Annual report for 2012
The annual report of the Royal Court for 2012 was submitted today to the Presidium of the Storting, the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, and the Office of the Auditor General of Norway.
The annual report provides an overview of the official programme carried out by the Royal Family and presents the Royal Court and its activities. It also contains the accounts for the Civil List, the staff of Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess, and the Cultural outreach activities.
During 2012, His Majesty The King attended 225 official events in Norway and abroad, while Her Majesty The Queen attended 102 official events, His Royal Highness The Crown Prince attended 161 official events and Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess attended 90 official events.
The Royal Family visited 53 municipalities in 17 counties and Svalbard in Norway, and paid several visits abroad. The King and Queen carried out their annual county visit in Vestfold county in June, while the Crown Prince and Crown Princess visited Møre og Romsdal county in May.
The King and Queen conducted a State Visit to Poland in May, while the Crown Prince and Crown Princess travelled to Indonesia for a State Visit in April.
A report on the use of the funds allocated to the Royal Court (the Civil List) and the staff of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess (official budget) by the Storting is submitted annually. The allowances provided to the King and Queen and to the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, respectively, are meant to cover the management, operation, maintenance and development of the private properties, as well as official attire and private expenses.
The accounts for the Civil List showed a deficit of NOK 3 699 858. This is a planned deficit that will be covered by appropriations from the surplus in 2011, NOK 1 286 853 from appropriations to special projects, and NOK 2 413 005 from ordinary appropriations.
The accounts for the staff of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess showed a deficit of NOK 466 072. This is a planned deficit and will be covered by appropriations from previous years.
The accounts for "Åpent Slott" (Cultural outreach activities) showed a deficit of NOK 44 162. This deficit is carried forward in its entirety. The Civil List will supply the Section for Culture with adequate liquidity for its future operations.
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.