Princess Astrid remember:
"On 8 May 1945, Norway was again a free country. Princess Astrid was in full swing with her homework at Pook's Hill outside Washington, when she was the first in the US to hear that the Germans had surrendered. - In the background, I had the radio on. Suddenly the broadcast breaks with the message that "the Germans have surrendered - Europe is free again". I stormed out and cried, "Now the war is over, we are free, we are free." Mother asked, "Did they say anything about Norway?" I couldn't answer that, because I had run out before I heard the whole message, says Princess Astrid.
Right after the phone rang. It was from the embassy that could confirm that Norway had again become a free country.
Crown Prince Olav set foot on Norwegian soil again on May 13, as the first in the Royal Family. Princess Astrid followed and went ashore in Oslo with King Haakon, his mother and his siblings on 7 June 1945."