Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived Thursday morning at the military section of Oslo Gardermoen Airport in the heavy snow and wind.
After two days on an official visit to Sweden, the Duke and Duchess have now travelled from Stockholm to the Norwegian capital. They were initially supposed to leave from Uppsala, but the snowy conditions forced their briefing event on the Swedish Armed Forces to be cancelled. They left from Stockholm instead.
They were warmly received by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.
The others who participated in the arrival ceremony were Kurt Svenson, the Commander at Gardermoen Air Force Base; Sarah Gillett, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Norway; Mona Juul, Ambassador of Norway to the United Kingdom; Merete Fjeld Brattested, Chief of Protocol; and Colonel Bente Sleppen, Principal ADC to His Majesty the King.
The Norwegian authorities have shown great enthusiasm for the British visit. During a press conference last week, representatives from the Royal Norwegian Department for Foreign Affairs said they felt the visit highlighted the strong ties Norway and the United Kingdom have and will help to build the excellent relationship that the two kingdoms will have in the future.
The Norwegian and British families are closely related. Norway’s first queen, after the union resolution with Sweden in 1905, Queen Maud, was the daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. King Harald of Norway and Queen Elizabeth II are second cousins.
After the unofficial arrival in Oslo, there are now some private events. The Duke and Duchess will greet King Harald and Queen Sonja in the Royal Palace of Oslo. Later today, the Duke and Duchess will be shown around in Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park and accompanied by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess and their daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra; they will visit Norwegian and British start-ups and entrepreneurs in the MESH office community in Oslo city centre, as well.
Tonight there will be a dinner held for the British guests at the Royal Palace, where they will stay during their two-day visit. They will stay in the “King Haakon’s Suite,” which is the finest guest room in the Palace.