Their Majesties the King and the Queen are helding an official dinner in honour of the Duke and the Duchess this evening at the Royal Palace in Oslo.
Both King Harald and the Duke gave a speech at the dinner, which will be attended by members of the government, business leaders, people from the Norwegian creative industries and members of the Norwegian Armed Forces. In total, 104 guests are invited. From the Norwegian Royal Family, the Crown Prince and Princess are attending, as are Princess Märtha-Louise and princess Astrid.
The Duchess was escorted by HM King Harald V to the dinner tonight and she sat next to him at the table. The Duke accompanied Queen Silvia to the dining hall.
The King of Norway gave a great speech at the dinner. He said that the visit by the Duke and Duchess to Norway is ‘very special to himself and the Queen’ because they are ‘like family’ to them. Adressing TRH royal duties for Queen Elizabeth, he says ‘Dear William, dear Kate,’ and he says he admires them for their duties and support to the Queen. One of the best lines in his speech was a quote from the very famous movie ‘Love Actually’. The entire speech by His Majesty can be read here.
Prince William also gave a speech at the dinner. A quote: ‘”Catherine and I are delighted that, now, we too have made that journey; we too have experienced the warmth of that friendship on this very special visit.’ He also passed along a message from his grandmother: ‘Your Majesties, I bring warm greetings from my grandmother The Queen to you both and to the Norwegian people. Her Majesty has very fond memories of her three State Visits to Norway, and of hosting visits by Your Majesties and King Olav.’ The entire speech can be read via this link.
The royals visibly enjoyed listening to the speeches given before the dinner started.
After both speeches, the attendants toasted on the good relationship between the UK and Norway.
The Duchess is wearing a new bespoke gorgeous cream gown by Alexander McQueen tonight. She’s wearing the Queen’s diamond wedding bracelet and diamond earrings from the Royal vaults. HRH is also carrying a new Jimmy Choo clutch. The glittering silver Oscar de la Renta pumps finish her look. The gown is amazing in motion as could be seen when the Royals were entering the dining hall.
The Duke and Duchess are staying at the Royal Palace tonight.
The full itinerary can be read via this link.
A Royal Tour Recap
- Sporty Morning at Vasaparken (day 1)
- A Very Royal Afternoon (day 1)
- A Bold Black-Tie Dinner at the British Ambassador’s Residence (day 1)
- Another Busy Day at the Karolinska Institute, NK and Haga Palace (day 2)
- A Glittering Night at the Fotografiska Gallery (day 2)
- Goodbye Sweden! (day 3)
- A Snowy and Cold Day in Oslo for the Duke and Duchess (day 3)