The Japan Times reported that ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, the only daughter of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, would plant seeds in the city from trees that survived the 1945 atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima by the United States during World War Two. However, the Royal Court of Norway now says to Royal Central that the Princess is not scheduled to partake in the event as reported.
The 13-year-old future Queen of Norway was to reportedly plant the seeds in a botanical garden the day before the Nobel ceremony held in the city. She will be handed the seeds, which came from ginkgo, Japanese hackberry, holly and jujube trees, by Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui at the University of Oslo garden. These trees managed to survive the bombing despite being almost at “ground zero” in Hiroshima, according to The Japan Times.
The paper went on to explain that a 17-metre ginkgo tree that is estimated at over 200 years old is situated about 1.4 km from the hypocenter. “Its bark is scarred from radiation, and its foliage is sparse, but it still turns yellow each fall,” they reported.
Others in attendance will include Akira Kawasaki, a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANN) and over 20 atomic bomb survivors. ICANN won the Nobel Peace Prize this year for their work in advocating for a treaty to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
Tomoko Watanabe, a coordinator for the Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative, said that she hopes this seed planting ceremony “will provide a chance to build a better future in which we abolish nuclear weapons and live together with nature.”
Princess Ingrid Alexandra will also be presented with a book on Hiroshima survivor Sadako Sasaki who, while struggling with leukaemia, continued to make paper cranes until she died at the young age of 12 – ten years after being exposed to the radiation from the atomic bomb blast.
It is not known if either of Ingrid Alexandra’s parents or grandparents will accompany her. When she unveiled new sculptures in the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park earlier in the autumn, both her grandmother, Queen Sonja, and mother, Crown Princess Mette-Marit joined her in the unveiling.