The Royal Party through Blindleia
Blindleia (which means blind or dead-end channel) is extremely narrow, making it difficult for larger vessels to navigate. The natural surroundings here are very beautiful, and Blindleia is thus a very popular site for summer tourists in small vessels.
After Blindleia, the party again embarked on the Royal Yachts Norge and Dannebrog and the KNM Horten, and sailed on to Arendal.
The Royal guests arrived in Pollen in Arendal at 19:00 hours, and were welcomed by County Governor Hjalmar Sunde, Mayor Torill Rolstad Larsen and Deputy Police Chief Kjell Hegstad.
The party walked through Tyholmen in Arendal, with entertainment and cultural highlights along the way, including an historical market, a depiction of the life of a soldier in 1807, traditional childrens games and dancing.
This comprised the last part of the official celebration of Her Majesty The Queens birthday. The celebration was concluded with a private programme at The King and Queens holiday resort at Mågerø, Tjøme, during the weekend.
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.