Their Majesties The King and Queen’s Silver anniversary tour
Their Majesties The King and Queen will conduct a jubilee tour from 18–29 June 2016, visiting the cities of Tromsø, Bodø, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger and Kristiansand. Accreditation.
The tour is part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the accession of King Harald and Queen Sonja to the Norwegian throne. The King and Queen will travel on board the Royal Yacht Norge for the duration of the tour.
On 23 June 2016, the Royal Family will be in attendance at a celebratory church service in Nidaros Cathedral in honour of the consecration of the King and Queen 25 years ago.
The programmes for the individual cities have not yet been finalised, but in each place there will be an event open to the public and the King and Queen will invite 300 guests to a garden party. The guests at the garden parties will be selected from their respective region in collaboration with the local County Governor’s Office. The costs of the garden parties will be covered by the King and Queen themselves.
The jubilee tour will be launched with a garden party hosted by the King and Queen for 300 guests at Skansen fortress in Tromsø on the morning of 18 June. Later in the day Tromsø Municipality is hosting a festive event for the general public in Tromsø’s market square. The event is part of the Midnight Sun Marathon, which is being held at the same time.
King Harald and Queen Sonja will arrive in Bodø on Sunday, 19 June. The city is celebrating its bicentenary this year, which will be reflected in the day’s festivities. After the King and Queen have disembarked, they will be given a presentation of the city’s bicentenary activities and the Stormen cultural quarter. This will be followed by a guided tour of the city, including a stop at the market square where the celebratory public event is being held.
In the afternoon, the King and Queen will host a garden party for 300 guests at the Nordland Cultural Centre. The visit to Bodø will conclude in the evening with Queen Sonja undertaking the official opening of the Keiserstien Trail which goes from the former Turisthytta cafe to Keiservarden Peak at the top of Veten mountain.
Trondheim Municipality is inviting the King and Queen and the people of Trondheim to an early breakfast and festivities at the Ravnakloa fish market on Thursday, 23 June. At 12:00 noon a large celebratory church service will be held in Nidaros Cathedral. The service will be led by Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien of the Church of Norway and marks that it is 25 years to the day that King Harald and Queen Sonja were consecrated in the cathedral. The King and Queen have invited 600 guests to the garden party in Trondheim to be held in the park of the Royal residence Stiftsgården.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit and their family will join the King and Queen in Trondheim, together with Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise and her family, Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner and Mr Erling Lorentzen.
The King and Queen and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will disembark at the Bryggen wharf in Bergen on the morning of Saturday, 25 June to take part in the city’s public festivities in honour of King Harald and Queen Sonja. The day’s programme includes a guided tour of the Bryggen wharf. In the afternoon the King and Queen will host a garden party for 300 guests in the park of the Royal residence Gamlehaugen.
The garden party for 300 guests will be held at Ledaal – the King’s official residence in Stavanger – on the morning of Monday, 27 June. The King and Queen will be hosting the party, and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will be in attendance. A banquet was held at Ledaal during the King and Queen’s consecration journey in 1991. The public event will be held in the afternoon in the outdoor amphitheatre outside Stavanger Concert Hall.
The jubilee tour will conclude in Kristiansand on Wednesday, 29 June. The King and Queen and Crown Prince and Crown Princess will disembark at Kilden Performing Arts Centre. From there they will be given a guided tour of the city with several stops, walking along the wharves to the public event at Tresse park. The last event on the programme in Kristiansand will be the garden party for 300 guests to be held at the Myren gård estate and park, where a splendid mid-summer party was held for the King and Queen during their consecration journey.
Media coverage – accreditation
The press will be given access to photo points at all of the public events. There will be limited press access/photo points at the King and Queen’s garden parties, with the exception of NTB scanpix, which will be given full access to take photographs.
There will be photo pools in connection with the church service in Nidaros Cathedral. A limited number of seats will be reserved for members of the written press.
A press programme for the jubilee tour will be available to accredited members of the press.
Media seeking to cover part of or the entire jubilee tour of the King and Queen must apply for accreditation. The application must include the name, mobile phone number and email address of the press member, the medium, and the cities for which accreditation is being sought.
Applications for accreditation must be sent via email to email@example.com by at the latest Friday, 27 May 2016, 15:00 CEST. Enquiries may be directed to Assistant Head of Communication Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen of the Royal Court. Telephone: +47 908 26 849.