Back to business on day two of Polish State Visit to Norway


King Harald and Crown Princess Mette-Marit with the President and First Lady of Poland on day two of their State Visit to Norway

If day one of the Polish State Visit to Norway was all about tradition, then day two was about getting down to business. There were forums, there were talks, there were speeches and there was yet more rain. This was the serious part of this State Visit.



King Harald of Norway and President Andrzej Duda of Poland during the State Visit on May 24th

The day began with a business seminar attended by King Harald and President Duda of Poland with a focus on co-operation between their two countries in the energy and maritime industries. Then the two men headed to the Nobel Institute where the Polish president held talks. And before they even got to sit down for lunch, they were off to Akershus Fortress for a demonstration of a rocket system. That's what you call a busy morning.


King Harald of Norway and President Duda of Poland during their visit to Akershuh Fortress

They did get a spot of lunch when the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, hosted a meal in honour of President Duda and his wife which was also attended by King Harald and Crown Princess Mette-Marit who had had to miss the State Dinner because of back problems.


King Harald of Norway greets President Andrzej Duda of Poland on his arrival in Bodo

Harald then headed off by plane to Bodo where he was on hand to greet his visitors as they arrived - the engagements on day three will take place there.


Andrzej and Agata Duda hosted a dinner for King Harald in the city which is the administrative heart of the northern county, Nordland. The final day will see the President and First Lady of Poland and King Harald attend a ceremony at Narvik remembering all those from Poland who died in World War Two.

You can read all about all the State Visits taking place in May here.

Photo credits: kongehuset.no and @prezydentpl Twitter.

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