Friday, March 30, 2012

Prince Charles & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Scandinavian tour - Norway, Sweden & Denmark

Norway


Day 1 (20 March)


Upon their arrival in Norway, the future monarch of the United Kingdom and his consort attend a youth event at the Nobel Peace Center {Photos} before laying a wreath during a wreath  laying ceremony at the National Monument at Akershus Fortress {Photos}

In the evening, Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, along with the entire Norwegian Royal Family attended an official dinner at the Norwegian Royal Palace {Photos}

Day 2 (21 March)


Prince Charles of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, accompanied by King Harald and Queen Sojna, visited Bergen, Norway. During their visit, they visited  sustainable fisheries, outdoor kindergartens, and took a closer look at Norway's culture and local history. Prince Charles, accompanied by King Harald, where they visited  the research vessel M/V Brennholm and  HMS Liverpool.

Meanwhile, their respective counterparts, Queen Sojna and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited   the Granebo/Radiostasjonen outdoor kindergarten located at the top of Fløyen mountain. 

In the evening, the two couples attended a concert and reception at Håkon’s Hall. Upon their arrival, they were greeted by the Norwiegen Honor Guard. Performances were given by the ensembles Currentes, Skrik, and the vocal and dance ensemble Fargespill.

After the reception, they were given a guided tour of Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf of Bergen, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where they were given a brief lesson on the history of the wharf and the surrounding landmarks. 

Later that day, Queen Sonja & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall concluded their day in Bergen with a visit to Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg, which became a museum in 1928.
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Day 3 (22 March)


 Prince Charles of Wales started his final day in Norway attending meetings with local business representatives at the British Embassy in Norway, while his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, accompanied by Queen Sojna, paid a visit to the cancer ward at Ullevål Hospital.

In the late afternoon, the couples of Norway and United Kingdom regrouped for a visit to an Art Museum in Olso, Norway to view the exhibition "The royal journey from 1905 to 2005.

The exhibition is part of the Government's gift to the King and Queen on the occasion of their 75th birthdays in 2012 (Queen Sojna on 4 July; King Harald on 21 February). A special focus was spent on the British and Norweigen ties-how Great Britain's Princess Maud would marry Norway's King  Haakon VII  in 1896. Princess Maud was Prince Charles's great-great grandaunt (I think) and Haakon VII was King Harld's grandfather.

Sweden


Day 1 (22 March)


The future King and Princess Consort of the United Kingdom arrived at the airport in Sweden, where they were received by Prince Carl Phillip in the early afternoon. In the company of Sweden's third in line, they toured the JAS Gripen, and were given information about the Swedish Air Force operations over Libya. After the presentation, they proceeded to the Royal Palace, where they were recieved by Queen Silvia in the guest apartment. In the later afternoon, they proceeded to Frost House where they were received by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Fryshusets founder Anders Carlberg {Source}{Video}{Photos}.

Day 2 (March 23)


In the morning, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited the British International Primary School in Stockholm, Sweden {Video}. While Prince Charles of Wales and King Carl Gustav were visiting the  Swedish Resilience Centre {Photos}.

They visited the Vasa Museum in the company of Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustav {Video}.

They attended a luncheon with the Royal Family of Sweden in their honor at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The luncheon was attended by King Carl Gustav, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Phillip and Princess Madeleline {Photos}.

After the luncheon, they boarded their plane for the flight to Denmark, the last leg of their tour.



Denmark


Day 1 (24 March)


 The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall arrived at Copenhagen International Airport, where they were greeted by Crown Prince Fredrick and Crown Princess Mary {Photos}.

Day 2 (25 March)


 The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall attended a church service at St Alban’s Anglican Church and afterword, planted a tree at The Churchill Park to commerate their visit to Denmark {Photos}.


Day 3 (26 March)


The British Royals paid a visit to The Citadel with Crown Prince Fredrick and Crown Princess Mary. During their visit, the future Kings of Great Britian and Denmark laid a wreath at the National Memorial. Afterword, the two royal couples visited  the Eternal Flame and the Memorial Wal before attending a reception for Danish soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and their families {Photos}.
Later on, the future monarchs of the United Kingdom visted the town of Elsinore, Denmark, where they took a short guided walking tour of the town, that ended at St. Mary's Church. Afterwards The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Kronborg Castle to view a Hamlet workshop facilitated by HamletScenen and the Royal Shakespeare Company{Video}.
Later in the afternoon, they returned to Copenhagen, where The Prince of Wales visits Rud Rasmussen’s furniture workshop, Nørrebro, Copenhagen.
That evening, along with the entire Danish Royal Family (Queen Margarethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Fredrick, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Princess  Benedikte), they attended an official dinner at Christian VII's Palace {Photos}{Photos}{Video}.

Day 4 (27 March)


 The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall visited the VIA University College's Campus Horsens to "...to visit VIA University College, Campus Horsens in order to hear about research and development of Eco-friendly solutions which can contribute to a reduction of CO2 emissions" {Source}, before touring the "3D modeling laboratory" and meeting with students and faculty {Photos}{Photos}.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited the set of the show, The Killing, where they visited with cast and crew, got the chance to play with some of the shows props, and generally had a great afternoon {Photos}{Photos}{Video}. After visiting The Killing, they moved on to Ballerup where they toured the Center for Clinical and Basic Research, where they were "....briefed on trials being conducted for the potential benefit of osteoporosis patients, and viewed the clinical trial facilities." 


While their wives were off having some fun, Prince Charles of Wales & Crown Prince Fredrick of Denmark visited Gyldenrisparken in Amager, Denmark where they toured the Gyldenrisparken housing estate to review a new regeneration project, visited a carbon-neutral kindergarten, and mingled with the elderly in a new activity center built especially for them. Afterward, the two future kings visited the Avedøre Power Station were they toured the station's biomass power generator as well as met with the employees "... involved in sustainable energy projects." {Photos}

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