Yesterday, the Norwegian Crown Prince and Crown Princess continued their visit to Canada. After one day in Ottawa, and later two days in Toronto, the two spent yesterday in St. John’s, in eastern Newfoundland. Norway’s history in Newfoundland is long. The first European in America was not Columbus, but Norwegian Leiv Eiriksson, and he landed just in Newfoundland and established a settlement here, under the rule of the Norwegian King Olav I.
It was still not the Vikings that were on the agenda for Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. The day began with a seminar on security and emergency preparedness in the Arctic and how Norway and Canada can help strengthen their partnership in this matters. In conjunction with this seminar, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess got to try out some simulators used to train personnel. These simulators are developed by the Norwegian arms manufacturer “Kongsberg-gruppen”.
See the Norwegian royal court’s pictures from the trip to Canada here.
After this seminar, it was time for lunch. Simultaneously with the lunch, and in the hours after it, was yet another seminar, this time on aquaculture and the oil industry. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were given a tour of an exhibition about the “polar night”, Northern Lights, and how the Polar Region looks when it is dark.
During the tour’s second day, Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited a seminar on Canadian and Norwegian literature. In St. John’s, time was again devoted to the same topic. This instance, the Crown Princess, accompanied by her husband, attended a seminar on literature at the University of Newfoundland. During this seminar, Crown Princess Mette-Marit gave a speech. She said, “Books have always been an important part of my life – even before I could read myself. I am, therefore, very happy to share with you some thoughts on literature and reading.”
You can watch the entire speech at the Norwegian Royal Family’s Facebook page.
Before Their Royal Highnesses ended their visit to Canada, they held a reception for people from the local business community and the local authorities. On Monday after they return to Norway, Crown Prince Haakon will attend an award ceremony in Oslo.