The home page of the royal website has been taken over with a photo of Astrid and Johan as a young couple, and there's a link to an album of mostly wedding and engagement pictures. I think that's a very nice tribute, considering he wasn't an official member of the royal family at all.http://www.kongehuset.no/
It's surprising he didn't have a more active role with all his high education.
He was probably the kind who like discretion.
That's what I most admired about him. He gave one interview, for his 50th birthday in 1977, and never spoke publicly otherwise. Astrid once said that he was a very opinionated man who was fond of writing irate letters to the editor on various political issues, none of which he ever sent, because he was conscious of how damaging that could be to her position. (Can you imagine Ari Behn never speaking to the media and keeping to himself for 50 years?
) I think this discretion was a defining feature of Johan's generation: consider that his ex-wife never once spoke to a newspaper - and that's an interview that could have gone for quite a lot of money during all the criticism of him and Astrid during their engagement.
He was an accomplished man in his own right, and he was both secure enough and humble enough that it never seemed to bother him that, as far as the public was concerned, he was very much in his wife's shadow. I can't imagine Henrik-esque whining from him, nor did he ever have any interest in using Astrid's status to advance himself or his business interests. Astrid has noted that especially at the beginning of their marriage, he was very careful to make sure that he never seemed to be putting himself forward or "playing prince."
Astrid once described him as "the most loyal husband in the world." He in turn referred to her as "my heart's princess."
Off topic, but her wedding dress was beautiful !
ITA - it's one of my favorite royal wedding dresses. I love the detail in the lace. And they were married on a cold, snowy day in January, so she had this gorgeous white coat to go with it. I would post a photo, but it's been so long since I did that that I can't remember how to do it.