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The Royal Secretariat

The main responsibility of the Royal Secretariat is to organise and coordinate the public and private engagements of the King and Queen as well as of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, including the planning of their official programme.

The Secretariat also takes care of the official programme and correspondence of Princess Märtha Louise and Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner.

The King and Queen and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess have a wide range of official duties and receive numerous invitations to events in Norway and abroad. It is the Secretariat’s task to respond to these invitations and to facilitate the implementation of the official programme. The Secretariat provides input for speeches and various types of texts as well. In addition, the Secretariat is responsible for dealing with and answering the great many messages of goodwill and letters of request – such as requests to serve as patron of various organisations – that the Royal Family receives each year.

From 1 January 2019 the Royal Collections became part of the Secretariat. 

From 1 January 2019 the Royal Collections became part of the Secretariat. Photo: Kjartan Hauglid, the Royal Collections

The main task of the Royal Collections is the management and dissemination of national cultural heritage. The collections comprise 200 000 photographs and 200 000 objects and artefacts that are in daily use at the Royal estates, in storage, or made accessible to the public in exhibitions.


The Secretariat is responsible for invitations, guest lists, seating plans at official dinners, etc. and other protocol matters relating to events at the Palace. In addition, the Secretariat is responsible for official gifts, wreaths and flowers sent by the Royal Family.


The Library is organised under the Secretariat. In addition to managing the book collections of the Royal Court, the Library helps to compile information and background material in connection with the planning of the Royal Family’s official programme.

The Royal Collections

The Royal Collections are responsible for the Palace's cultural outreach activities through exhibitions and tours of the Royal Palace and Oscarshall during the summer season, as well as exhibitions and events in Queen Sonja ArtStable and the Palace Chapel. Approximately 70 000 visit the tours, concerts and exhibitions every year. 

The Royal Collections are responsible for the preservation, registration and restoration of the many objects and artifacts int the collections.  

The Secretariat is headed by Ms Gry Ulverud.



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