Two hundred years of sailing
For the past several days, His Majesty The King has participated in the celebration of the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron yacht club in Cowes on the Isle of Wight in southern England.
On Friday, King Harald attended a large Review of the Fleet together with His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Royal Yacht Squadron is one of the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs, and was founded on 1 June 1815 in London as the Yacht Club. Each year the club organises the internationally renowned Cowes Week regatta. In 1851 it was the first organiser of a gruelling sailing race which came to be known as the America’s Cup. The cup is considered the world’s oldest active trophy in international sport.
King Harald will conclude his visit to the Royal Yacht Squadron this evening by attending the Bicentenary Ball in the clubhouse in Cowes Castle. The King has been using the Royal Yacht Norge during his visit.
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.