King Harald and Queen Sonja in Milan on day three of their visit to Italy
There was also a really, really good lunch. The fish and seafood on offer was on King Harald's mind as he made his last big speech of the State Visit. He told his audience that trade links between the two countries had started when a merchant from Venice had been shipwrecked on a northern Norwegian island and had so loved the food he was given by his welcoming hosts that he brought some of it, stockfish, back and began trading it. Harald reminded his listeners that it remains among the biggest of all exports from Norway to Italy.
Putting the fish to one side, there was also a chance for a spot of fashion - Milan is pretty famous for its style, after all. Harald and Sonja met several Norwegian designers working in Milan. The Queen of Norway has shown us a pretty stylish wardrobe during this visit and ended the tour with two colourful creations. There was a blue trouser suit with a textured jacket and a teal skirt suit with a stand out brooch that cemented her take on interesting jewellery on this tour.
Queen Sonja goes green with some interesting jewels on day three of her State Visit to Italy
This State Visit, the 45th that Harald and Sonja have made in their 25 years as monarchs, ended on a high note as they toured an upcoming exhibition of craft that will feature Norwegian designers. And then it was back to Oslo where their home agenda is pretty packed while State Visit attention is turning to Denmark where this week, Queen Margrethe and her family will host an incoming trip by the President of Chile.
And you can read all about April's State Visits on the special page here.