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Norway's royal family releases adorable personal photos

January 13, 2015
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One way to get people to follow your lead is to live byexample. Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mete-Marit are doingjust that. In new, never-before-seen photos, the royals shared private memories from thegreat outdoors with their children Prince Sverre, 9, and Princess Ingrid, 10, inhopes of encouraging the public to make the most out of their country’s greatlandscape.

Haakon and Mette-Marit attended the opening of 'The Year for Outdoor' Life today, January 13

The photos from the family’s personal album were released onthe palace’s official Facebook page. In them, Haakon and Mette-Marit are shown with theirkids skiing, reading by a fire and bike riding throughout 2014. Thefamily dogs were pictured cuddling up to the kids.

In one selfie taken by Mette-Marit, 41, the family gottogether as they took a break from their hike in the lush mountains. Sverre wasgrasping on to a chocolate bar while Ingrid smiled wide for the camera.

The proud Prince, 41, rounded out the photos by giving thecamera two thumbs up with his children.

As nature lovers, the royal family is keen supporters of thegovernment’s national campaign and launched 2015’s Outdoor Recreation Year thataims to give people a more active outdoor life to improve public health.

“Today we are kick-starting Outdoor Recreation Year 2015,”the caption read on Facebook. “We wish we were even better at getting outdoorsmore, because when we do, it is always a nice experience for the whole family.”

The statement continued, “The trick is to start where youlive. Sledging and climbing trees is a good start. We shall use OutdoorRecreation Year 2015 to motivate each other to get out.”

Even King Harald is a big advocate of taking in the freshair. In his New Year’s speech, he said, “Norwegians love being out in nature.

We enjoy this wonderful gift as much as possible — the mountains, the woods andthe lakes. We will continue this and teach new generations to appreciate this.”

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