Happy Constitution Day !
Children from first grade through high school seniors from 109 schools will be participating in the Oslo parade in honour of Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17th. The three schools that will be heading the parade, Lakkegata School, Bryn School and Grorud School are each celebrating their 110th anniversary this year.
The Royal Family has gathered on the Palace Balcony to greet the childrens parade for more than 100 years. The tradition was introduced by King Haakon in 1906. You can read more about why Norway celebrates 17 May via the link on your right.
Visit to the urban district of Nordre Aker
During the afternoon, Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja will pay a visit to the urban district of Nordre Aker in Oslo. This is the eleventh time that members of the Royal Family visit one of the Oslo districts on Constitution Day. In 2009 the King and Queen visited Grünerløkka, and this year it is Nordre Akers turn. The celebratory events in the district will take place in Nydalen and at Damplass in Ullevål Hageby.
Photos will be updated throughout the day.
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.