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Norwegian Royal Family returns to work after eventful summer

Norway's Royal Family
Det kongelige hoff

This week, the Norwegian Royal Family concluded their summer holiday with a week-long cruise on the royal yacht along the Norwegian cost. Next week will therefore be the first official working week for the royals after their break. King Harald is set to meet with his government on Friday for the first council of state after the holiday. Weekly councils of state will be held at the Royal Palace in Oslo from next week until Christmas.

The Queen, the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess will also resume their duties in the coming days. On Thursday, several events were announced for the royals in the coming week. Queen Sonja will visit Ruseløkka school in Oslo during the official opening on Monday 16 August.

The Stovner district of Oslo will be visited on 18 August by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. The coronavirus pandemic has affected Oslo strongly since March 2020, and the Stovner district has been particularly affected by high infection rates and consequences for the local community. During the visit, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will hear more about the district’s experiences with the pandemic, with particular focus on the situation of children and young people.

In July, the Royal Family enjoyed a holiday together in northern Norway and Lofton on the royal yacht. They visited the cities of Bodø and Tromsø, as well as the area of Lofotoen. Princess Märtha’s Louise’s daughters Leah Isadora and Maud Angelica have also been accompanying their grandparents, the King and Queen.

This also marks the end of the tourist season at the Royal Palace in Oslo and the King and Queen moving back from the Bygdøy royal estate to the Royal Palace in downtown Oslo. In Norway, the King and Queen change their official residences during the summer. From early May to mid-August, the royal estate at Bygdøy (Bygdøy Kongsgård) is the home of Their Majesties. This house is smaller and more private and the King and Queen can relax here.

Royal Central will keep you updated on what the Norwegian royals do through the next season.

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.