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Great gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo

On Tuesday evening a large gala dinner was held in honour of the President of Iceland and his wife. The hosts of the dinner were the Norwegian Royal Family, represented by His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Queen, Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince.

At the palace, preparations have been underway for days, and the Grand Gala Hall was prepared to receive 184 guests.

Jonas G. Støre, leader of the Norwegian Labour Party, Norway’s largest political party, arriving at the dinner. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

The guests who attended dined on traditional, good Norwegian food. The menu consisted of:

Appetiser: Norway lobster with pickled kohlrabi, kale, beets and herb salad

First entrée: Halibut with horseradish cream, caviar and apple salad

Second entrée: Tenderloin, breast wonton and halekrokett of beef with asparagus, celeriac puree, morkel and tidvedsky

Dessert: Black Forest cake with chocolate mousse, blood orange and ice cream of sourcream

About an hour before the dinner began, the first guests began to arrive. A total of 184 people were invited to the dinner. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

When the royal guests, the President and his wife, entered the Gala Hall, the old Norwegian military march “Gammel Jegermarsj” was played during the procession. After the arrival of His Majesty and the President, the two nation’s anthems were played. Other musical performances during the dinner included “Habanera” from Carmen and “Valdresmarjsen.”

A series of speeches were also held during dinner. His Majesty King Harald said: “It is a pleasure for the Queen and me to welcome you to Norway. It is not often we are allowed to make a fuss of Iceland’s head of state. Yes, it is actually 20 years since we had such a nice visit- so now, it was about time!”

Also many foreign diplomats were present at the dinner. Here arrives the Austrian ambassador to Norway. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

Royal Central is present in Oslo and will provide extensive coverage of the state visit’s second day. The King and Queen shall accompany the President and his wife to several different events today. Among other places, they will travel to the Norwegian National Library, and the President wants to show his appreciation to the King by holding a reception for the Norwegian Royal Family at the Astrup Fearnley Museum.

If you would like to read more about what occurred during the state visit’s first day, you can do so here and here.

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