Personalised honour for Haakon and Mette-Marit´
10 DECEMBER 2004
Norway's crown prince and princess received an especially personal honour this week when they were presented with an award which took the form of a cartoon on themselves. The framed picture, which depicts Haakon
strolling through a snowy scene underneath a streetlight, marked the royal couple winning Norway's "Tolerance" prize.
At a presentation on Wednesday, both were praised for their "impressive efforts" in exemplifying open-mindedness and the values of tolerance and acceptance.
The organisation presenting the award said that the pair had been chosen because they are seen as being "modern, socially aware and tolerant people, who have adopted some of the best humanitarian values in the Norwegian society".
And a new piece of artwork to add to their interior decor wasn't all Haakon and Mette-Marit walked away with. They also received 10,000 Norwegian kroners in prize money.
The Tolerance award was established in 1987 by a monetary donation by a former president. Winners are selected by a committee within the Norwegian parliament.
1. The award took the form of a cartoon of the couple, and is the work of a Norwegian artist
2. The prince and princess were honoured for exemplifying open-mindedness and the values of tolerance and acceptance