Norway’s National Day is set to get back to normal after two years of restrictions due to the global health crisis.
The Norwegian Royal Family will mark the day as they did before health restrictions were put in place.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will attend the Children’s Parade in Asker alongside their two children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. King Harald and Queen Sonja will be joined by the Crown Prince Family and other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Oslo for another Children’s Parade later in the morning.
The Royal Family will have a private lunch inside the Royal Palace after greeting everyone on the balcony.
This will be the first normal National Day since 2019.
Last year, King Harald and Queen Sonja shared drawings they received from children on the holiday. They were put on display in the Palace Park for a few weeks following National Day. The Royal Family attended scaled-down celebrations that were televised for the public. In 2020, the Royal Palace was closed due to health regulations in an effort to prevent public celebrations.
Norway celebrates its National Day, called Constitution Day, on 17 May, and many Norwegians don the national costume, the bunad, for the celebrations. The holiday marks the day the Norwegian constitution was signed in 1814 after it became independent after separating from Denmark. Norway was in a union with Sweden until 1905 but kept its constitution throughout the union.