State Visit to Finland - Day 3
In the morning, The King and Queen visited Aker Yards shipyard in Turku. Aker Yard has three shipyards in Finland, building cruise vessels and ferries. At the moment, the Turku shipyard is building the worlds largest cruise ship, the Independence of the Seas. Their Majesties were given an introduction and a guided tour of the shipyard.
Later in the morning, The King and Queen attended the seminar The Maritime Sector and the Environment at Forum Marinum. The seminar explored the possibilities for reducing the negative impact of maritime activities on the environment.
Forum Marinum includes a national museum for the merchant navy and the navy, and after the lectures there was time for a quick tour of the museum, guided by Managing Director Seppo Sarelius.
After lunch in Turku Palace, The King and Queen visited Turku Cathedral. The cathedral is Finlands national shrine, and considered to be one of the most notable architectural monuments in Finland.
It was built as small parish church, and consecrated as the church of St. Mary around the middle of the 13th century. The church, originally made of wood, and later rebuilt with stone, was consecrated as the Cathedral in 1300. It was gradually extended, reaching its current scale at the beginning of the 19th century.
The most important room in the world
“The most important room in the world” was a gift to the United Nations from Norway in 1952. On Friday evening, Her Majesty The Queen introduced the digital exhibition on the design of the UN Security Council Chamber.
Homecoming, 7 June 1945
Today marks 75 years since the day King Haakon returned home after World War II. Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians welcomed the King and the family of the Crown Prince as they came ashore.