Kensington Palace announced in October that His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge would officially visit Norway and Sweden in early 2018. The Norwegian Royal Court confirmed the visit and published the following press release: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make an official visit to Norway early next year. The final date of the visit or programme is not yet determined.” In the middle of December, it was announced that the visit to the two Nordic monarchies would last from 30 January to 2 February. On the 30th and 31st January, they will visit Stockholm, while on the 1st and 2nd February, they will be in Oslo.
The couple will be met by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit on arrival at Oslo military airport. The royals will then travel to the Royal Palace for a private meeting with the King and Queen. After a private lunch, the Duke and Duchess will be shown around in Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s sculpture park.
On Thursday afternoon, the Duke and Duchess will visit Norwegian and British entrepreneurs in the MESH office community. During the evening King Harald and Queen Sonja will host a dinner for the British guests at the Palace.
On Friday morning, the Duke and Duchess, accompanied by the Crown Prince Couple, will visit Hartvig Nissen’s school to meet the creators and actors behind the TV-series “SKAM”. After lunch at the Skaugum Estate, they will travel to Holmenkollen, where they will visit a ski museum, the tower and the ski slope.
During their visit to Oslo, the Duke and Duchess will spend the night at the Royal Palace. They will stay in the “King Haakon’s Suite”, which is the finest guest room in the Palace.
This suite is used only during state visits or the visit of important royal guests. The suite consists of a lounge, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The suite’s lounge is decorated with portraits of the Bernadotte family, which was the reigning House of Norway from 1818 until 1905. The large bedroom of the suite has also hosted Queen Elizabeth II all the times she has visited Norway.
Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen is based in Oslo and will be covering the tour for Royal Central.