Haakon and Mette-Marit meet with Angela Merkel in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Yesterday Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit travelled to the German country Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg West Pomerania) on the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the home state of the German Chancellor.
Angela Merkel rarely recieves guests herself; the visit is a sign of the close ties between Norway and Germany.
The Norwegian couple was welcomed in front of the town hall of Stralsund where they signed the Golden Book (the citiy’s guest book). The Crown Princely couple and the Chancellor greeted many of the people and children who attended the event at the Old Market Square.
Inside the Town Hall 150 of the city’s residents were waiting for the Royal guests from Norway in the Löwenscher Hall. During the reception Crown Prince Haakon held a speech in German.
You can read his speech here.
After the reception the Crown Princely couple and Angela Merkel continued the visiting with having a guided tour in the St. Nikolai Church. After the tour the guests lit candles and recieved the blessing.
After they concluded their visit in Stralsund the Crown Princely couple and the German Chancellor travelled to the seaside resort of Binz which is close to the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. They had a lunch at a restaurant and had a walk at the seaside promenade to the town’s pier.
From Binz they continued their visit to Sassnitz which is a small town with connections to Sweden. They then went on board of the M/S Nordwind. They went to see the coast of Rügen which is famous for its white chalk cliffs.
You can find a thread about the visit here.Filed under Norway
Tagged Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Germany, Official Visit, Religion.