Pretty Data: Norway – Part I – King Haakon VII (1872-1947)

The year is 1905 and Norway is a free country, emerging from an almost 100 year long union with Sweden. The Norwegian nation is debating wether to choose republican government or to remain a Kingdom. A constitutional plebiscite in November 1905 shows a vast majority of the people wishes to remain a Kingdom. The Danish prince, Prince Carl is offered the Norwegian throne, which he accepts. Wings of Whimsy: King Haakon VIII #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #royal #king #norway Prince Carl of Denmark was born Prince Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel on August 3rd 1872. He belongs to the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg. He is the son of King Frederick VIII of Denmark, the nephew of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who married King Edward VII of United Kingdom and became Queen Alexandra, and the nephew of King George of Greece, and also the nephew of Princess Dagmar of Denmark who married Emperor Alexander III of Russia and became Empress Maria Feodorovna. Wings of Whimsy: King Haakon VIII #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #royal #king #norway Wings of Whimsy: King Haakon VIII #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #royal #king #norway Furthermore, Prince Carl is married to his cousin Princess Maud of Wales, daughter of King Edward and Queen Alexandra. He is thus known in the United Kingdom as Prince Charles.  Wings of Whimsy: Prince Charles and Princess Maud #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #royal #king #norway Wings of Whimsy: Prince Charles and Princess Maud #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #royal #king #norway Wings of Whimsy: Prince Charles and Princess Maud #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #royal #king #norway Wings of Whimsy: Prince Charles of Denmark, Princess Maud of Wales, Alexandra, Princess of Wales, George, Prince of Wales 1896

Prince Charles of Denmark, Princess Maud of Wales, Alexandra, Princess of Wales and Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, 1896

The young couple has a son, Prince Alexander, born in England in 1903. Wings of Whimsy: King Haakon VII, Queen Maud, Crown Prince Olav, Norway 1907 Wings of Whimsy: King Haakon VII, Queen Maud, Crown Prince Olav, Norway 1907 postcard When Prince Carl accepts the throne of Norway, he immediately embarks on the journey to his new home country. The little family arrives in Oslo on November 25th 1905, and it is announced that Prince Carl takes the name King Haakon VII, a traditional name for a Norwegian king. Prince Alexander is also renamed into Crown Prince Olav, another traditional name for a Norwegian king. Wings of Whimsy: King Haakon VIII #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #royal #king #norwayWings of Whimsy: Queen Maud #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #royal #king #norway This post is  part of a series of several posts about the Norwegian Royal Family as follows:

  • Part I: King Haakon VII
  • Part II: Queen Maud
  • Part III: The Coronation
  • Part IV: The Coronation Journey
  • Part V: Reign
  • Part VI: Crown Prince Olav
  • Part VII: King Olav V
  • Part: VIII: King Harald V
  • Part IX: Crown Prince Haakon
  • Part X: Princess Ingrid Alexandra
  • Part XI: Genealogy

Click on King Haakon VII’s family badge below to download high quality images from this post. KingHaakonVIIBadgeSmall_WingsofWhimsyI wish to extend a big THANK YOU to Hild-Tove Aslaksen, who has helped find many vintage images of the Norwegian Royal family. She has already contributed immensely to the Pretty Data project, and I’m very happy to be working with her.

If you are curious about my Pretty Data project, and  interested in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, please get in touch, as I’m still hoping to sign up more helpers with my project! Warning: you’d have to be pretty crazy about imagery, somewhat interested in history, and have a (more or less secret) crush on royalty!…lol I have divided the project into the various European countries, so please let me know which country you would be interested in working with. If you are interested in SWEDEN or the UNITED KINGDOM, don’t even think twice, these are the countries I’ll be focusing on next, after Norway 😉

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Little Cherubs Collage Sheet

I’m totally exhausted from the May 17th celebrations today, can’t say I’ve been having a very good day with my head (some days it chooses to feel like it’s screwed on wrong). But the girls marched in the children’s parade, I got to watch, they both spent a large amount of money on ice cream, snacks, cotton candy and helium inflated balloons. 

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day #norwegian #national #day #may #17th

Torunn wearing bunad from Nordfjord

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day #norwegian #national #day #may #17th

Guro wearing her National Day sash

When we came home in the afternoon they both took the air out of their balloons to talk with a helium voice, too funny – why did I not think about that before? However I had to reprimand them both, with buying those expensive balloons, only to use the helium in 2 minutes…lol

Torunn and I whipped up a cake for us, she did all the decorating:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day #norwegian #national #day #may #17th

Our May 17th cake, decorated by Torunn

I’m kind of happy the day is complete, tormorow we are back to normal.

I’m straying from my “royal path” tonight, and posting a sheet of cute cherubs that I made, I don’t even remember making these…lol (there’s quite a few projects like that in my archives, maybe I should start posting more of them…):

Wings of Whimsy: Little Cherubs Sheet #vintage #ephemera #printable #freebie #scrap #cherub #collage #sheet

If you fold these straight down the middle and glue the front and back together, you can make the cherubs double sided 😉

Find your high quality copy in the download folder, free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂

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May 17th: Norwegian National Day – DIY Royal Instant Art

Working with my Pretty Data project, I have delved into some pretty amazing archives around the world! And one of them is the Norwegian Digitalt Museum, which holds imagery of museum objects from all the Norwegian museums. From their vast collection of royal ephemera, I have printed a couple of pieces resized to A4, and tucked them in some old gilded frames I was not using, for National Day Royal Instant Art:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY 1905-1906 Norwegian King and Queen Instant Art #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Wings of Whimsy: DIY 1905-1906 Norwegian King and Queen Instant Art #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

For the 1906 coronation of King Haakon VII and Queen Maud, there was evidently released a large selection of postcards and small posters. I have chosen my two favorites for this instant art 🙂

It is a tradition to keep pictures of the King and Queen up on the walls in every home in Norway, although the younger people are no longer keeping with the tradition. I think I will keep my pictures up all year, and maybe even leave the vintage rosette with the Royal family portrait up too. I guess you can say I am a big fan of the Norwegian Royal family, and I intend to present them duly here on WoW!

Wings of Whimsy: DIY 1905 Norwegian King and Queen Instant Art #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Would you like to make some rosettes like these? Click on the image below to go the original post with printables and tutorial:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette with tutorial

For May 17th 2013, I shared a Norwegian Flag Garland, which you can make to decorate for a May 17th party (click on one of the images below to go to the original post):

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian National Day Flag Bunting No 1 #freebie #printable

Norwegian National Day Flag Bunting No 1

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian National Day Flag Bunting No 2 #freebie #printable

Norwegian National Day Flag Bunting No 2

I have included an updated 2015 version in the download folder. 😉

If you are curious about my Pretty Data project, and  interested in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, please get in touch, as I’m still hoping to sign up more helpers with my project! Warning: you’d have to be pretty crazy about imagery, somewhat interested in history, and have a (more or less secret) crush on royalty!…lol

The ephemera has been altered by me, thus the printables are free for your personal use and enjoyment.  Please go to the folder below to download a high quality copies:Download Printable

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I have used elements from the following sources for these designs:

1906 Queen Maud and King Haakon postcard – Digitalt Museum

1906 King Haakon and Queen Maud Coronation poster – Digitalt Museum

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May 17th: Norwegian National Day – DIY Sash

Another idea for May 17th, the Norwegian National Day, and all that flag colored ribbon the stores are offering, is combining a rosette with a sash:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Sash #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

This sash is made from 5cm wide ribbon, here modeled by my oldest daughter Guro (age 12).Easy peasy, and makes for a fabulous look on the National Day 😀

The rosette pins the sash in place up on the shoulder:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Sash #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queenWhile the little bow with bells I made pins it together down on the hip:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Sash #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

I also made a wide sash, which my youngest daughter Torunn (age 11) is modelling; she insisted on a serious, regal attitude. 😛

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Sash #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

I used a 10cm wide ribbon and cut it to size with serrated scissors, then used one of my rosettes without hanging ribbons to pin the sash together. 

Although my sister commented that the wide sash might be too much, more fit for the Mayor, maybe…lol! (Note to self: I must remember to iron the sash before wearing it, to remove the creases from the winding!)

Click on the image below to go to the post with the tutorial on how to make the rosettes and how to easily make perfect split ends:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette

For May 17th 2013, I shared a Norwegian Flag Garland, which you can make to decorate for a May 17th party (click on one of the images below to go to the original post):

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian National Day Flag Bunting No 1 #freebie #printable

May 17th Flag Garland

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian National Day Flag Bunting No 2 #freebie #printable

May 17th Flag Garland

I have included an updated 2015 version in the download folder. 😉

If you are curious about my Pretty Data project, and  interested in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, please get in touch, as I’m still hoping to sign up more helpers with my project! Warning: you’d have to be pretty crazy about imagery, somewhat interested in history, and have a (more or less secret) crush on royalty!…lol

The printable is free for your personal use and enjoyment.  Please go to the folder below to download a high quality copy:Download Printable

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May 17th: Norwegian National Day – DIY Vintage Rosettes

Are you celebrating the Norwegian National Day, May 17th? If so you might need a rosette to wear during the celebrations:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Here in Norway you can buy rosettes and clothing decorations similar to these in the stores, they are very cheap, but also very cheap looking…:-O However, the last few years the stores have also started selling a large selection of flag colored ribbon, so I thought: hm…. why not make the rosettes myself? In addition I was able to utilize more vintage finds from my pretty data project: both the 1905 image of King Haakon, Queen Maud and Crown Prince Olav, the gilded frame, the 1905 Coat of arms of Norway and the Norwegian lion badge are vintage, just the way I like it 🙂

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Circle 2,5" #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

If anyone would prefer printables with our current King Harald and Queen Sonja, please let me know and I can whip up a second batch with those for you.

Also, 2,5″ size will fit for large rosettes. If you would like smaller sized circles to make smaller rosettes, remember my conversion chart:

Wings of Whimsy: Circle Print Conversion Chart #diy

Print Conversion Chart

Supplies: Ribbon 4cm wide, ribbon 5cm wide, my printed sheet of 2,5″ circles, sewing machine, hot glue gun, laminator, sharp scissors, large safety pins.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Print out my sheet of 2,5″ circles
  • Run it through the laminator, to make the badges water-proof (in case it rains during the parade)
  • Cut out the badges (use a 2,5″ punch if you have one)
  • Pleat the 5cm wide ribbon with your sewing machine. I used a straight stitch (largest setting) and made my pleats about 1cm each. (It is also possible to make the pleats with a needle and thread, if you don’t have a sewing machine, or even glue dots or your hot glue gun if you are careful!)
  • Eyeball how large the rosette circle should be, make sure the 2,5″ badge will cover the stitches.
  • Hot glue the rosette circle, and cut of the excess.
  • Hot glue the front badge on top
  • Eyeball how long you want your ribbon to hang down below the rosette, and cut a piece twice that length from the 4cm wide ribbon.
  • Wrap the piece around the “inner” part of the large safety pin (your pin should be large enough to hold the entire with of the ribbon). 
  • Pull the two pieces of the ribbon slightly to either side, and hot glue them in place.
  • Cut a slit on either side of the back badge, to fit the size of your safety pin
  • Position the back badge onto the safety pin, and hot glue it to the ribbon
  • Hot glue the safety pin/back badge/ribbon to the flip side of the rosette
  • Cut the hanging ribbon so they are the same length
  • Pinch the end of the ribbon between your fingers, and cut with a sharp scissor to created the split ends.
  • Attach to your clothing and wear, or hang as party decorations for the National Day Celebrations:-)

Below is a few pictures of how I made these, you can click on these pictures to view them large, if you need a better look at any of the details:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Eyeball how large you want your rosette

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Hot glue the rosette together and cut off the excess

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Rosette, badge, ribbon and safety pin ready to assemble

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Hot glue the ribbon around the “inner” part of the safety pin

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Cut slits in the back badge

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Position the badge onto the safety pin with the ribbon

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Both sides of the safety pin are positioned

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Hot glue the ribbon to the back of the badge

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Hot glue the back badge onto the flip side of the rosette

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Flip side assembled

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Norwegian National Day Rosette #vintage #printable #ephemera #norwegian #national #day #may #17th #royal #king #queen

Pinch the ribbon between your fingers to cut the split ends

 

Even the back side of my rosettes look good!

Even the back side of my rosettes look good!

For May 17th 2013, I shared a Norwegian Flag Garland, which you can make to decorate for a May 17th party (click on one of the images below to go to the original post):

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian National Day Flag Bunting No 1 #freebie #printableWings of Whimsy: Norwegian National Day Flag Bunting No 2 #freebie #printable

 

I have included an updated 2015 version in the download folder. 😉

If you are curious about my Pretty Data project, and  interested in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, please get in touch, as I’m still hoping to sign up more helpers with my project! Warning: you’d have to be pretty crazy about imagery, somewhat interested in history, and have a (more or less secret) crush on royalty!…lol

The printable is free for your personal use and enjoyment.  Please go to the folder below to download a high quality copy:Download Printable

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I used elements from the following source for this design:

1905 Queen Maud, King Haakon, Crown Prince Olav – Digitalt Museum

1905 Norwegian Coat of Arms – Wikimedia Commons

1904 Den Norske Løve – Wikimedia Commons

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