After saying farewell to the Swedish royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their Scandinavian tour next door in Norway.
Upon disembarking from their plane, the royal couple were greeted by Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his wife, Crown Princess Mette Marit.
On their Norwegian agenda: a meeting with young entrepreneurs, a tour of a sculpture park, and meeting members of the public.
Continuing on her purpose to highlight mental health, the Duchess, with the Duke, visited the Hartvig Nissen School located in Oslo. The royal pair were there to learn about the popular teen drama ‘Skam’ that deals with heavy issues such as mental illness and other difficult topics.
The crowds – plus the stars of ‘Skam’ – were all delighted to see Kate and William in their capital city.
The Duke and Duchess also toured a sculpture park with the Crown Princess and her daughter, Princess Ingrid-Alexandra. Kate wrapped up in a fur hat and gloves – William braved the elements hatless.
I dag snakket Hertugparet og Kronprinsparet om ungdom og psykisk helse med elever fra Hartvig Nissens skole. Det var her den populære SKAM-serien ble spilt inn, som beskriver en del av de utfordringer som unge mennesker står overfor i dag. Foto: Kensington Palace #royalvisitnorway #offisieltbesøk #hertugparet #kronprinsparet #dukeofcambridge #duchessofcambridge #hartvignissensskole #SKAM #elever #ungdomogpsykiskhelse #psykiskhelse
Prins William og Hertuginne Catherine ledsages gjennom Prinsesse Ingrid Alexandras Skulpturpark av Prinsessen og Dronningen sammen med Kronprinsparet. Her under skulpturen Roggbif. Foto: Gorm Kallestad, NTB Scanpix. #royalvisitnorway #dukeofcambridge #duchessofcambridge #kongefamilien #prinsesseingridalexandra #skulpturpark #offisieltbesøk #slottsparken
The evening saw the royals gather for a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo with King Harald V and Queen Sonja, along with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit. Also joining the esteemed group was Princess Martha Louise, Haakon’s sister, who excitedly posted her makeup and hairstyle on Instagram prior to the event. The King’s sister Princess Astrid was also in attendance.
It’s fantastic to see William and Kate meeting with fellow royals. Being able to mingle with those who are close to their age in a similar position reminds them of the gravitas they’re supposed to bring to their own roles.
William has looked nervous at a few points during Swedish part of the tour, but his speech at the dinner in Oslo was very well done. Kate has looked incredibly polished and engaged, and despite the lack of tiaras, the jewels on hand were stunning. Things looked great when Kate went to the Netherlands and met King Willem-Alexander – that polished professional is still shining, I’m happy to see.
Gone, I believe, are the days of Kate’s fly-away skirts and hair; William seeming to be stressed every time he’s in a public ceremonial function; and the long retreats from public view to Anmer Hall. We are witnessing a royal couple who have finally found their footing.
I am sure Prince Charles and the Queen are good role models, but sometimes talking to and observing someone of your own age group in the same position – like Haakon and Victoria – are helpful. Even King Felipe of Spain, though he is several years older than William, has lived as an heir in the public eye, and he also married a commoner who has had to adjust to royal life. Taking in any advice or wisdom from these fellow heirs and crowned heads can only serve to help both William and Kate in the long run. Here’s to many more years of great public work from the Cambridges.