The Crown Prince and Crown Princess visit Germany
Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess arrived this evening in Berlin. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess are visiting Germany at the invitation of Federal Chancellor Merkel.
They will be visiting Mrs Merkel in her home state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
Former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush are also among those who have been personal guests of the Federal Chancellor in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
The visit will begin on Saturday, 12 June, at the Town Hall in the Hanseatic city of Straslund. Straslund is the gateway from the German mainland to the holiday island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea, and the citys historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess will then accompany the Federal Chancellor to Binz, a seaside resort on Rügen known for its lovely buildings, seaside promenade and, not least, for its long pier which offers a view of the entire bay. Mrs Merkel herself will guide the Crown Prince and Crown Princess on their tour of the citys attractions.
The day will conclude with a two-hour boat ride off Rügen on the MS Nordwind. The visit will give the Crown Prince and Crown Princess ample opportunity to become acquainted with the area and the Federal Chancellor.
Confirms close ties
Norway and Germany have a long history of close ties. Germany is among Norways most important trading partners and the two countries share many cultural similarities. Travel between them is extensive and there is a clear affinity between the Norwegian and German peoples. The personal invitation extended by Mrs Merkel to the Crown Prince and Crown Princess reaffirms these ties.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess first met the Federal Chancellor at the official opening of the Oslo Opera House.
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.