The royal court has just announced the death of Princess Ragnhild. The Princess, the eldest sister of the King, died in her home in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil at 9.45 a.m. local time (2.45 p.m. Norwegian time). The Princess was 82 and had been frail in recent years. She died of cancer.
The government has offered her the honour of state funeral, but her family has turned down the offer. The date for the funeral has not yet been set, but it will take place in the Palace Chapel and the Princess will be interred in the cemetery at Asker Church, where she married Erling S. Lorentzen on 15 May 1953. He survives her, along with three children and six grandchildren. I will write more about her later.