July 23, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

King Harald V Speaks to Nation Following Terror Attacks

Posted in: Norway

On a day few Norwegians would ever forget, King Harald V took to the airwaves late in the night to address his people following the explosion in downtown Oslo and the shootings of youths on the island of Utøya, west of the capital.

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“Today we have witnessed horrific acts both in Oslo and Utøya. Our thoughts go naturally to the survivors and the relatives. I would like to thank all those who have helped to rescue people out of this situation,” said the visibly upset King.

“In such a horrible situation it is important to stand together and support each other so that we can rise up again.”

The terrorist attacks are the worst for Norway since World War II. So far, seventeen are confirmed dead in the dual attacks, but officials say that number may rise.

32 year old Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik is in custody and it is believed he is behind both the bombing and the shooting at a summer camp on Utøya.

With the country shocked and in grief, it is for its royal family, particularly King Harald to lead Norwegians towards healing.

“Now it is important that we stand together and support each other. The fact that we do not let fear prevail. As we support each other we come through this terrible situation that we have experienced,” the monarch said in his speech.

Sources: VG, ABC Nyheter

 

Wedding of Prince Rashid and Zeina Shaban

Posted in: Jordan

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The cousin of the King of Jordan got married Friday in a ceremony attended by Arab and European royals alike. Prince Rashid Al Hassan, the son of King Abdullah II’s uncle, 31 year old Prince El Hassan, married Zeina Shabban, age 23 and a former athlete. The couple got engaged about a year ago.

The ceremony took place at Basman Palace in the presence of the King, Queen Rania, Prince El Hassan and his wife, Princess Sarvath, plus the bride’s extended family.

Royals in attendance were King Hamad of Bahrain, Queen Sofia of Spain, Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The groom’s father was once heir to the Hashemite Kingdom for decades. But in 1999, on his deathbed, Prince Hassan’s brother, King Hussein, changed the succession and gave the throne to his son, Abdullah. If King Hussein had not made that historic change. Prince Rashid would be heir to the Jordanian throne now, and Princess Zeina, the next Queen.

Source: Ammon News