Tuesday, 20 March 2012
British royals start Scandinavian tour in Oslo
The British royals were received at Oslo Airport Gardermoen by their Norwegian counterparts, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, but will be hosted at the Royal Palace by the King and Queen.
The first stop in Oslo was Akershus Fortress, where the King and the Prince of Wales inspected a company of His Majesty the King’s Guard and Prince Charles laid a wreath at the National Monument. With an eye for detail the Prince of Wales wore a lapel pin which indicates that he has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of St Olav (by King Olav in 1978).
The heir to the British throne subsequently had a meeting with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the Prime Minister’s residence before the King and Queen accompanied their guests to the Nobel Peace Centre, where they met representatives of youth organisations and survivors of the terrorist attack directed at the Labour Party’s youth movement last summer.
Tonight the King and Queen are hosting a banquet at the Royal Palace in honour of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, where the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Princess Märtha Louise and Princess Astrid will also be present.
Tomorrow the royals will carry out engagements in Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, but on Thursday they will be back in Oslo, where their final stop will be the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design and the exhibition of treasures from the Royal Collection which opened a month ago and has been an immense success which has already attracted more than 15,000 visitors.
On Thursday afternoon the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will depart for Stockholm before rounding off their Scandinavian tour in Denmark during the weekend.
Back in London today Queen Elizabeth herself addressed a joint session of both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations.