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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Today, Nationalsdagen 2013, calls for sunny skies in Stockholm but downpours here in South Florida -again! SVT Play will telecast ceremonies at Skansen worldwide, and that'll include me at 2 p.m. Eastern; Princess Madeleine's embarrassing pre-wedding encounter with police for driving in prohibited Bus Lane in Stockholm; Norwegian Airlines channels Madeleine & Chris in new video with CEO Bjørn Kjos; @sweden, #sweden, #sverige, #PrincessMadeleine, #tihi


http://www.svt.se/nationaldagen/

Above, the promo for today's SVT1 telecast of the National Day celebrations at Skansen in Stockholm, with the royal family in attendance, hosted by Anne Lundberg, starting at 20:00, 2 p.m. Eastern U.S./Canada.
It will be telecast around the world via SVT Play at http://www.svtplay.se/video/1272214/6-6-20-00 and via Mobile with the SVT app.

Tonight's musical performances tonight will be by Mando Diao, Malena Ernman & Åsa Jinder, Jump the Gun, Pauline, Edith Backlund and Lina Hedlund.





Gearing up for Saturday's wedding telecast via SVT Play between Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill.
http://www.svtplay.se/video/1253415/prinsessbrollopet that will be at 3 p.m. Miami time.
Can't even imagine how beautiful this breathtakingly beautiful woman will look in her Valentino bridal dress come Saturday.





To almost everyone's amusement or consternation, depending upon your personality, less than four days from her wedding, Princess  Madeleine got stopped by attentive Stockholm Police in central Stockholm for driving a vehicle in the prohibited Bus Lane.
(If you didn't know, downtown Stockholm also has a congestion tax.) 


Expressen TV YouTube Channel: Prinsessan Madeleine i nya trafiksynder. Körde bil på bussfil i centrala Stockholm. Uploaded June 6, 2013. http://youtu.be/b7d7mAmEUPU

She claimed to the police -and a Royal Court spokesman later claimed as well- that she had a special permit that allowed her to do so.
http://tv.aftonbladet.se/webbtv/nyheter/live/article13428.ab

Further investigation by the news media determined fairly conclusively that while she had the permit, it specifically allows vehicles to use that restricted lane only in connection with state purposes, i.e. rolling motorcades for visiting heads of state and diplomats to get them from Point A to point B, NOT for running pre-wedding errands. 

In my opinion, she'd be foolish to continue to press the matter and should simply pay the fine.

Last October's much-discussed and imitated engagement/förlovning announcement by Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill

Förlovning / Engagement from Kungahuset on Vimeo.

has now turned into golden opportunities for some, including very successful low-fare airline Norwegian Air and its founder and CEO, Bjørn Kjos, in one of their newest videos

As regular readers of this blog know by now, Norwegian begins non-stop flights between Fort Lauderdale and Oslo in late November, and between Fort Lauderdale and Stockholm the first week of December, the latter of which may very well include me on-board that first week, as I was busy checking-out some some possible plans over this past weekend for being there for a while before Christmas.


Norwegian tihi subtitle

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http://royalweddings.hellomagazine.com/madeleine-of-sweden-chris-oneill/

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