On Wednesday, King Harald and Queen Sonja completed their four-day journey in Hedmark and Oppland in Norway. On Sunday, the royal couple travelled with a steamship at Mjøsa, on Monday they watched a theatre performance outdoors in the Norwegian high mountains and on Tuesday they hosted a large garden party at the royal residence in Lillehammer.
On Wednesday, the King and Queen returned to Hedmark and visited Nord-Odal and the city of Kongsvinger.
The day began in the forest district Nord-Odal. There the royal couple arrived and saw a company that, for a long time, has focused on youth. The company is called Mapei and produces chemical products. The Mapei School is also located there, which focuses on mathematics among young students.
The royal couple were welcomed by County Governor Sigbjørn Johnsen, Chairman Lise Selnes, Police Chief Johan Brekke and CEO Tron Hagerud. After that, they received flowers from Villiam who is five-years-old and Isabella who is 15-years-old. Many had gathered to see the King and Queen.
The royal couple and other guests gathered in the auditorium where they were welcomed and received a brief presentation of what Mapei does. After this, Their Majesties received a tasty lunch followed by a visit to the laboratory of the company.
After the trip to Nord-Odal, the trip went on to the city of Kongsvinger. Here the city had set up a grand party in honour of the King and Queen, where culture and history were central to the celebration. It all started at the Women’s Museum where Their Majesties were welcomed by Mayor Sjur Strand and CEO at Anno Museum, Mona Pedersen.
After arrival, they received flowers from Nilja and Alexander, both of whom are nine-years-old. The King and Queen then had a tour of the museum’s exhibition. The Women’s Museum has a particular focus on Norwegian women’s history, and this year the museum celebrates its 20th anniversary.
After a guided tour of the museum, the King and Queen were transported to the ancient Kongsvinger Fortress. There they were welcomed by the fortress commander, Jonny Sørloth. At the fortress, they saw a varied programme of dance and music from local participants. After a great show, Her Majesty the Queen gave a speech in which she thanked for the wonderful trip she had in the recent days in Hedmark and Oppland.
Below is the Queen’s whole speech (only in Norwegian):
After the speech, the King and Queen travelled back to the Royal Palace in Oslo.