Yesterday evening, the Norwegian Royal Family hosted a large gala-dinner for the 169 representatives who sits in the Norwegian parliament.
The dinner is held annually and has a long tradition. The dinner, as we know it today, was first held in 1906 during the reign of His Majesty King Haakon VIII and Queen Maud. Also before King Haakon there was held such a dinner, but then less frequently as the Swedish-Norwegian union king usually stayed in Stockholm. Before, these dinners was usually held during the winter season, it is only in the recent years that the dinner has been held in October. This is done to highlight the new parliamentary term, which begins in early October and that must be opened by the King to be legal.
The United Nations proclaimed 2016 to be the year of the legume-plants. The Royal family wanted to highlight this by planting a small legume-garden in the castle park. There were planted 70 different species of peas and beans in a 30-meter slipway in the private part of the park. These vegetables were yesterday served to guests at the dinner. This is another initiative the promote the use of local food. The moose that was served to the guests had King shot himself.
Croquet and chili mayonnaise
Pickled pumpkin, caramelized onions
Mini Pak Choi and macadamias
Moose and sausage from Sikkilsdalen
Onions, fried artichoke
Carrot, Brussels sprouts and enebærsjy
Cloudberries and licorice
Some Norwegian newspapers and politicians have in the recent weeks seen critically to the Royal Family`s expenditure. To this King Harald replied with a cheerful and ironic joke in the opening of his speech. The King’s joke was received with great laughter and excitement:
In order to speak, one needs a good podium. During the gala dinner at the state visit from Singapore our well used podium knelt. Good advice was expensive, and it ended with the microphone was put on my plate – to a certain gaiety of the guests. After the dust had settled, the Parlamant-pressident noted discreet that the appanage possibly would be reduced if not the podium was urgently repaired.
I can therefore promise, Mr. Parliament-president, that the podium tonight again is in excellent condition. Nevertheless, we have taken the economic point in this matter, and tempts you with affordable, locally and even shot dishes this evening.
The King had several jokes. He also joked about “Pokémon go” as several Norwegian Member of Parliament were spotted playing Pokémon go during parliament ‘meetings. In addition, the President of the Parliament gave a speech. Especially his imitation of the US election was a great success. Furthermore, the King told about the anniversary celebration in the months that has passed and that he appreciated the good collaborated between the parliament and the royal family before he drank in honor of the country and Parliament’s welfare.
Highlights from the King’s speech is available here. (Only in Norwegian).