The Norwegian Royal Court has announced that Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will visit Canada from the 7th November through the 10th November.
The Crown Prince Couple will visit Canada’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario, on the 7th November and then travel to Toronto, Ontario, for two days. They will conclude their trip on the 10th November in St John’s, on the island of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Their Royal Highnesses will be accompanied by representatives of the Norwegian government and industries.
The Norwegian Royal Court said in a press release, “The main focus of the program is business, technology and innovation, cultural and creative industries and the Arctic, as well as meetings with representatives of the official Canada.”
While in Ottawa, the Crown Prince and Princess will meet with Governor General David L. Johnston and see an exhibit and seminar on the Arctic. This will feature the opening of an important satellite in Inuvik in the Canadian Arctic. They will also attend a reception that evening with guests from official Canada, who will be treated with the music of Norwegian pianist and composer Ola Gjeilo. Gjeilo will perform with the Canadian strings and choir.
During their two-day visit to Toronto, Their Royal Highnesses will attend an array of different events. Crown Prince Haakon will attend a workshop for the Canadian and Norwegian music industry, while Crown Princess Mette-Marit will participate in an event that promotes Norwegian literature in Canada. During this event, Her Royal Highness, well-known for her passion for reading, will interview authors Erlend Loe and Hilde Kristin Kvalvaag.
Moreover, Their Royal Highnesses will attend an innovation seminar at Ryerson University and visit the Student Learning Centre, which was designed by Snøhetta. Snøhetta is an international architecture, interior design, landscaping, and brand design whose headquarters are in Oslo.
Haakon and Mette-Marit will attend a screening of “The King’s Choice”, which tells the true story about the three days in April 1940 where the German military gave the Norwegian king an ultimatum of surrender or die. King Harald and Queen Sonja held a public screening of the film in Jubilee Park on 21 September.
The Crown Prince Couple will end their visit to Toronto after attending a ceremony at the Little Norway Memorial Park and participating in workshops regarding diversity, start-up initiatives, and tunneling technology.
Their final day in Canada will be in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where they will attend “a Norwegian-Canadian seminar on security and emergency preparedness in the Arctic and get a tour of Kongsberg simulators that are important in training in this area,” according to the Norwegian Royal Court. They will also attend a luncheon and seminar on the aquaculture, oil, and gas industries.
Further, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will tour the Polar Night exhibition, attend a forum on marine research in the Arctic, and attend a literary event at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. The latter is an event open to the public and students. This event will give the Crown Princess a chance to share and promote her passion for literature.
The final event on Their Royal Highnesses agenda is an appearance at a reception for different business contacts and representatives of the provincial governments.
Their Royal Highnesses will meet with the press once in Ottawa and once in St John’s.