King Harald and Queen Sonja will visit Lillehammer on Saturday, 16 February, to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

King Harald V and Queen Sonja, 22 January 2011. Photo: Sølve Sundsbø, The Royal Court.

The King had declared the Olympic Games open in 1994 and Crown Prince Haakon had lit the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony.

Russia won a total of 23 medals, including 11 Gold, whilst Norway came second with 10 Gold, 11 Silver and 5 Bronze, a total of 26.

The royal couple will arrive in a carriage to attend an event in Søndre Park, the Torch Prize and Awards ceremony at Håkon Hall, followed by the Torch Prize Dinner.

The Torch Prize is awarded to individuals, companies and other organisations to have distinguished themselves by contributing to strengthening the region and its reputation.

Lillehammer Silver Jubilee Celebrations

The party begins from 9.00 am, with an exhibition of Olympic memorabilia at the Norges Olympic Museum with free entry and musical street performances in the city centre.

At Søndre Park from 11.00 am, it is an opportunity to meet Olympic champions, have a go at Olympic sports: sledding, ice skating, ice hockey, skiing, curling, the biathlon and snowboarding, amidst a great atmosphere with music, guest speaker and hot drinks.

A Parade from Søndre Park begins at 1.30 pm to Lilletorget for everyone. See the Olympic outfits from the 1994 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

A show with regional artists and Olympic athletes will be held at Lilletorget at 2.30 pm.

The Marianne Hurum exhibition opens at the Lillehammer Art Museum from 2.00 pm.

More shows, music and fireworks begin at 5.00 pm at the Lysgårdsbakkene.

The Torch Prize ceremony at Håkon Hall begins at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 9.00 pm.

Visit Lillehammer Kommune – Welcome To the Olympic Anniversary – website for more details –

Tickets for the Torch Prize Ceremony cost NOK110 (about AUD18) per adult and NOK55 (about AUD9.00) per child) and NOK 500 (AUD83.18) for the Torch Prize Dinner, a three-course meal including an aperitif. Booking essential for the dinner.

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