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Crown Prince Haakon attends award ceremony

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway attended the presentation of the award for “Role Model of the Year”. This occurs just a few days after the Crown Prince has returned from a four-day long official visit to Canada together with Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

The prize was awarded at the Norwegian Nobel Center and was presented by Solveig Horne, Minister for Children, Equality and Inclusion. The prize is awarded annually to a person who is a good role model and that children and youth can look up to. This year is the tenth anniversary of the prize. The Norwegian royal family has been present at this ceremony several times before. In 2014 Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit also attended the ceremony, along with Crown Prince Haakon.

Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo. It was here that the prize was awarded. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo. It was here that the prize was awarded. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

The winner of this year’s award was Lubna Mehdi. Mehdi and her family moved to Norway when she was 18 months old. Today she received the award for her commitment to deaf children and young people with immigrant backgrounds. Through here efforts to give children and youth the opportunity to participate in society on an equal basis with all other persons irrespective of ability and cultural background, she is a model for all, this was the reason why she won. That is according to Minister Solveig Horne, who presented the prize. The award ceremony was broadcast live on the state television channel NRK.

In the calendar of the Crown Prince on the website of the Norwegian Royal Family, His Royal Highness is referred to as “Crown-Prince-Regent”. This tells us that King Harald is currently abroad and the Crown Prince, therefore, reigns on behalf of his father. The royal family has not made a statement on where the King is, but he is not on an official assignment.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.