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King Gustaf VI Adolf
11 November 1882 - 15 September 1973
Re: Ari Behn is dead
First of all, best wishes for the New Year, Marianne.
I really didn't know much about Ari Behn when he married Princess Märtha Louise, other than he had written "Trist som faen" (Sad as hell) and that he marched to the sound of his own drum. Now that he is gone, I've learned from the newspaper accounts of friends and acquaintances that he was, apart from his inner struggles, a unique and charismatic human being--a person one never forgets meeting.
Some of these same friends are dismayed that the international media are making too much of his story about Kevin Stacey. Ari Behn did not consider himself a victim & it wasn't really a big deal to him. It happened at an official function and it surprised him.
I haven't seen anything yet on Hoelseth's or Isaksen's blogs but it is perhaps too soon and maybe they will write something after the funeral has taken place. I hope so.
Just a few days before his death Ari had been attending an exibition with his works of art!
Despite his moodswings (which often led to more inspiration for new ideas/works of art!) he didn't come across as being exceptionally depressed, according to friends and people who met him.
According to another paper Ary was on the guestlist to attend the traditional Christmas Service at the Holmenkollen Chapel, with the Royal Family.
His former wife and their 3 daughters would also be there, as were the King & Queen.
The CP Family attended another Service near their winter retreat in Uvdalen.
For whatever it is worth: https://dagtho.blogspot.com/2019/12/ari-behn-19722019.html
Concerning Christmas Eve, we know from newspaper reports that Behn was going to celebrate with his former wife's family on Christmas Eve. We don't know if he actually did. Maybe we will know later.
The newspaper reports did not say that he was expected to attend the church service on Christmas Day as far as I know. The newspaper reports seem to have a Se og Hør article as source, and the very same Se og Hør claimed that Durek Verrett was not invited to the Christmas celebrations at Kongsseteren, but he must have been, as he turned up for the service in Holmenkollen Church on Christmas Day.