Funeral service for Princess Ragnhild
The funeral service for Her Highness Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen was held on Friday, 28 September 2012. The Princess passed away at her home in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on 16 September. She was 82 years old.
Their Majesties The King and Queen, Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner and Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise were in attendance at the funeral service.
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria represented the Royal Family of Sweden. Norwegian government officials in attendance included President of the Storting Dag Terje Andersen, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Supreme Court Justice Toril Marie Øie, County Governor of Oslo and Akershus Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Mayor of Oslo Fabian Stang, and Chief of Defence Harald Sunde.
Funeral service and reception
Draped in the National Flag, the casket bearing the remains of the Princess was placed on a catafalque in the choir of the Palace Chapel. The chapel was filled with flowers and wreaths from family and friends.
Mr Haakon Lorentzen delivered the eulogy for his mother. Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme and Dean of Oslo Cathedral Olav Dag Hauge presided over the ceremony.
The funeral service was followed by a reception hosted by the King and Queen at the Royal Palace.
The funeral procession with the Princesss casket and the closest members of the family left the Royal Palace by the main gate at 2:30 pm.
Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen was laid to rest at Asker Church, with only close family members in attendance.
Arrival of the casket
On Saturday evening, 22 September, King Harald and Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner were in attendance to receive the casket of their sister at Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Princess Ragnhilds husband, Mr Erling Lorentzen, and two of their three children were also present.
Princess Ragnhild was born on 9 June 1930 at the Royal Palace in Oslo. She was the eldest child of King Olav and Crown Princess Märtha.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.