Norway’s Royal Family celebrated National Day with a difference on 17 May 2020, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

At 1 pm, the Royal Family came out on the Palace balcony. Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix

Normally Constitution Day is a huge celebration usually with children’s parades, marching bands, traditional costumes, and lots of ice cream.

Royal Standard Royal Palace Roof Oslo
The Royal Standard on the Palace roof with the Norwegian flags in the Palace Square. Photo: Liv Anette Luane, The Royal Court

And a huge gathering outside the Royal Palace as the Royal Family appear on the balcony.

Raising the Royal Standard

The Royal Standard was raised on the palace roof’s flag pole at 8.00 am with the national flag flown in the palace square.

The flagpole on the palace roof is 16.3 meters high, 17 May 2020. Photo: Liv Anette Luaene, The Royal Court
The Royal Standard flies from the Palace roof’s flagpole.
Photo: Liv Anette Luaene, The Royal Court

Ambassadors arrive at the Royal Palace to sign the congratulatory books, with staff wiping down the tables with disinfectant between each visitor.

Asker

The Crown Prince family wanders down from Skaugum. 
Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

The Crown Prince family walked to the gates at their home at Skaugum at 11.00 am to meet student representatives, choirs and corps in Asker.

The Crown Prince family carried a banner to the Russian - to acknowledge how well they have followed up the infection prevention councils during the Russian era. Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix
The Crown Prince family presents a banner to graduating high school students in Asker. 
Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix

Four presidents of the ‘russ’ (Year 12 students celebrating the end of their school life) received their own banners from the Crown Prince Family who thanked them for following health advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Crown Prince couple (Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit) beckons to people on balconies and windows during the drive in Asker, 17 May 2020. Photo: Liv Anette Luane, The Royal Court
The Crown Prince couple wave to people on balconies and windows during their drive in Asker. Photo: Liv Anette Luane, The Royal Cour

Balcony Appearance

The Norwegian Royal Family appeared on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Oslo to mark Constitution Day at 1.00 pm, with Queen Sonja, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Ingrid Alexandra wearing ‘bunad’ or traditional costumes.

Norwegians sang the national anthem, Ja, vi elsker (Yes, we love).

Students from Vålerenga and Grünerløkka schools held banners from 74 schools in Oslo.

Both schools celebrate their 125th anniversary in 2020 and would have been first in the annual Children’s Parade.

The banners had stayed overnight in the Royal Palace’s hallway.

Going for a drive

King Harald and Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit went for a surprise drive in two vintage cars through Oslo as the people couldn’t come to the Palace Square this year.

King Harald and Queen Sonja leaves the Royal Palace for a surprise drive in a vintage A1 car, 17 May 2020. Photo: Øivind Møller Bakken, The Royal Court
King Harald and Queen Sonja leave the Royal Palace in a vintage A1 car for a surprise tour.
Photo: Øivind Møller Bakken, The Royal Court

Their tour including the Solgården Home and Care Centre, Borgenbråten community and activity centre (a housing cooperative) and the Ullevål Hospital.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit follow in A5 car, 17 May 2020. Photo: Øivind Møller Bakken, The Royal Court
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit follow in a vintage A5 car. 
Photo: Øivind Møller Bakken, The Royal Court

The Army band from Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (His Majesty The King’s Guards) met the Royal Family at the hospital and performed for the patients.

See more photos from the Norwegian Royal Family’s National Day 2020 Album – https://www.kongehuset.no/fotoalbum.html?tid=183404&sek=26949&kategori=113123

Photo: Facebook/Kongehuset

History

The Constitution came into effect on 17 May 1814 at Eidsvoll, declaring Norway as an independent nation following the Napoleonic Wars.

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