His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway today begin a four-day long official visit to Canada. Several members of the Norwegian government will also join them during the visit. As part of the tour, the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess will meet with Governor General Johnston and attend various events to reinforce the ties, culture and businesses the countries have in common. Last night the Norwegian Royal Court posted a photo of Crown Prince Couple on Twitter, where they wrote that they looked forward to the visit.
Norway and Canada have long maintained close cooperation, both as military allies through NATO and as nations with economic interests in the Arctic. The cooperation extends far back in time. During Second World War, many Norwegian resistance fighters and soldiers were trained at camps in Canada and in the 1800s several thousand Norwegians immigrated to the central and western Canada.
On Sunday evening, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau also posted a picture on Twitter showing the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess had a private dinner with the Prime Minister his wife.
The visit starts tonight in Ontario and will end on Thursday in Newfoundland. This will be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau`s second royal visit this year. Earlier this year he was hosting a visit from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Norwegian royal family have visited Canada several times in the recent decades. The entire Norwegian royal family was also in Canada during the Olympic Games in Calgary in 1988. In 2002, His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja was in Canada on an official state visit.
Royal Central will keep you updated throughout the week on what happens during the official visit.
Read more about the Crown Prince and Crown Princess activates during the visit here.