Nobel Peace Prize exhibition
Later in the day, the Queen opened the exhibition entitled Strengths and Convictions. Cape Town, South Africas second largest city, is known internationally for its beautiful harbour and landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.
The King and Queen met with Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Desmond Tutu, Frederik Willem de Klerk and representatives for Nelson Mandela and Albert Luthuli at an official luncheon. The daughters of Mandela and Luthuli, Maki Mandela and Albertina Nomathuli Luthuli, represented their fathers.
Opened the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition Strengths and Convictions
Queen Sonja opened Strengths and Convictions in the South African National Gallery. The exhibition presents the lives and contemporary times of the four Nobel Peace Prize laureates from South Africa. Photographs, modern works of art and short films have been compiled to depict the countrys turbulent history and transition from apartheid to a democratic society.
In her opening remarks, the Queen held up South Africa as an example for other countries to follow:
South Africa has taught the world what can be done when you have visionary statesmen and courageous people. Your country has shown us what can be done when you have strengths and convictions.
The exhibition will be on display in Oslo from June to November 2010 and will travel to London in the spring of 2011. Later in the day, the King and Queen met with representatives of the Norwegian business sector who have dealings with South Africa.
Cultural evening with Boine and Madosini
In the evening, King Harald and Queen Sonja attended a cultural event in which the Mari Boine Band performed with South African artists Madosini and the Abaqondisi Brothers.
Mari Boine is recognised on the international stage as an outstanding representative of Sámi culture, combining Sámi folk music with a number of other musical genres. She recorded her most recent album with Madosini.
Madosini, who is based in Langa township outside of Cape Town, is renowned as a talented musician, storyteller and dancer. Like Boine, Madosini has her roots in traditional music.
Performing along with Boine and Madosini were the Abaqondisi Brothers (Brothers of Understanding), a 12-member choir which sings a cappella.
A Taste of Norway
The evening concluded with a Taste of Norway buffet featuring Norwegian specialities prepared for a large number of guests by chefs from both Norway and South Africa.
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.