Business, culture and sport
His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg began the second day of the State Visit at a breakfast with business leaders. Afterwards, Their Majesties The King and Queen, and the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess travelled to Bygdøynes, where the Fram Museum is celebrating the Nansen-Amundsen anniversary.
The breakfast meeting with the Grand Duke was held at Oslo Børs, the Stock Exchange, and included trade and industry representatives from Luxembourg and Norway.
The polar exploration vessel Fram
In the morning, the King, Queen, Grand Duke and Grand Duchess visited the Fram Museum at Bygdøynes. The museum houses the Fram, the polar vessel which Fridtjof Nansen used to sail through the Arctic Ocean. The Fram was also used by Otto Sverdrup to sail to Nanavut west of Greenland, and by Roald Amundsen on his journey to the Antarctic.
The museum is celebrating several anniversaries this year: It is 150 years since Nansen was born and 100 years since Amundsen reached the geographic South Pole. The Fram Museum is marking its 75th anniversary this year as well. The King, Queen, Grand Duke and Grand Duchess were given a guided tour of the museum by Anne Rief, the head of communications.
Queen Sonja and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa subsequently continued on to the National Museum of Art, where they were given a guided tour of the museums masterpieces, including Madonna by Edvard Munch.
King Harald and Grand Duke Henri visited the Gamle Logen conference centre, where they took part in a reception hosted by Luxembourgs Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade Jeannot Krecké.
The Norwegian Government hosted an official luncheon in honour of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. The King, Queen, Grand Duke and Grand Duchess were welcomed by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Ms Ingrid Schulerud at the Governments official representation complex in Parkveien. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were also in attendance.
Prevention of sports injuries
In the afternoon, the King, Queen, Grand Duke and Grand Duchess visited the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. At the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Professor Lars Engebretsen discussed the centres scientific approach to the prevention of sports injuries. Associate Professor Grethe Myklebust then gave an introduction on the specific measures used to prevent knee injuries, especially in women athletes.
Following the presentations, the King, Queen, Grand Duke and Grand Duchess visited the biomechanics laboratory, where they had the opportunity to observe an experiment in which Dr Myklebust, together with Tron Krosshaug, tested various factors that may pose a threat to the cruciate ligaments in handball and football players.
In the evening, the King and Queen will be the guests of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess at a reception in Oslo City Hall. The reception will include a performance by the pianist Jean Müller of Luxembourg.
The Crown Prince, the Crown Princess and Princess Astrid Mrs Ferner will also be in attendance.
Will travel to Trondheim
Tomorrow the King, Queen, Grand Duke and Grand Duchess will travel to Trondheim, where they will visit the Statoil Research Centre, Nidaros Cathedral and the SINTEF Research Group.
About the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Largest city: Luxembourg
Total area: 2.586 km²
Population (2011): 502 066
Official languages: Luxembourgish, French and German
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
Head of state: Grand Duke Henri
Diplomatic ties between Norway and Luxembourg were established on 15 April 1931. King Harald and Queen Sonja made a State Visit to Luxembourg on 18-19 April 1996.
Key industries: Banking and finance
Exports to Norway (2010): NOK 507 million
Imports from Norway (2010): NOK 173 million
Source: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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.