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The Wedding Speech

Production year: 2011 | 1 x 25' | Genre: Documentaries
Mette-Marit's Declaration of Love
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK
Original title: Bryllaupstalen
Formats: HD

The Wedding Speech provides an intimate picture of Norway's Crown Prince and Princess, who married in 2001. Their Royal Highnesses speak frankly of the love between them and of what they mean to each other. Crown Prince Haakon, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Marit Tjessem, the Crown Princess's mother, tell of how the wedding affected them and how they remember the day. Viewers are also afforded glimpses of the ceremony itself and of the nationwide celebrations that accompanied it.

The Wedding Speech was produced and broadcast by NRK to mark the Royal Couple's tenth wedding anniversary in August 2001. 'I feel it is important for me to let people know what Haakon has meant to my life,' the Crown Princess says in the programme.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit did not herself make a speech when she and the Crown Prince were married ten years ago, but when, in the summer of 2010, she was invited to speak at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim about faith, hope and love, she was finally given an opportunity to say in public what she felt for the man she loved. Speaking candidly, the Crown Princess said: 'I was keenly aware, when we first met, that Haakon saw me as the person I am. That also enables me to be happy with the way I am when things are at their darkest.'
 

Barefoot in Nidaros Cathedral
The programme also recaptures highlights from the royal wedding on 25 August 2001, among them the speeches made by Bishop Gunnar Stålsett, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Marit Tjessem, King Harald V and the bridegroom himself, Crown Prince Haakon.

All five addressed themselves to Mette-Marit personally. Following her pilgrimage to Nidaros Cathedral, the time had come for the Crown Princess to express her love for her husband. Barefoot, she stood before her audience and spoke warmly and openly of what it is like to live as the wife of Norway's Crown Prince.

We also meet a sincere and plain-speaking Crown Prince who tells how grateful he is at being enabled to share his life with Mette-Marit. 'She is so full of feelings,' he says. 'I think it does me good to have someone like her beside me. I'm happy to know that she is there by my side.'
 

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