Day Two: Scandinavia Tour
At the British Government's request, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Norway, Sweden and Denmark. These visits, to other Monarchies linked by common Royal descent, mark the start of Their Royal Highnesses’ official overseas celebrations of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
- It may have been raining in Bergen today, but that did nothing to stop the Norwegian crowds from lining the streets to say hello to Their Royal Highnesses on the second day of their Scandinavian tour. As one Norwegian told us: "There is no such thing as bad weather in Norway, only bad clothing" and so it was business as usual in the wet but cheerful town.
- Their Royal Highnesses spent a second day with the King and Queen of Norway, ending their first day yesterday at a State Dinner at the Palace in Oslo, during which King Harald spoke of the bonds between the British and Norwegian Royal Families in a speech where he said: "We are more than friends. We are family."
- While The Duchess of Cornwall and The Queen braved the fog and rain to visit an outdoor children's nursery, The Prince and His Majesty headed down to the harbour to visit the Institute of Marine Research on board the M.V Brennholm, which has been working closely with The Prince's International Sustainability Unit. The Prince was keen to hear how the IMR has been working innovatively to help reduce plummeting fish stocks.
- The next stop took Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses to Bergenhus Castle. For The Prince of Wales it was a nostalgic visit to the 13th Century medieval hall of Haakonshallen, because he last visited in 1969 with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. In a tribute to The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the cultural musical performance performed today was almost identical to that The Prince saw when he last came to Bergen.
- As Their Royal Highnesses left the performance the rain was still persistent, but it wasn't enough to stop the crowds from coming down to the harbour and wishing them well on their visit to Bergen. Singing and dancing kept people warm as they waited for the members of the two Royal families to arrive, someone even brought their dog along too!
- Their Royal Highnesses embarked on a walking tour of Bryggen's Wharf, stopping to talk to people as they went. Bryggen's Wharf is a fantastic collection of colourful wooden buildings by Bergen Harbour and is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century.
- Ending a wet but enjoyable day, The Prince and The King boarded HMS Liverpool. The ship and its crew played a crucial role in military operations in Libya last year, working closely with the Norwegian Air Force in doing so. Meeting the crew and hearing about the work they have carried out, The Prince gave a short speech during which he thanked them profusely for their brave efforts.
- In this audio clip, Clive Alderton, Private Secretary to Their Royal Highnesses sums up the engagements in Bergen today. A full audio insight of the tour so far is available at http://soundcloud.com/clarence-house …
- As always, you can see all of the photos from today's visit to Bergen in our Flickr gallery below:
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