The announcement said as follows:
Princess Ragnhild has diedThe Royal Court said in a press release today that a condolence protocol would be laid out at the Royal Palace on Tuesday 18 September.
His Majesty The King was deeply saddened to receive the news that Her Highness Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen has passed away. The princess died in her home in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on 16 September 2012 at 9:45 am local time.
The funeral service will be held in the Palace Chapel. The date and time have not yet been determined. Princess Ragnhild will be laid to rest at Asker Church.
The Princess was born on 9 June 1930 at the Royal Palace in Oslo, and was the eldest child of King Olav and Crown Princess Märtha.
The Speaker of Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will be the first to sign the Protocol at 9.30 a.m., followed by the diplomatic corps from 10 a.m. to noon. The general public will be admitted from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement where he among other said that "Our thoughts and our sympathy goes out to Erling Lorentzen and their family, and to King Harald, Queen Sonja and the Royal Family". Stoltenberg said further that "Her home in Brazil became a hospitable place of meeting for Norwegians on visit, and the princess' considerations for them and her care for the less fortunate in her new homeland won her many friends. Among others she established Princess Ragnhild's Fund for Children in Brazil, and she always took part when she was needed at relief actions and social gatherings".
Stoltenberg also said that "We know that Princess Ragnhild was especially close to her father King Olav V. Her friends describe her as considerate, loyal, with an infectious humour and fresh remarks. In larger audiences she seemd to be shy and reserved, but her liveliness and kind heart were soon to appear in more informal gatherings. It has been said that Princess Ragnhild was our best ambassador in Brazil - a warm-hearted representative for the Norway she alwas was closely attached to."
Princess Ragnhild, who married Erling Lorentzen in 1953 and lost her style of royal highness, leaves behind her husband, 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
When I earlier this year understood that Princess Ragnhild's health was frail, I said to myself that I had to prepare an obituary based on the authorized biography Mitt liv som kongsdatter (1995) and other material I have collected on her, but I never got or took the time. I received the news of her death late last night when I finally got connected to Internet in my hotel room in Norwich, Norfolk (Princess Ragnhild's father King Olav V, was, by the way, born at Appleton House at Sandringham northwest of Norwich). This week I will just be too busy with other commitments, so I just have to refer to others who have written about Princess Ragnhild and her life.
- 16.08.2012: Prinsesse Ragnhild er død. Kong Harald i sorg over søsterens bortgang (VG.no)
- 16.08.2012: - Prinsesse Ragnhild var en banebryter (VG.no)
- 16.08.2012: Prinsesse Ragnhild er død (Aftenposten.no (NTB))
- 16.08.2012: At the road’s end: Princess Ragnhild of Norway, Mrs Lorentzen (1930-2012) (Trond Norén Isaksen)
- 17.08.2012: Norway mourns princess' death (Views and News from Norway)
- 17.08.2012: Norway's Princess Ragnhild dies aged 82 (The Local (NTB)).
- 17.08.2012: Obit: Princess Ragnhild Mrs Lorentzen of Norway (1930-2012) (Sofia's Blog)
(Photo: Det kongelige hoff/The Royal Court.)