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King Harald of Norway congratulates Trump

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway congratulated President Donald Trump after his inauguration as President of the United States on Friday. His Majesty King Harald of Norway wrote in his greeting:

The Honorable
Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America

The White House
Washington D.C.

Your Excellency,

On the occasion of your inauguration as President of the United States of America, I wish to extend my warmest congratulations and my best wishes to you personally and to your family, and my hopes for the welfare and prosperity of the American people.

Harald R

King Harald and Queen Sonja on their way to the opening of Parliament. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

King Harald is the only Scandinavian monarch who has sent his congratulations to Donald Trump so far. It is completely normal that the Norwegian king sends such congratulations to allied nations when they get a new head of state. United States presidents have received congratulations from King Harald ever since he became King of Norway in 1991. The first American president who received an official greeting of King Harald was President Bill Clinton who became president in 1993.

Also, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg sent President Trump a telegram yesterday morning saying, “Together with the Grand Duchess, I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of your inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America.

“The historical ties of friendship that unite our countries mean much to all of us in Luxembourg.

“We wish you all the possible success for your mission as Head of State and we hope for a continued excellent transatlantic relationship.”

Some monarchies congratulated Trump a few days after the election; none of the Scandinavian monarchies did so. There are many indications that President Trump will maintain a good relationship with all three monarchies. Possibly, Norway and Denmark would have closer ties to the United States than Sweden, due to their NATO membership. It will be fascinating to observe President Trump’s relationship with the European royal families over the next four years. Royal Central will keep you updated.

Last summer, King Harald V gave a speech and received positive feedback worldwide regarding diversity. Several commentators in Europe and the United States said that, in an era dominated by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and America’s President Donald Trump, it was fantastic to see a head of state make such a statement. If you want to read more about Trump’s relationship with theScandinaviann royal families, you can do so here.

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