I have seen pictures of her in the past wearing her medals. Someone in the Duke and Duchess thread commented on it. I don't think there is a reason for it, I think she is proud of her medals and wants to wear them (beside when she gets them when else is she going to be able to )
On the Canadian Governor General's site it shows how to wear medals and for women they can wear medals to a black tie event. This is the link http://www.gg.ca/honours/wear/index_e.asp but the information is in pdf format.
more pictures from the baquet (Colourpress)
CP Mette-Marit looks very pretty. I love her tiara. Im usually not a fan of her wardrobe but everything she has been wearing during this visit has been stylish and feminine, esp. the two gala dresses.
I agree. She is every inch the royal. What I like about her and her husband is they have never caused any grief to HM or any gossip. That must be a welcome relief to the Queen to know at the least the Gloucesters have been steadfast in holding up the Firm. :)
The Queen of Norway visited the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for a seminar on 'The Architectural Legacy of Sverre Fehn'
here's her speech :
"Ladies and gentlemen,
It is with great pleasure that I take part in this first of a series of events that will present a few selected Norwegian architectural firms here at the Royal Institute of British Architects. This is the first time British and Norwegian architects come together in this way. I hope that this and future events will inspire closer collaboration.
Many Norwegian architects have a special relationship with United Kingdom. After the Second World War it was the policy of the Norwegian government to send students to study abroad. The UK was the country of choice for many future architects. So many in fact, that the UK was called “Norway’s biggest school of architecture” in the 1960s and 70s. Your country thus played an important part in building the Norwegian architectural profession.
This was also the period when Norwegian architecture started to make a name for itself abroad. Sverre Fehn brought the Nordic quality of light to Venice with the Nordic Biennial Pavilion in 1962. Intentions in Architecture, the major work of the late Christian Nordberg-Schultz written in 1966, inspired thousands of students worldwide. His writings on landscape and nature created a foundation for Norwegian architecture. Today the Library in Alexandria, designed by Snøhetta, is one of the best Norwegian architectural achievements.
Increased recognition leads to increased confidence and boldness. It is therefore important for Norway to promote the work of Norwegian architects abroad and to create networks. This is also what we are aiming to do here at the Royal Institute of British Architects today. One possible point of departure might be Sverre Fehn, but you will also meet some of our youngest and most innovative new talents.
Norwegian architecture has its roots in modernism and has a tactile relationship with materials and nature. We are a young nation, and our building tradition does not, with a few exceptions, include monumental buildings. But perhaps this has also been our strength.
Architecture is constantly evolving, and Norwegian architecture is no exception. For this constant development to take place, it is important that young architects get a chance to practise. In Norway we have focused on competitions as a way of bringing out the best of both young firms and well established ones. This stimulates architecture to evolve.
Our world is becoming smaller and smaller. Architects find markets abroad as well as at home. For the majority of Norwegian firms this is a new situation. We are, however, facing global challenges that can only be overcome at the global level. Encounters with other cultures can help to define one’s own identity.
When planning and creating sustainable environments and buildings, architects have for decades looked beyond national borders. I believe that although the architects presented here draw on sources both outside and within Norway, their work represents something uniquely Norwegian.
This, I hope, will be of interest to British architects.
The Queen of Norway and the Crown Princess of Norway attended Wednesday a literary lunch at the Groucho Club, Soho, to launch an anthology of Norwegian contemporary writers.
The Queen's speech:
"Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to be present at the launching of The Norwegian Feeling for Real, a collection of short stories by 25 of Norway’s foremost contemporary writers. The anthology was commissioned for the centenary of the peaceful dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden. It is an important contribution to our literary dialogue with the United Kingdom. I hope that British readers will enjoy the Norwegian voices represented in the book.
Norway and Britain share a long literary tradition. Almost 800 years ago, before the emergence of the novel itself, the Icelandic poet and historian Snorre Sturlason wrote his famous Sagas of the Kings. The unsentimental style of the sagas had considerable influence on writers in Britain and around the world – introducing a “feeling for real” if there ever was one.
It was not, however, until the 19th century that a major Norwegian voice became known in Britain. This voice belonged to the playwright Henrik Ibsen. Next year we will celebrate the centenary of his death with an extensive programme worldwide. Ibsen is often called “the father of the modern drama”, and is only surpassed by Shakespeare when it comes to popularity among theatre audiences and the number of performances staged around the world.
We might say that literature is an art form that inspires cultures to communicate – and learn from each other. The invaluable work of dedicated translators has made it possible for people of different nations to share the same experiences, thoughts and emotions. This is international communication in the true meaning of the word.
For a small country like Norway, with a language that is only spoken by fewer than five million people, translation of literature will always be important. A wide selection of English literature has been made available to Norwegian readers in translation. Ever since Shakespearean times, English literature has been one of our most important sources of intellectual and literary inspiration.
A publication like this one is the result of several years of dedicated work by publishers, the Office for Norwegian Literature Abroad, literary agents, critics and translators – truly a joint venture.
I hope that The Norwegian Feeling for Real will captivate – and perhaps even surprise –British readers. It will certainly give them a taste of some of the best new writing appearing in Norway today.
At a press conference at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 26 October, the Norwegian Royal Family spoke of the experiences so far on their Special Visit to the UK.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess, who had just been to Clarence House to meet The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, said they've had an interesting conversation and that it was great to get to know the Prince and Duchess better. The Crown Prince also added that he particularly admired Prince Charles's work with his charity the Prince's Trust.
The Queen of Norway and The Crown princess also talked about the literary launch of a Norwegian anthology contemporary writers on Wednesday. HM Queen Sonja said it had been great to help promoting Norwegian literature in the UK and, in addition to meeting Norwegian authors, it had also been "a fantastic experience to meet Doris Lessing".
HM King Harald, who earlier on Wednesday had been to New Scotland Yard for a briefing was asked about his thoughts around the issues of terrorism. The King said he had been given an insight into the work carried out in the UK to defeat terrorism and he underlined the good cooperation Norway and UK had together on this matter. "The world needs to come together to fight terrorism," The King concluded.
The King also praised his host, HM Queen Elizabeth and said: "The Queen is a role model for all of us - she has done great work for the UK and the monarchy."