Friday, 11 November 2016

Norwegian Visit to Canada, the end

The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway on the final day of their visit to Canada
(photo detnorskekongehus Instagram)

Three locations, four days, dozens of engagements. The Norwegian royal tour of Canada has come to an end in Newfoundland where Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Crown Princess Mette-Marit did business, talked literature and got to meet another big crowd who had turned out to see Norway's future king and queen on what has been a hugely successful visit. Welcome to the end of the Norwegian Royal Tour of Canada.

Let's start with the lassoo. Haakon Magnus and Mette-Marit began their final day in Canada, November 10th 2016, with a visit to a seminar on the Arctic including security in the region. And before you could even say iceberg, the Crown Prince of Norway had control of a simulator which allowed him to try his hand at catching, well, an iceberg.

Then it was time for a tour of an exhibition designed to give people an idea of experiencing the Arctic at night. There are flashlights, there are torches, there's a lot of darkness. There was a preview of 'Polar Night: Life and Light in the Dead of Night' at the Johnson GEO Centre in St John's before a seminar in the same venue on marine science and its role in the future.

Princess Mette-Marit is well known for her love of literature and reading and as the Canadian visit came to an end, she led an event on books. She told her audience about her experiences of her Literature Train scheme which runs every year and sees her travel across Norway to promote and encourage reading.

The photo that Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Crown Princess Mette-Marit posted at the start of their tour of Canada. They were still smiling as it came to an end.
(photo @Kronsprinsparet) Twitter)

The visit ended with a reception for Canadian and Norwegian delegations which focused on business as well as showcasing food and cooking. And then it was time for Haakon Magnus and Mette-Marit to say farewell to Canada. The visit which had begun with supper at the Trudeaus ended in Newfoundland - two events separated by four days and thousands of miles but which had taken in a huge amount of success.

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