On the second day of their State Visit to Denmark King Haakon spent an hour or so visiting a museum in the morning together with his brother King Christian X. Later on they were joined by their wifes for a luncheon at the Norwegian Legation where the Norwegian Minister to Denmark, Professor Hagen, and his wife acted as hosts for the Royal Couples and for a selected few guests. In the evening there was a concert at the Royal Palace of Amalienborg followed by a supper for 250 guests.
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It had only been a few months since King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine had visited Norway (more of that visit here). But in June 1913 they were ready to receive the Norwegian Sovereigns on a return visit. The Norwegian Royal Couple had already been on a State Visit to Denmark in 1906. This had in fact been the first State Visit the newly elected King and Queen of Norway embarked upon. But now a new King had started his reign in Denmark and it was time to pay another visit to this friendly neighbouring kingdom. It was of course also a family reunion since the new Danish King was in fact the older brother of King Haakon.
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Like during most State Visits there were also during this visit appointments in both the Norwegian Order of St. Olav and in the Danish Order of Dannebrog. King Haakon had already received the Order of the Elephant back in August 1890 when he was still a Prince of Denmark and King Christian received his Grand Cross of the Order of St Olav with Collar when he attended the 1906 Coronation of his brother in Trondheim. Crown Prince Olav was still too young in 1913 to receive any Orders and neither the Order of the Elephant nor the Order of St Olav were usually given to female foreigners at that time so no Royals were awarded during this visit.
Orders were instead given to courtiers and officers from both countries participating in the State Visit. The Director of the National Theatre, where the Royal Couples attended the Gala Performance, and the two gentlemen guiding the Royal Couples during their visit to the museums were also rewarded with the Order of the Dannbrog.
The Norwegian Prime Minister was not in favour of the distribution of orders and had in fact in his political programme the abolition of the Orders as one of his causes. It therefore came as a surprise to most that two of his minister colleagues in the Government had accepted the Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog from the hands of the Danish King.
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This fourth and last day of the Danish Royal Couple’s visit to Norway was effectively only half a day. As they were travelling back to Denmark in the afternoon they were only able to make use of the morning hours. Even so, those hours were put into good use as they visited both the Oseberg Viking Ship and the National Gallery. They showed great interest in both exhibitions. They then had lunch back at the Royal Palace before resting and preparing for the journey back to Copenhagen.
Since they were leaving already in the afternoon it of course meant that no evening event took place, though three glittering gala events the previous evenings is not bad for a State Visit – especially if we think about the events taking place during today’s State Visits.
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Still delving into the visit paid by King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine to Norway in February 1913 the time has come to post on the information gathered from the third day. Their hosts, King Haakon and Queen Maud, had wanted to show them the Coronation gift received from the Norwegian people in 1906: the Royal Lodge. This was situated up in the nearby hills surrounding Christiania (Oslo) and it was at that time a relatively private area of the capital. They enjoyed a relaxing morning including a private lunch and some very winterly outdoor activities.
In the evening a large soirée took place at the Royal Palace to which around 400 guests had been invited. Again it must have been a glittering event, but sadly the press is not very detailed in their reports when it comes to the glitter. However, Queen Alexandrine is described as wearing a diamond tiara so it is almost certain and Queen Maud also wore one of her tiaras.
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On the second day of their visit King Christian and Queen Alexandrine had a very quiet morning. Only King Christian had any sort of public engagement before lunch as he received representatives from the City Authorities at the Royal Palace. Lunch was taken at the Danish Legation with the Danish Minister and his wife being the hosts. Then there was a glittering Gala Performance at the National Theatre in the evening.
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In February 1913, the new Danish King, Christian X, made his first State Visit abroad and he travelled up to Norway together with his wife Queen Alexandrine. Here he was warmly received by his younger brother, King Haakon VII, and his sister-in-law. So it was a very close family reunion that took place on a chilly February day in Kristiania (the name of Oslo at that time). As one would expect there was a State Banquet in the evening on the first day.
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On this 3rd day of the visit King Haakon and Queen Maud were able to see the Palace of Versailles first hand. They were guided around by the curator and luncheon was also served in one of the grand rooms of the palace. After the meal they were taken around the wonderful parks of the Palace. Furthermore they were the guests of honours at a glittering gala dinner hosted by the French Minister for Foreign Affairs and his wife at the Ministery of Foreign Affairs. Many of the guests at the dinner were members of the diplomatic corps station in France. The dinner was followed by a soirée.
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Their Majesties King Haakon VII and Queen Maud had a very busy second day during their 1907 visit to France. It was not like the visits they had previously made to close family in Denmark and the United Kingdom. This visit only lasted for three days and it was the wish to press as much as possible into the three days as possible of public events. So not a lot of hunting or remaining put in the palace. From early morning to late in the evening the Royal Couple were taken around to see sights and to meet people. But the enthusiastic reception they received must have given them quite a boost of both pride and energy.
The second day ended with a splendid Gala Performance at the Opera.
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Also during HM King Haakon VII’s State Visit to France in 1907 Norwegian orders were distributed among those who had been involved in making the State Visit a success. The French President, Mr Fallières had already received his Grand Cross with Collar of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1906, but there were many other French officials who received their honours during this visit.
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