From Houston to San Francisco
The second day of the official visit to the US is drawing to a close. His Royal Highness The Crown Prince visited Fort Worth, while Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess travelled directly to San Francisco, where the next several days of the official programme will take place.
This morning, Crown Prince Haakon visited the manufacturing plant of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. The Crown Prince was accompanied by a large delegation of representatives of Norwegian industry, including the companies KONGSBERG, Nammo and Kitron. Repurchasing agreements with Norwegian suppliers are an important topic.
Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the Lockheed Martin plant manufactures the F-35 jet fighter, which was chosen by the Storting to replace Norways F-16 jet fighters.
The Crown Prince and the Norwegian delegation were received by Ms Lorraine Martin and State Secretary Eirik Øwre Thorshaug of the Ministry of Defence, and were given an introduction to the production of the new aircraft. They visited the production line and saw the newly manufactured jet fighters in the hangar.
Visit to the Norwegian Seamans Church
Crown Princess Mette-Marit travelled directly from Houston to San Francisco, where she visited the Norwegian Seamans Church. The church is a gathering place for Norwegians and other Scandinavians in the area. Its beautiful location overlooks the famous Fishermans Wharf. The church was built in 1951, and at that time primarily offered religious services and cultural activities to Norwegian sailors. Today permanent residents, tourists and students alike come to the church to find a home away from home.
The Crown Princess sampled the churchs renowned waffles, and stressed that it was particularly enjoyable for her to visit the Norwegian Seamans Church in San Francisco as it was the church which Crown Prince Haakon attended while studying at the University of California at Berkeley.
Norwegian rock concert
In the evening (local time), the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will attend a concert. The Norwegian punk metal band Kvelertak is on tour in the US and Canada and is playing at Slims in San Francisco this evening.
Kvelertak has enjoyed major success since its breakthrough in 2010. This is the bands first tour outside Europe. The tour was launched on 21 April in Chicago and will conclude on 22 May in Toronto, Canada.
The first part of tomorrows programme will be focused on activities relating to tourism. Crown Prince Haakon will be giving a lecture on Norway as a tourist destination at a seminar in San Francisco.
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.