Lit the Christmas tree in London
Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner lit the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London Thursday evening. The tree is Oslo’s traditional gift to the city of London, as thanks for the assistance provided to Norway during the Second World War.
A large audience had gathered to see the traditional lighting of the tree, and to hear three different mayors speak. Lord Mayor of Westminster Christabel Flight, Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf and Mayor of Oslo Marianne Borgen all participated in the tree-lighting ceremony led by the Princess. The ceremony was accompanied Christmas songs and music. This is the 69th consecutive year in which a Christmas tree from the forests around Oslo will illuminate Trafalgar Square in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Some 500 lights have been used to decorate the tree.
The city of Oslo has sent a towering Christmas tree to London every year since 1947, as thanks for
Britain’s support during the Second World War. The inscription at the base of the tree reads:
This tree is given by the city of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during the years 1940-45.
This year’s tree was felled near Ødegården farm in the Østmarka forest in Oslo on 18 November. Mayor Marianne Borgen took part in the felling together with Lady Christabel Flight, among others. The British Ambassador to Norway and pupils from Nøklevann school and Oslo International School were also present.
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.