Prince Charles meets massacre survivors

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Britain's Prince Charles on Tuesday met survivors of Norway's island massacre last year as he and his wife Camilla visited Oslo as part of a Scandinavian tour.

The prince had requested the meeting with several survivors of the July 22nd killings on Utøya island, where right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik shot dead 69 people, mainly teenagers attending a summer camp.

The now 33-year-old Breivik, who has said he was on a crusade against multi-culturalism and Europe's "Muslim invasion", had earlier set off a car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo, killing eight people.

Prince Charles lost his grand uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten, with whom he was close, in a 1979 attack by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

The meeting took place behind closed doors at the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, in the presence of Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja.

Before the meeting with the Utøya survivors, including the head of the Labour Party youth movement which had organised the summer camp, Eskil Pedersen, the prince laid a wreath at the national monument in Oslo.

He also held talks with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, but they made no public statements.

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On Wednesday, Prince Charles is set to visit Norway's second largest city, the picturesque Hanseatic port of Bergen, where he is scheduled to visit a marine research ship and a Norwegian Royal Navy frigate.

On Thursday, he and Camilla continue their Nordic tour, first travelling to Sweden, followed by a visit to Denmark.

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