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Crown Princess Mette Marit joined by her dog in the forest during ceremony for books of the future

The dog of the Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess, Molly Fiskebolle, was hoping for a run in the forest on a royal engagement , but the dog was quickly brought in in line by Crown Princess Mette-Marit when she attended a special ceremony.

The Crown Princess of Norway was accompanied by her dog when se attended a new ceremony in Oslo’s “Future Library” in the middle of the forest north of the capital.

During the annual ceremony in the Future Library, Vietnamese-American Ocean Vuong and German Judith Schalansky came to hand over their newly written and secret texts. They will only become possible to read in about a hundred years. A thousand trees were planted in the capital’s forest in 2014, and a hundred years later these trees will be felled to be turned into paper for a book anthology. It will only be possible to read the stories in 2114.

The Oslo Library of the Future is designed to build a bridge between today and future generations. The library of the future is a gift and a symbol of hope for the future. Since 2014, nine authors have contributed new texts.

The much-talked-about royal dog, Molly Fiskebolle, a labradoodle, tried run away during the ceremony, but was quickly brought back in. The dog quickly jumped straight out of the car and set off, but did not get very far. For the rest of the trip, she walked neatly on a leash with the Crown Princess.

The Crown Princess and her dog were lucky with the weather. It is very sunny and unseasonably hot in Norway this spring and the outdoor ceremony went ahead without any rainy interruptions. Several hundred had made the trip to witness the ceremony, which was open to the public.

About author

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.