Official visit to Chile
His Royal Highness The Crown Princes official visit to Chile commenced on Wednesday. The Crown Prince is visiting Chile 23 26 January at the invitation of President Michelle Bachelet.
Crown Prince Haakon arrived in Santiago Wednesday morning. The Chilean capital is situated on a plain between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, with a population of six million.
First on the Crown Princes official programme was the wreath-laying ceremony at the Bernardo OHiggins monument. Bernardo OHiggins led the Chilean struggle for independence from Spanish rule and is considered to be Chiles liberator and father of the nation. When Chile declared its independence in 1818, OHiggins became the countrys first head of state. The Crown Prince also visited the crypt were Bernardo OHiggins is buried.
President Michelle Bachelet
Following the wreath-laying ceremony, the Crown Prince went to La Moneda for a meeting with the Chilean president, Her Excellency Ms Michelle Bachelet. President Bachelet, a physician by education, has been the president of Chile since 2006. The meeting took place in the presidential palace, La Moneda, which has been the residence of Chiles head of state since 1845. The building was taken into use in 1805 and served as a mint from 1814 to 1929, giving the building its name (moneda meaning coin)
In the evening, President Bachelet hosted an official dinner at La Moneda in honour of Crown Prince Haakon.
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.