Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Norway's Royals celebrate National Day

Norway's royals greet the crowds on their country's National Day 2016

Spring is definitely here. You know that the dark days of winter are gone when the Norwegian Royal Family head out in national dress for a national day. And with Harald, Sonja, Haakon Magnus and Mette-Marit donning the traditional costume and sparkling in the sunshine, the warm days of spring are well and truly with us.

As is traditional, it all began early doors with the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway and Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus greeting their local children's parade that begins the day.

They stood on the steps at Skaugum as the Asker municipality parade passed by and greeted some of the youngsters taking part.

And we got all the parts of this royal jigsaw - as we've come to expect, they brought their pet dog along too and Milly Kakao proved as popular a royal as any on the day.

Then it was time for the balcony appearance. Crown Prince Haakon Magnus lost his traditional Norwegian costume and replaced it with a traditional tail coat as he and his family joined King Harald V and Queen Sonja at the Royal Palace to greet more parades.

Norway's Royal Family has greeted the children's parades held to mark Constitution Day for over 100 years - King Haakon VII and Queen Maud brought in the tradition at the very start of their reign and first waved from the balcony in 1906.

 Now, their great, great granddaughter, Ingrid Alexandra, is part of the tradition she will one day lead as Queen of Norway. This special part of the country's past, present and future is always the sign of sparkling days now and still to come.

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