His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway ended his two-day official visit to Texas in the United States yesterday. During the second day of the visit, Crown Prince Haakon met with the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. There have long been historical long and strong ties between Norway and Texas in areas such as security and energy. These were, therefore, the topics of the discussions between the Crown Prince and the Governor.
The meeting between His Royal Highness and the governor took place at the Governor’s Mansion. The Texas Governor’s Mansion is a historic home for the Governor of Texas in Austin, Texas. The estate was built in 1854 and has been the home of every governor since 1856. Governor Greg Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Phalen Abbott are the 40th family to live in the building.
On his Twitter account, the governor wrote the following regarding the meeting: “We were honoured to host Crown Prince Haakon at the Governor’s Mansion”.
Norway’s ambassador to the US, Kåre R. Aas, said on Twitter “Warm welcome by Governor Greg Abbott for HRH Crown Prince Haakon. Interesting discussion on energy issues, renewables and electric cars. Many ties between Norway and The Lone Star State, not least through business and investments. SXSW makes the connections even stronger.”
During the Crown Prince first day, the focus was on Norwegian innovation and entrepreneurship. Yesterday the Crown Prince dedicated most of his time to Norwegian music and music industry. After the meeting with the Texas political leadership, the Crown Prince then attended a lunch with representatives from the Norwegian and American music industry in the House of Scandinavia. Norwegian artists were also present and shared their experiences.
Following the lunch, Crown Prince Haakon received a guided walk on the historic 6th street in the heart of Austin’s entertainment district. In the afternoon, Crown Prince Haakon also met with representatives from the Norwegian technological company Kahoot. To end a successful visit, the Crown Prince attended a concert.