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Concluded at the Norwegian Seamen's Church 

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja concluded their official visit to the US today with a visit to the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in New York.


Founded in 1878, the Norwegian Seaman’s Church in New York is a valued meeting-place both for Norwegian sailors and for Norwegians residing locally. In addition to providing religious ceremonies such as worship services, weddings, christenings and confirmations, the church is an important venue for social and cultural gatherings. Each week many Norwegians gather to enjoy the company of other Norwegians, eat Norwegian food and read Norwegian newspapers.

The church also organises concerts and lectures, and runs its own art gallery, the Trygve Lie Gallery. Pastor Per Erik Stave Engdal led today’s service, after which the King and Queen were given a guided tour of the gallery, which displays the works of Norwegian and Norwegian-American artists. Several of the featured artists were in attendance during the tour.

Returning to Norway

The visit to the Norwegian Seaman’s Church marks the conclusion of King Harald and Queen Sonja’s ten-day trip to the Midwest and New York. The King and Queen had the opportunity to visit a number of Norwegian-American communities, institutions and organisations in Iowa and Minnesota – two of the states to which many Norwegian immigrants flocked during the 1800s and 1900s. The King and Queen’s visit to the US is part of the commemorative activities celebrating the centennial anniversary of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, which culminated yesterday evening with the Centennial Ball.


Then Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha of Norway visited the US in1939. Here they are created honorary Native Americans and attend a 17th of May celebration. No sound. (Photo: Felix Thumblom, The Royal Court Photo Archves)

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