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Old 08-30-2011, 05:20 AM
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State Visit from South Africa - August 31st-September 1st, 2011

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At the invitation of his His Majesty King Harald V, the President of the Republic of South Africa, Dr. Jacob Zuma
accompanied by Mrs Tobeka Zuma will make a State Visit to Norway from August 31 to September 1, 2011.

Here's the official announcement of the visit and programme.

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Parts of the programme will be:

August 31, 10:30 am: Welcoming Ceremony at the Palace Square, CP Haakon and CP Mette-Marit will be present as well.

August 31, 01:00 pm: Official Luncheon, CP Haakon and CP Mette-Marit will be present as well.

August 31, 03:10 pm: Wreath laying ceremony at Akershus fortress

August 31, 03:25 pm: Visit to Oslo Cathedral

August 31, 03:40 pm: Visit to The Nobel Peace Center

August 31, 08:00 pm: Official banquet, CP Haakon, CP Mette-Marit and Princess Astrid will be present as well.

September 1, 08:25 am: Visit to Det Norske Veritas

September 1, 10:00 am: Business Seminar

September 1, 10:15 am: Visit to the Ullevål University Hospital by Queen Sonja and Mrs Tobeka Zuma

September 1, 02:00 pm: Official Luncheon, Princess Astrid will be present as well.

September 1, 05:00 pm: Visit to the Holmenkollanlegget
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:12 AM
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The state visit has started, here's a video of the welcoming ceremony:


** nrk.no: Kongelig velkomst for Sør-Afrikas president **

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** belga gallery **


** aftenposten.no: Stor afrikansk misnøye med Libya-operasjon ** translation **

** side2.no: Hjemme har han tre koner **

** siste.no: Kongelig velkomst for Zuma **

** reuters/gettyimages/daylife gallery **
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AUGUST 31: (L-R) Queen Sonja of Norway , South Africa First Lady Tobeka Madiba, President Jacob Zuma and King Harald V of Norway attend a wreath laying ceremony at the National Monument at Akershus Fortress on day one of the South Africa state visit to Norway on August 31, 2011 in Oslo, Norway.

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and a visit to the Nobel Peace Center

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Gala pictures. The Queen in a new dress that seems to be of a double color green and blue.

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I've never seen Mette-Marit look so good! Both at the Welcoming Ceremony and the Gala. Does she have a new stylist?
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A few more from the dinner + pictures of the King & President giving their speech

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1st off- I don't like The First Lady'sdress. It makes her look heavy.
And...
I don't mean to offend nor speculate, but do I spy a " baby bump"?
Or is she just heavy-set?
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1st off- I don't like The First Lady'sdress. It makes her look heavy.
And...
I don't mean to offend nor speculate, but do I spy a " baby bump"?
Or is she just heavy-set?
sorry to say, the cleavage is totally inapropriate...
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A picture gallery from siste.no of the dinner and guests.
Half way through the gallery there are some nice pictures of the royal family.

State Visit from South Africa: The King's Speech
Video and you can read it here
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Another picture.

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Norway`s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (L) and South Africa`s President Jacob Zuma met for political talks in Oslo Thursday September 1, 2011, during the state visit of the South African leader.

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I thought she looked lovely in the day and evening , lipstick was a little heavy but apart from that she looked great
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Queen Sonja looked absolutely gorgeous at the gala dinner in her jade green chiffon gown. As for Mette-Marit, what can be said except for utmost class and sophistication. I just loved her cream "trench coat" styled jacket with contrasting black feather fascinator. So totally chic. Her ivory gown for the gala dinner was soft, serene and elegant. Nothing was over the top. Nothing was overdone. Just absolute grace and glamor. Norway can be so proud of their royal ladies.They were simply immaculate. This is true royalty at it's best.
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Pics from day 2, September 1st, including a visit to the cancer department at Ulleval University Hospital
and the official luncheon at Akershus Castle.


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** oslo-universitetssykehus.no: Dronning Sonja til Oslo universitetssykehus **
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video from the gala evening
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It's my professional and personal opinion that the Crown Princess looked a frump in the evening and all too often does.


A "frump" ?! I´m asking the administrator to step in against your rude and offensive words!
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Dramatic much..

Mette-Marit isn't a frump, but the way she sometimes chooses to dress would indicate otherwise, imo.

No one has ever been reprimanded, to my knowledge, for using such a word before, and I'd be astonished if they were now. Compared to what a good many people say about various other royals, my use of language is incredibly tame!

To suggest someone wears what appear to be dowdy and at times, old fashioned clothes which don't suit them, is hardly an offence :)
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