The Norwegian National Day is celebrated on 17th of May in memory of the events of 1814, when Norway got its independence and the Constitution was passed. A central element of the celebrations is the children’s parade. Here are some pictures from the parade in Oslo, which is greeted by the Norwegian Royal Family at the Palace balcony.
The Mayor of Oslo, Fabian Stang, in the middle. To the left (with a blue tie) the Governing Mayor (leader of the City Government), Stian Berger Røsland.
The Norwegian Royal Family greets the children's parade from the palace balcony. From such a distance, and with only a pocket camera available, this was the best I could manage... I hope to get a better camera in a not too distant future!
First Vice President of the Storting, Øyvind Korsberg, greets the children's parade from the Storting Balcony.
The traditional 17th of May bow with the portrait of King Olav V (1903-1957-1991). I can remember having seen bows with King Harald V's portrait early in his reign, but they seem to have disappeared from the marked. Too bad! I would love to get one! In the meantime I will have to wear the portrait of King Olav...
Photos and articles
- The Crown Prince Family greets the children's parade at Skaugum in Asker (Budstikka.no)
- The children's parade at Skaugum in Asker (Budstikka.no)
- 17th of May celebrations in Asker, pictures (Budstikka.no)
- ... and in Oslo (Nettavisen.no)
- ... and in my old home town Sandefjord (SB.no), including a pictures gallery and the traditional laying of wreaths at among others the war graves at Ekeberg cemetery and at the Seamen's Memorial outside Sandefjord church.
- Happy 17th of May! (blog article 16 May 2010)