Her Majesty The Queen in Egypt
Her Majesty Queen Sonja was on an official visit to Egypt to participate in the conclusion of the Ibsen Year and to attend a performance of Peer Gynt in Giza.
The official programme:
- The Queen arrived at the Citadel and visited the Mohammad Ali Mosque, where she was received by Egyptian archaeologist Abdallah Attar and Mrs Iman Abdou
- The Queen visited the Coptic Museum, where she was received by Museum Director Philip Faltas
- The Queen visited El-Muallaqa, known as the Hanging Church
- Reception at the ambassadors residence; the Queen met Norwegian students and Egyptian alumni who have studied in Norway
- The Queen visited the Supreme Council of Culture (SCC) and was received by Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni and SCC Secretary General Gaber Asfour
- Opening of the Ibsen seminar: Ibsen between the Orient and the Occident
- The Queen attended the performance of Peer Gynt staged at the base of the Sphinx in Giza
- The Queen visited the Pyramid of Cheops and was received by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass for a guided tour of the pyramid plateau
- The Queen visited the Egyptian Museum and was given a guided tour by Museum Director Wafaa Tahaa.
- The Queen visited the Library of Alexandria and was received by Library Director Dr. Ismail Serageldin
- Opening of the sculpture exhibition Ibsens Women by Head of the National Library of Norway Vigdis Moe Skarstein
- The Queen unveiled the bust of Henrik Ibsen
The official visit was concluded on Sunday, 29 October 2006.