediscovered in a bag I normally don't use around Christmas time. And so far this month I have written so much about the events in Denmark besides commenting on other periodicals. I now realize that I haven't commented on issue no. 2 from last year either. No, I haven't lost that copy, but I think the train has passed for commenting on it. Anyway, no. 3 has been read and it's on time to write a few words. 

  • Marlene A. Eilers KoenigThe Wedding of Gusty and Louise, pp. 1–10.
  • Ted Rosvall: The Landgraves of Hessen-Homburg, pp. 11–20.
  • Susan Symons: The Princesses of Hessen-Homburg, pp. 23–30.
  • Elizabeth Jane Timms: Imperial Governess. Miss Throckmorton and Marie Valerie, pp. 31–41.
  • Ove Mogensen: Tombs, Grave and Monuments in Romania, pp. 42–48.
  • Ted Rosvall: A Double Jubilee in Sweden, pp. 49–55.
  • Ted Rosvall: Royal Bustards, p. 56.
  • Stephen Bunford: George III's illegitimate grandchildren, pp. 57–61.
  • Coryne Hall: Little-Known ROYALS. Princess Zorka of Montenegro, pp. 62–63.
  • The World Wide Web of Royalty, p. 64.
In other words plenty of articles worth reading. First one out is Marlene Koenig's article on the wedding of the then Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden to Lady Louise Mountbatten in 1923. Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, eldest son of King Gustaf V and Queen Victoria, née Princess of Baden, had earlier been married to Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, who died in 1920, only 38 years old. Margaret was the eldest daughter of the Duke of Connaught and the Duchess of Connaught, nee Princess Luise Margarete of Prussia. Lady Louise Mountbatten was born in 1889 as Princess of Battenberg, the second daughter of Prince Louise of Battenberg and Princess Victoria of Battenberg, née Princess of Hesse and by Rhine. As is well known, Prince Louis relinquished his his title Prince of Battenberg and style of Serene Highness in July 1917 and anglicised his family name to Mountbatten. In November 1917 Louis was created Marquess of Milford Haven. His eldest daughter Alice, mother of Prince Philip, was already married at the time, so only the three younger children stopped using their princely titles and assumed courtesy titles as children of a British Marquess. I make a point of this because it meant that Louise was not a princess in 1923, and the Swedish Act of Succession at the time said that a a Prince would lose his rights if he married «a private man's daughter», i.e. was not a royal or equal. Lady Louise would thus come into this category, but the matter was «solved» when the British prime minister at the time confirmed that she was a member of the British Royal Family and was included in the list of precedence at the court. Obviously the understanding ot the article in the Act of Succession was stretched a bit for the marriage to go ahead without consequences. But married they were, and upon Gustaf Adolf's succession in 1950 as King Gustaf VI Adolf, Crown Prince Louise became Queen of Sweden. She died in 1965, 75 years old.

Ted Rosvall then tells the story of the Landgraves of Hesse-Homburg (or Hesse-Homburg if you like), perhaps one of the less known houses of Hesse. The last Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg was Ferdinand (1783–1866), second youngest son of Landgrave Friedrich V (1748–1820) and Landgravine Karoline, née Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt (1746–1821). His elder brothers Friedrich, Ludwig, Philipp and Gustav had also been Landgraves, but none of them left a male heir to carry on the line. Besides the short presentation the article includes 35 illustrations of family members, palaces/castles and even a map.Thankfully Rosvall has also provided a «select family tree», which is useful when reading Susan Symon's article The Princesses of Hessen-Homburg. The said princesses were the five sisters of the above-mentioned landgraves who survived childhood. All in all Friedrich V and Karoline had 15 children (An Online Gotha lists 13 of them). Symons, whos known for her book series about German palaces and castles, gives a good outline of the princesses and their marriages and offspring.

Elizabeth Jane Timms's article Imperial Governess. Miss Throckmorton and Marie Valarie is based on among others the Throckmorton papers (correspondence etc.) kept in the Warwickshire County Record Office and the court archives in Vienna. Miss Mary Throckmorton (1832–1919) was a daughter of Sir Robert George Throckmorton, 8th Baronet and his wife, Elizabeth Acton, daughter of Sir John Francis Edward Acton, Baronet of Aldenham. Miss Throckmorton served as Governess to Archduchess Marie Valerie (1868–1924), youngest child of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830–1916) and Empress Elisabeth, née Duchess in Bavaria (1837–1898), from 1869 to 1874. In this first (of two) articles on the Imperial Governess we follow the lives of Marie Valerie and her former governess through the correspondence they kept. As I have written on so many occasions, I love these articles where you read about royalty through people who were employed at a court. The article is well written and well researched. And thankfully, as already mentioned, there is a second article on the relationship between the Archduchess and her former governess.

Ove Mogensen has traveled all over the world to visit and take photographs of tombs, graves and monuments of the many royal and princely houses and have written numerousn articles about these visits in RDQ. This time we learn about the graves of various members of the Romanian royal family in and outside Romania. This sort of articles is another – and good – way to learn more about royal history. And as always well illustrated

The editor of Royalty Digest Quarterly, Ted Rosvall, has contributed to several articles in this issue. In A Double Jubilee in Sweden, we learn both about the 500th anniversary of Gustav Vasa's succession to the Swedish throne and Carl XVI Gustaf's 50th anniversary as King of Sweden. The author also gives us a short presentation of the monarchs between 1523 and 2003. In his Royal Bustards series, Rosvall then tells the story of the Swedish singer Carl-Erik Olivebring (1919–2002), who might have been the illegitimate son of King Gustaf VI Adolf (also mentioned above). Her mother was a lady-in-waiting at the Royal Court in Stockholm, Judith Cecilia Serafia Andersson (1877–1924). The official records say that his father was a farmer named Lars Ersson, b. 1844. Other than the connection to the court, there is nothing that backs up the claim, other than that the singer had an «uncanny resemblance to some of the king's sons, especially Prince Sigvard and Prince Bertil». Oh well. 

Stephen Bunford follows up with a good discussion about and outline of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland's illegitimate grandchildren.

I have earlier questioned some of che choices for the series Little-Known ROYALS written by Coryne Hall, but of course it will depend how much knowledge you have about the present and former monarchies. Princess Zorka of Montenegro (1865–1890) was the eldest daughter and child of Prince Nikola, later King Nikola of Montenegro (1841–1860–1921) and Princess, latger Queen, Milena, née Vukotic (1847–1923). She married Prince Peter Karadjordjevic (1844–1921), who became King of Serbia in 1903, but by then Zorka had been dead for 13 years. I am not sure if she had been better known if she had lived longer and become Queen. One could say that the kingdom of Serbia is better known than the smaller neighbour kingdom of  Montenegro, but again it all depends on your knowledge. I think she fits the category, and anyway, Coryne Hall tells her story well.

The genealogical news included in the The World Wide Web of Royalty column are from events in July, August and September 2023, so they are a bit old now, but such records of events can be useful nevertheless. This time the readers are given news from the Imperial, royal and princely houses of Austria, Bavaria, Bourbon-Parme, Denmark (Rosenborg), France-Orléans, Schleswig-Holstgein and Württemberg.

If you are not already a subscriber to Royalty Digest Quarterly, please consider it! Information about the magazine can be found at its editor's website Royalbooks.se. See earlier presentations of RDQ here. See also its Facebook page.

22 January 2024

Denmark: The declaration of abdication exempted from publicity

In connection with Queen Margrethe II's abdication on 14 January 2024, I expected that the text of the declaration of abdication would be made public some way or another later the same day, or at least be announced in Lovtidende, the Danish Legal Gazette, at the first opportunity. But when it was not announced on 15 January, as I wrote about the same day, I started to wonder if the declaration was to exempted from publicity. I sent an e-mail to the Prime Minister's Office about it, but has so far not received a reply.

Last Friday, 19 January 2024, Rigsarkivet, the Danish National Archives, confirmed on it's Facebook page that the declaration had been received:


Rigsarkivaren har modtaget den abdikationserklæring, som Dronningen underskrev under Statsrådet på Christiansborg Slot, hvor Kronprinsen overtog tronen som H.M. Kong Frederik 10. Vi har set frem til at modtage erklæringen, og nu har vores arkivarer registreret og lagt den i Rigsarkivets sikrede magasiner, så den er blevet en del af Danmarks hukommelse.

In translation:

The National Archivist has received the declaration of abdication which the Queen signed during the Council of State at Christiansborg Palace, where the Crown Prince acceeded to the throne as H.M. King Frederik 10. We have looked forward to receiving the declaration, and now our archivists have registered and stored it in the National Archives's secured stockroom, so it has become a part of Denmark's memory. 
When someone asked to see the declaration, the reply was that «Abdikationserklæringen opbevares fysisk i Rigsarkivet og scannes og offentliggøres ikke.» («The declaration of abdication is being physically kept in the National Archives and is not scanned and made public.»). When asked why, Rigsarkivet referred to the archives act. At Rigsarkivet's website we are informed that cases (documents) concerning the Royal House have a 100 years long publication ban, so unless decided otherwise the text of the declaration of abdication will not be made public until 2124!

I know that the Danish royal house is very secretive and the admission to reading documents in the royal archives are severly restricted, but not making the declaration of abdication public, it is after all a constitutional act which relates to who the head of state is and from when, is just absurd. I am a bit surprised that the question of making the declaration public has not been debated in the Danish media and by scholars (historians, jurists, political scientists). 

By the way, Queen Margrethe signed two copies of the declaration of abdication, as seen on TV. One copy is kept by the National Archives, while the second, as far as I understand it, is kept by the archives of Folketinget, the Danish Parliament.

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NB! Please see follow-up article published 31 January 2024 where the declaration of abdication is included.

Updated on Thursday 1 February 2024 at 11:00 (link to follow-up article added).

Denmark: New church prayer for the King and the royal house

Last week I wrote about Lovtidende (Danish Legal gazette) announcements related to King Frederik's accession to the Danish throne.

I have now been informed that the king during the Council of State of 14 January 2024 also decided on the new church prayer for the king and the royal house. Circulars are apparently not announced in Lovtidende, which is why I was not made aware of it. Anyway, Cirkulære om kirkebønnen for Kongen og det kongelige hus (CIR1H no. 9009 of 14 January 2024), Circular concerning the church prayer for the King and the royal house, was published at Retsinformation.dk, the Danish legal information system, on 15 January 2024.

The circular, which was addressed to bishops, deans, priests and parochial church councils, informs that «der skal bedes for Kong Frederik den Tiende, Dronning Mary, Kronprins Christian, Dronning Margrethe og hele det kongelige hus, når navne nævnes i den anordnede kirkebøn.» («one should pray for King Frederik the Tenth, Queen Mary, Crown Prince Christian, Queen Margrethe and the whole royal house when names are to be mentioned in the ordered church prayer»).

By the said royal resolution Cirkulære om kirkebønnen for Dronningen og det kongelige hus (CIR1H no. 9067 of 15 February 2018), Circular concerning the church prayer for the Queen and the royal house, was repealed. The latter circular – «der skal bedes for Dronning Margrethe II, Kronprins Frederik, Kronprinsesse Mary og hele det kongelige hus» («one should pray for Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and the whole royal house when names are to be mentioned in the ordered church prayer») – came about when Prince Henrik had died and his name was left out of the church prayer. The circular of 2018 repealed the circular of 17 May 2004 by which the name of the then Crown Princess Mary, née Mary Donaldson, was added following her marriage to Crown Prince Frederik.

I heard new church prayer for the first time yesterday when I watched the broadcast of the celebratory church cervice at Aarhus Cathedral.

Corrected on Monday 22 February 2024 at 22:25 (link corrected).

21 January 2024

Denmark: Celebratory church service at Aarhus Cathedral

Following King Frederik X's accession to the Danish throne last Sumday, a celebratory church service took place at Aarhus domkirke (Aarhus Cathedral) today at 2 p.m. Around 1000 people attended the service, including 600 people representing the official Denmark, while the other 400 were "ordinary citizens" who had got registered in advance.

The following members of the Danish Royal Family attended the church service:

  • King Frederik X
  • Queen Mary
  • Crown Prince Christian
  • Princess Isabella
  • Prince Vincent
  • Princess Josephine
  • Queen Margrethe
  • Princess Benedikte
King Frederik's first cousin once removed, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg and his wife Countess Sussie were also in attendance. The church service was officiated by Royal Chaplain-in-Ordinary and Bishop of the Diocese of Aarhus, Henrik Wigh-Poulsen. Besides the royal family, there were representatives from among others Folketinget (the Danish Parliament), the government (but not the prime minister), the Danish Royal Court, the Church of Denmark (but also representatives of other churches and other religions), the Danish Armed Forces, the Faroe Islands and Greenland and many municipalities in Denmark. The full guest list can be found here (at the website of the Diocese of Aarhus), while the program (in Danish only) can be viwed here (also at the website of the Diocese of Aarhus) or here (official website of the Danish Royal Family). The service lasted around an hour before the members of the royal family returned by car to Marselisborg Palace.

See photos from the event at the websites of Din Avis Aarhus or the Danish Royal House's Facebook page.

17 January 2024

UK: Health issues in the royal family

Buckingham Palace informed today that King Charles is going to hospital next week to undergo "a corrective procedure" because of an enlarged prostate.

The procedure means that the king's public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation. 

Shortly after this release, Kensington Palace informed that the Princess of Wales yesterday was admitted to hospital for a planned abdominal surgery. Thankfully the surgery was successful and it is expected that she will remain in hosital from 10 to 14 days before returning home to continue her recovery. As of now it is expected that she will not be able to make any public engagements until after Easter. 

The Princess of Wales certainly has the right to privacy, and the two health situations described above are very different, but I fear that Kensington Palace's approach of openness, or lack thereof, will only lead to more speculations than necessary. I wish her well and a speedy recovery.

16 January 2024

Tjukke Slekta nr. 2, 2023

Redaksjonen for Tjukke Slekta nr. 2, 2023 ble avsluttet 9. august 2023 og ifølge et innlegg på Sør-Østerdal Slektshistorielags Facebook-side 15. august 2023 ble bladet sendt ut «i løpet av de neste dagene». Så i likhet med Tjukke Slekta nr. 1, 2023, som jeg blogget om 9. januar 2024, så jeg har hatt god tid på meg til å både lese og skrive om den seneste utgaven. Men høsten ble hektisk og i de ledige stundene prioriterte jeg diverse prosjekter på Slektshistoriewiki. Nå som Slektshistoriewiki er nede en stund på grunn av høyst nødvendige oppdateringer får jeg muligheten til å ta igjen etterslepet.

Innholdsfortegnelse for Tjukke Slekta nr. 2, 2023:

  • Trond Bækkevold/Ronny Rismyhr Haugen: Fra redaksjonen, s. 3–4.
  • Frode Myrheim: Harald lensmann i Øysterdalen, eit ættetal frå Deset, tvo huder og fire skinn i Deset og éi hud i Unnset, s. 5–44.
  • Trond Bækkevold/Ronny Rismyhr Haugen: «Så slo jeg meg på fotografien» - fotografer i Sør-Østerdal, Hamar og Øvre Solør 1858–1925, del 8, s. 45–55.
    • Martha Alme (av TB), s. 46–49.
    • Torleif Østgaard (av TB og RRH), s. 50–51
    • Fridthjof Wibe (av RRH), s. 52–55

I herværende utgave er det et gammelt brev satt opp på Glomstad 11. august 1465 som er avbildet. Her nevnes de eldste kjente brukerne på Deset, Bjørn Trondsson og hans sønn Sigvat Bjørnsson. Brevet er trykt i Diplomatarium Norvegicum bind 1, nr. 872 (s. 634–635). Originalen finnes i Riksarkivets diplomsamling. Med litt velvilje er det faktisk mulig å forstå det meste av innholdet.

Slike gamle brev er ikke for hvem som helst å lese, tolke og skrive om, men da er det godt at man har erfarne og dyktige slektsforskere og skribenter som kan bringe ny viten til torgs. Frode Myrheim har igjen levert en solid kildebasert artikkel om den eldre brukerhistorien på Deset i Åmot i Østerdalen. Jeg tillater meg å sitere noe av det redaktørene skriver om Myrheims artikkel: 

En liten opphopning av gamle brev som kan knyttes til Deset og Løsset (Løset) i Åmot, lar oss blant annet sette opp to søskenflokker i to påfølgende generasjoner allerede før midten av 1500-tallet. Dette er uvanlig i Østerdalen så tidlig og gjør at denne familien nok er den best dokumenterte i dalføret fra den tida. Frode Myrheim beskriver dette inngående i sin artikkel i denne utgaven av Tjukke Slekta, hvor han også vurderer mulige slektskoblinger både framover og bakover i tid. På grunnlag av jordegods trekkes også bønder i Elverum og Rendalen inn som slektninger eller mulige slektninger. Artikkelens utgangspunkt er Harald lensmann i Østerdalen, nevnt i 1524, som forsøkes innplassert i den ene søskenflokken.

Innholdet i artikkelen dekker perioden fra siste del av 1400-tallet og frem til begynnelsen av 1700-tallet. Leserne får servert 5 slektstavler, en rekke illustrasjoner, blant annet brev og segl og avskrift av brev trykket i Diplomatarium Norvegicum. Brevet avbildet på forsiden omtales fra s. 37 og fremover. Min Hoelseth-slekt kom opprinnelig fra nevnte Glomstad, men kan så langt jeg kan se ikke kobles til personene som omtales i artikkelen. Min eneste kjente kobling til Deset og «Søgarden» i Åmot er at søsteren til min 3 x tippoldefar Ole Tollefsen Holset (1789–1840), Ingeborg Tollefsdatter (1802–1860) bodde på Søgarden sammen med hennes ektemann Otter Knutsen. Det er et bilde av Søgarden på s. 14 i artikkelen, og min «claim of fame» her er at jeg stod ved siden av forfatteren da han tok bildet sankthansaften 2022!

Den andre artikkelen er altså del 8 av artikkelserien om fotografer i Sør-Østerdal, Hamar og Øvre Solør i perioden 1858 til 1925 og omhandler fotografene Martha Alme (Rena, Åmot 1881–Rena, Åmot 1959), Torleif Østgaard (Tromsø 1893–Calgary, Canada 1962) og Fridthjof Wibe (Halden 1846–Kristiania 1907). Artikkelen inneholder deres biografier og er godt illustrert. Jeg har for øvrig arvet et gammelt fotoalbum etter min oldefars søster Ingeborg Louise Hoelseth (1882–1963) og har vel minst én gang i denne bloggen skrevet at jeg burde ta en ordentlig gjennomgang av albumet, for det er mange interessante slektsbilder der, blant annet fra Folldal og Trysil. Det er jo mulig at noen av bildene kan knyttes til fotografene som er presentert i artikkelserien. Men da må jeg trekke bildene ut av lommene i albumet for å kunne studere baksiden nærmere. Det skal vel være mulig å få til bare jeg er forsiktig og systematisk nok.

Sist, men ikke minst – det er nok av interessant lesestoff også i herværende utgave, så jeg ser frem til neste utgave!

English summary: This article is about issue no. 2, 2023 of Tjukke Slekta, the newsletter of Sør-Østerdal Slektshistorielag (Sør-Østerdal Genealogical Society). The society covers the municipalities of Elverum, Engerdal, Rendalen, Stor-Elvdal, Trysil and Åmot.