President Moon Jae-In and First Lady Kim Jung-sook of South Korea were in Norway on June 12th and 13th for a state visit. Unfortunately both Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were absent due to illness, so who do you think they called in to cover? Princess Astrid, or Auntie Astrid, as we call her in these parts, is who. The 87 year young princess worked this event like a boss, with a little help from King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon.
Astrid was not at the drizzly welcome ceremony, but she did attend the official luncheon at the Royal Palace. I am very fond of both of the lady’s outfits, which are dignified with a little embellished zazz. I particularly love that Astrid added a zippy hat to finish off the ensemble.
Unfortunately, the photos from the banquet are few and we have no glimpses of Auntie Astrid, nor can we confirm she was there. We do have this lovely shot of the First Lady in a traditional dress, though!
Tonight, King Harald offered a State Banquet in honor of the Korean Presidential Couple. Queen Sonja was absent from all the activities due to health problems. pic.twitter.com/2kfj4moDS7
— Scandinavian Royals. (@crownprincely) June 13, 2019
The President and First Lady are now headed to Sweden, so keep an eye on this space for more information on their Scandinavian sweep.