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.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.