The date of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Norway and Sweden is now set. It was announced earlier today in a press release from Kensington Palace.
The decision has been made to visit the two Nordic monarchies from 30 January to 2 February. On 30 and 31 January, they will visit Stockholm, while 1 and 2 February they will be in Oslo.
More details about the tour will be released closer to the time of the visit.
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.”
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Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen is based in Oslo and will be covering the tour for Royal Central.
It is not clear what activities the Duke and Duchess will undertake on their visit to Sweden and Norway. Since they are going to the two countries in January and February, this is a period where it will be very cold, and there will be a high likelihood of snow. The Norwegian capital Oslo is close to a number of winter sports facilities, and there are, therefore, great opportunities for them to visit Holmenkollen in Oslo, where they can watch winter sports and enjoy the beautiful view of Norway’s largest city.
Prince William has visited Norway before. In 2004, he and 34 other students went camping next to the glacier Jostedalsbreen in Sogn og Fjordane in Western Norway. The Prince was then a student at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, which since the early eighties has been organising study tours to Jostedalen in Norway once a year. In 2004, the Prince was described by the local inhabitants as a polite and reliable person.
Norway was also the location of Diana, Princess of Wales’s first solo overseas tour in February 1984. During her visit, she was received by the then Crown Prince Couple of Norway, who today are King Harald and Queen Sonja. During her short visit to Norway, the Princess had only two official engagements. The first one was to attend a performance of Carmen by The London City Ballet of which she was the patron. On her second day in Oslo, she planted a tree on the grounds of the British Embassy.