King Herald and Queen Sonja hosted a dinner at the royal palace in the honour of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Oslo.
The royals were joined by 104 guests including members of government, leaders in business, those from the Norwegian creative industries and serving members and veterans from the Norwegian Armed Forces.
Duchess was led to the Great Dining Room by King Herald while Prince William escorted Queen Sonja. It was a regal event following all royal traditions.
Before the dinner, the Royal couple posed for the official photographs with the Norwegian Royal Family.
Nå klokken tyve er det duket for middag på slottet. Både de Kongelige og gjester fra inn og utland er nå på vei inn i store spisesal. De Kongelige går sist til bords.
Posted by Kongehuset on Thursday, February 1, 2018
A video of royal arrival shared by the Royal Palace Oslo.
Speaking at the dinner Duke of Cambridge said, “Thousands of people across the North Sea in each direction every year. Friendship is the hallmark of what prompts them to make that journey.”
Coming to the sartorial details of the night, Duchess of Cambridge was a regal princess tonight glowing in Flowing gown and royal jewels.
Catherine chose her trusty Alexander McQueen blush gown featuring crystal flower embellishment around the neckline. The Highlight of the flowing gown was the cape that gave the gown a soft regal, vintage as well mysterious touch.
The gown was a perfect fit for the future Queen of England and the dream of every Princess.
Duchess accessorized the elegant gown with royal jewels. She wore Queen’s sparkling diamond pendant earrings. As per the Her Majesty’s jewel vault: This pair of diamond pendant earrings includes a pendant of separate stones hanging within a diamond frame. These appeared at the 2012 State Opening of Parliament, but have no publicly known provenance as of yet.” We have seen Catherine wearing earrings on several occasions.
Another glittering jewel was the Queen’s wedding gift bracelet. Made from the diamonds of a tiara that belonged to Prince Philip’s mother this beautiful piece was given by Prince Philip to his wife as a wedding present.
In Norway, the couple was received by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. This was Duchess’ first meeting with Haakon and Mette-Marit. The Crown couple will accompany them to today’s engagement.
Regarding the tour, Kensington Palace stated, “The Duke and Duchess have asked, as with previous overseas visits, that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Norwegians as possible. The UK’s links with Norway are extensive, and Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the people of Norway.”
“The two-day visit will see the Duke and Duchess learn more about Norwegian entrepreneurship and innovation, meeting young people with a focus on mental health, an official dinner at the Royal Palace, and a visit the ski jump Holmenkollen, one of Norway’s most iconic landmarks, which boasts dramatic views over the city of Oslo.”
After exchanging greetings, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed towards the royal palace where they will be staying for the tour.
At the palace, the couple was officially welcomed by King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway.
The King and Queen hosted a luncheon to welcome the British Royal Couple that was attended by many other members of the Norwegian Royal Family.
It seems William and Catherine gave an official portrait of them to Norwegian King and Queen.
After lunch, the royal couple met with thousands of well-wishers waiting for them outside the palace.
Duchess was presented with flowers by the members of the public.
A video of walkabout shared by Richard Palmer on Twitter.
The first stop of the day was Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens that was opened last year in the name of Princess Ingrid Alexandra to mark the 25th anniversary of The King’s reign.
The royal entourage was led by Princess Ingrid Alexandra herself.
The sculptures, of which there are now four, are designed by and for children, through cartoon competitions in schools across the country.
Duchess talking with the people gathered around the park.
A Royal Wave. Duchess was really at home with Princess Ingrid. It makes me wonder how it will be when Charlotte will be old. The Mother-daughter time will be wonderful.
Next, the royals attended an event held at MESH, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-up companies.
They met a number of Norwegian and UK companies based at MESH showcasing their work and saw how some start-ups are tackling issues such as the environment, and mental health and wellbeing, in new and engaging ways.
Encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation are high priorities for Norway and the UK, with plenty of exciting collaboration across the North Sea.
The Palace shares a vide remarked, “Earlier today, The Duke and Duchess got a special demonstration of The Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter jet as they flew between Stockholm and Oslo”.
For the third time on the tour, Duchess Catherine chose a Catherine Walker number. She wore a blue funnel neck coat. It can be safely assumed that all the coats Kate wore during are bespoke as they fit her perfectly in the almost third trimester of pregnancy.
The blue Maternity Cocktail Dress has a soft woven skirt that sweeps elegantly to the knee, creating a flattering A-line silhouette that’s perfect before, during and after pregnancy. The stunning lace bodice is lined in comfortable stretch jersey, while the elegant long sleeves are made in stylish peek-a-boo lace, with subtle bell detailing at the cuffs. Velvet ribbon detailing at the empire waist, cuffs and collar complete the look.