Happy Constitution Day!
Schools celebrating major anniversaries will be leading the Oslo childrens parade in honour of Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17th. This year children and youths from four schools – Rødtvet (50 years), Toppåsen (25 years), Bjørndal (25 years) and Sørkedalen (a full 170 years) – will march at the front of the parade of 108 schools.
The Royal Guard Norwegian Military Marching Band will bring up the rear of the parade, and is expected to pass in front of the Palace at around 1:00 pm.
Photographs will be updated throughout the day.
It was King Haakon and Queen Maud who introduced the custom of greeting the childrens parade from the Palace balcony in 1906. The custom has been upheld ever since. The only exceptions were in 1910, when the Royal Family was in England for the funeral of Queen Mauds father, King Edward VII, and during World War II from 1940 to1944.
Today the terms May 17th and childrens parade are virtually synonymous, but this has not always been the case. To read more about why and how Norway celebrates May 17th, please click on the link to the right.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.