His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima will pay a state visit to Norway at the invitation of His Majesty King Harald V from Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 November 2021. Their Majesties will travel to Oslo and Trondheim, and will be accompanied by foreign minister Ben Knapen.Royal House of the Netherlands
The main themes of the visit will be bilateral and international cooperation, climate change, the energy transition, and sustainability.
- Tuesday morning – King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima arrive in Oslo, the King will lay a wreath at the National Monument
- Tuesday early afternoon – Lunch at the Royal Palace
- Tuesday afternoon – Visit to the Fram Museum
- Tuesday evening – State banquet at the Royal Palace
- Wednesday morning – Seminar on human rights, meeting with the Norwegian Prime Minister
- Wednesday afternoon – Reception with the Dutch community on HMS Rotterdam
- Wednesday evening – King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will host a concert at the MUNCH museum
- Thursday morning – Visit to Trondheim, speech by Crown Prince Haakon on ocean management
- Thursday afternoon – Visits in Trondheim, lunch with the mayor
- Thursday late afternoon – Guided tour of Nidros Cathedral and conclusion of visit
We’ll circle back with official photos as they become available. Feel free to add them to the comments as you find them!
They have arrived! As Mrs. Diamond mentions below, Crown Prince Haakon has a cold and did not participate in the arrival ceremonies. Queen Max is all about the green these days, but it’s Sonja’s hat that has me mesmerized. The Queen heard me puzzling over Benedikte’s chapeau yesterday and said, “My dear, hold my Aquavit. I have a hat for you.” For the record, I love it.
Edited: Sonja’s hat is a repeat, worn with her blue coat for the Finnish state visit in 2012. Thank you Royal Hats.
The Queen and Crown Princess did a little family coordinating in two of my favorite color combination: pale blue and dusty brown.
Dress rollcall. They are all repeats.
- Queen Maxima: Green silk shantung dress, Vermeulen for Natan. Worn for the state visit to Brunei in 2013 (thank you Baguette Oz!)
- Crown Princess Mette-Marit: White and beige dress, Fendi. Worn for the Nobel ceremonies in 2018. (Thanks to Baguette Sars!)
- Princess Märtha-Louise: Red suit, Rena Lange. Worn by Queen Sonja in 2011. (Thank you Baguette Ween, with an additional hat tip to the folks at UFONoMore).
At the FRAM museum. Max is still in her Natan, but Sonja has been a quick-change artist. I wonder if that is a hostess prerogative?
Have you ever seen such hilarity ensue during a state visit? They love each other’s company.
He is my favorite. You knew that.
- Queen Sonja: Norwegian Emerald Parure
- Queen Maxima: Dutch Sapphire Tiara
- Crown Princess Mette-Marit: Diamond Daisy
- Princess Märtha-Louise: Amethyst Parure
Drumroll for the repeat dresses, please!
- Queen Sonja: Lime green gown. Previously worn at her 2017 birthday celebrations.
- Queen Maxima: Ombre gown with sheer cape, Jan Taminau. Previously worn at the 2018 British State Visit banquet.
- Crown Princess Mette-Marit: White gown with embroidered yoke. Previously worn at King Harald and Queen Sonja’s birthday celebrations.
- Princess Märtha-Louise: Lilac off-the shoulder-gown. Previously worn at Madeleine and Chris’s wedding in 2013 (Thank you to Baguette Ween!).
What language do they all speak when together? The answer is in this video of the official arrival ceremonies (there are some charming moments, so do watch!)
If you would like to see the live-action version of the banquet, here is your chance.
The royal group attended a seminar about human rights, fighting hate speech, and freedom of expression at the Deichman Library. More royal re-wears are in evidence, and I think most people are happy with this one. She has worn it at least three times previously, in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Here is a close-up of the hat – although it’s more on the order of a fabric hair ornament.
We believe Sonja and Mette-Marit are wearing repeats, but as of yet, we haven’t placed them.
The Queen’s necklace is under discussion in the comments. It is engraved with the words, “Love, Mette”. Per ModekoninginMaxima, it first appeared in 2013 after the inauguration and is believed to be a gift from that event.
Speaking of Mette-Marit, she wore a very colorful vest that I don’t think is a rewear – it is certainly memorable! (We have received reports it is actually several seasons old but we still haven’t placed the last outing).
For the evening concert at the MUNCH Museum, it’s a repeat for Queen Sonja (from her 50th wedding anniversary celebrations, thanks to Baguette Ween!) and a Claes Iversen gown for Queen Maxima. Great hair on everyone ; ).
Look who managed to get up from his sickbed! Kudos to Crown Prince Haakon, who joined WAX, MAX, and Mette-Marit in a visit to the Powerhouse Brattorkaia in Trondheim, Norway. According to Getty, the Powerhouse is the most northern energy positive office building in the world.
This video proves MAX is stoic in heels. Also, she has great hair today. Mette-Marit’s vest shows to a good advantage, too.
And like that, it’s over. MAX and WAX, with the Crown Princely couple, arrived at Nidaros Cathedral for their last event of the visit. Max is wearing a repeat Claes Iversen dress. It first appeared on March 28, 2017, in The Hague, The Netherlands. The President of Argentina was in the Netherlands for a two-day official state visit. Thank you Baguette Princess Patricia!
Sigh, it was a good one! We do have a state visit to Spain next week, plus Daisy and Fred’s ongoing German visit, so don’t despair!