The Crown Prince and Crown Princess started their official visit yesterday, but on Sunday, they had an unofficial dinner with Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie at the high-class restaurant L’Oree du Bois. It is the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Laurie Hotel which is the base for the visit so long as the two are staying in Ottawa. Before the Crown Prince and Crown Princess went to Canada, they stayed a few days in New York City to get used to the time difference.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess started the day with a visit to the Governor General of Canada David L. Johnston. At the reception with the Governor General, they were served lunch.
After the meeting with the Governor General, the two proceeded to a seminar about the challenges Norway and Canada faces together related to problems in the Arctic. Here, the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess also visited an exhibition about the Arctic. After looking at the exhibition the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess attended the opening of a new and important satellite in Inuvik, located in the Canadian part of the Arctic. At this seminar, the Crown Princess gave a speech and with parts of it was in French.
The Crown Princess is not accustomed to speaking French but was praised for her excellent speech by several of the Canadian politicians. However, this is not the first time the Crown Princess has given a speech in French. During an opening of an art exhibition in Paris a few years ago, she gave a speech that was in French. At the seminar, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess viewed a lecture about the Canadian icebreaker Amundsen, named after the Norwegian adventurer and explorer Roald Amundsen. The icebreaker is depicted on the Canadian $50 bill.
Crown Prince Haakon gave a speech at the seminar where he was very optimistic about the future cooperation between Norway and Canada. The Crown Prince said, “Norwegian startups, especially those in the country’s growing medical technology sector, see a lot of benefits to working in the Canadian market.”
After the important discussions about the Arctic, the Crown Prince Couple attend a reception for guests who represented the official Canada and the Canadian government. During this reception, the cooperation between the two nations was illustrated in a good way when entertainment consisted of pieces of music composed by the Norwegian pianist Ola Gjeilo, which he performed together with Canadian musicians and a Canadian choir. The reception was held at the Royal Norwegian ambassador’s residence in Ottawa.
The Crown Prince and the Crown Prince received an unusual but symbolic gift from the Canadian people when they arrived in Canada’s capital yesterday. Crown Prince Haakon’s parents, King Harald and Queen Sonja, visited the country on an official state visit in 2002. During this state visit, the Queen planted a tree. The Crown Prince and the Crown Princess used a nut from this tree later that day when they planted it in the garden of the Norwegian ambassador’s residence during the official reception.
Their Royal Highnesses also held a press conference with the Norwegian and Canadian press yesterday. The Norwegian press asked Crown Prince Haakon what he thought about the Canadian Prime Minister and the dinner he hosted for the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess on Sunday. He replied: It was very nice to meet them. We have much in common, Canada and Norway, so there was plenty to talk about. He replied, “It was very nice to meet them. We have much in common, Canada and Norway, so there was plenty to talk about.”
Also, the United States election was brought up by the press. The question was whether the two had been following the election campaign. The Crown Prince stated, ” It is very exciting. We watch as I think most others. There are some exciting days ahead of us now.” This was all the information press received on the topic. Several questions about the US election campaign were asked, but the Crown Prince and Crown Princess declined to give more detailed comments.
The Twitter account of the Norwegian embassy in Canada has laid out, and will throughout the week, pictures of the Crown Prince Couple’s events.
Today, the two will travel on to Toronto where the Crown Prince will attend various engagements affiliated with Norwegian and Canadian music, and the Crown Princess will devote the day to a seminar on literature.
Royal Central will continue to keep you updated throughout the week about what happens during this visit.