Monaco royals revel in Norway visit

Monaco’s Prince Albert and Princess Charlene continued their tour of Lapland on Monday as they prepared to visit an open air school for young reindeer herders in the far north of Norway.

Monaco royals revel in Norway visit
Photo: Johan Mathis Gaup/Scanpix

The royals are in the middle of a three-day trip to learn more about the lives of the indigenous Sami population and to discuss the impact of climate change in the region.

“This is a great experience and I’m very pleased that Charlene is getting to experience it too,” the 54-year-old prince told Norway’s TV 2.

The pair began their visit in Finland before crossing the border into Kautokeino in Norway on Sunday, where they were greeted by the proud mayor, Klemet Erland Hætta.

“This is a form of recognition for our region and it is also recognition for the Sami culture,” Hætta told TV 2.

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, 34, also planned to sleep in a Lavvu, a traditional Sami temporary dwelling, and attend a reindeer race before leaving Kautokeino on Tuesday morning.

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Has King Harald snubbed Sweden’s royal wedding?

Norway’s King Harald is not attending the wedding of “Europe’s coolest royal couple” Sofia Hellqvist and Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip on Saturday, leaving Scandinavian royal watchers puzzled.

Has King Harald snubbed Sweden's royal wedding?
Sofia Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip marry on Saturday in Stockholm. Photo: Swedish Court
According to the Norwegian Royal Court, Queen Sonja is scheduled to attend the wedding along with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Märtha-Louise and her husband Ari Behn. 
However, Harald himself will be absent. 
“The King has another private engagement, and will not be at the wedding,” a court spokesperson told Dagbladet. 
The spokesperson would not clarify whether Harald had been invited or not.
Last year, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustav ruffled Norwegian feathers by at first declining to attend the bicentenary of the Norwegian constitution. 
He later relented and attended the ceremony on May 17. 
Kjell Arne Totland, a Royal expert with TV2 told Dagbladet that it was quite common for Norway’s King and Queen to attend events alone. 
“In April Harald went alone to Copenhagen for the 75th birthday of Queen Margrethe,” he said. “Both King and Queen were invited both to there and to Stockholm, but this time it is the king who has other plans for the weekend.”