Saturday, May 17, 2014

Norwegian National Day 2014.

Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix
200 years ago, Norway got a Constitution and today the whole country is celebrating it along with National Day. Per tradition, the Royal Family greeted the people who gathered at the parade in Oslo from the palace balcony. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius Borg Høiby greeted first the children at the traditional Children's Parade in Asker, outside Skaugum. 
Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix
King Haakon and Queen Maud instituted the custom of greeting the parade in Oslo from the palace balcony in 1906. The practice has been upheld ever since. The only exceptions were in 1910 when Queen Maud's father, the English King Edward VII was buried, and during the war years 1940-1944. 
Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix
Tonight will be a big celebration of the Constitution Bicentennial at Eidsvoll, where it all started. King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Prince Henrik of Denmark, King XVI Carl Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden will be present.


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