Nobel Peace Prize 2009
Their Majesties The King and Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess attended the 10 December ceremony at Oslo City Hall at which President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.
The US President was awarded the prize for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has attached special importance to Obamas vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
In its official statement regarding the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 to Barack Obama, the Committee stated:
Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the worlds attention and given its people hope for a better future.
President Obama gave a 35-minute-long speech before an audience of nearly 1,000 at a formal ceremony at Oslo City Hall. This is the 108th time the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded.
Norwegian opera singer Solveig Kringlebotn and Norwegian pianist Håvard Gimse performed at the award ceremony, as did two of the performers at this years Nobel Peace Prize Concert, jazz artist Esperanza Spalding and Chinese master pianist Lang Lang.
Earlier on Thursday President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were granted an audience at the Royal Palace. They were received by King Harald and Queen Sonja in the Bird Room and escorted to the Kings office. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were also in attendance.
Save the Childrens Peace Prize Party
On the morning of 10 December, 4,000 children gathered at Rådhusplassen near Oslo City Hall to attend the Save the Childrens Peace Prize Party. They looked on as Crown Princess Mette-Marit lit a flame for peace with 12-year-old Margrete from Karuss school in Kristiansand.
Nobel Banquet at the Grand Hotel
On the evening of 10 December, the King and Queen attended the Nobel Banquet in the Mirror Room at the Grand Hotel in honour of the laureate. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were also in attendance, as were 250 guests.
According to tradition, the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert will be held on 11 December in Oslo Spektrum. A musical tribute to the years prizewinner, the concert features performers from around the world. The concert will be attended by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will co-host the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.