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The Prince and the Nanny April 9, 2011

Filed under: Family,Family history,Famous people,Royal Weddings — Janet @ 9:01 pm

  In view of the upcoming Royal Wedding, this proved to be an especially fascinating read.  The current King of Norway is 2 months younger than I am.  This is a true life journal of the first year and a half of his life, as told by his Nanny.   He was born in 1937.  These were tumultuous years in Europe as King Edward VIII abdicated in December 1936 (the year I was born), Hitler increased his power and plans for conquest, and surprisingly invaded Norway on April 9, 1940.  The Nanny’s journal covers intensely the first year and a half of the young Prince’s life.  When Norway was invaded, the Nanny had previously finished her year and a half as his pediatric nurse.  But in the book she describes the departure of the Royal Family and the flight from the Nazi invaders.  The young Prince and his mum and sisters eventually reached the U.S., via Sweden and Finland,  to spend the rest of the War Years.  The Norwegian Government, headed by the young Prince’s grandfather the King, escaped from northern Norway to Britain and spent the War Years in exile in London.  It is fascinating reading.  The young Prince was/is my contemporary, his parents contemporary with my parents, and his grandparents contemporary with my grandparents. 

So far as I know, my mother did not keep a journal of my daily progress during my early months, but I do know that I was well wrapped up  and put out in the fresh air very early on, just like the young Prince.  And as to what he was fed, I will compare the Nanny’s record with that of my grandmother a generation previous.  I blogged about this a while ago so I will look it up and come back with that comparison. 

Another parallel is that the young Prince married in 1968, the same year Ian and I were married.   I wonder if he and his wife followed Dr. Spock as Ian and I did with our infants.

In 1991, at the age of 54  Young Harald ascended the throne.  Now as the reigning monarch among the last of European royalty, I assume the Prince, now King and his Queen have been invited to the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate, a commoner, like the Queen of Norway.