Spain’s King Felipe arrives for Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s confirmation on Saturday. The Swedish and Danish royal houses will also be represented.
King Felipe is a very good friend of Crown Prince Haakon, but he was prevented from performing in Ingrid Alexandra’s baptism in 2004. Earlier this week, it became known that Felipe’s father, former King Juan Carlos, had heart surgery. The operation has been been successful.
It was announced earlier that Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Danish Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their son Prince Christian will be among the Royal guests at the confirmation.
All three European royals are the princess’s godparents, in addition to King Harald, Princess Märtha Louise and grandmother Marit Tjessem. The confirmation will be King Felipe’s first visit to Norway after taking over the Spanish throne in 2014.
The entire Norwegian royal family will also be present in the Palace Chapel. After the Confirmation service, the King and Queen host a lunch at the Castle in honor of the Confirmation.
“We are very pleased,” answered Crown Prince Haakon when NTB asked earlier this week about what thoughts he has around the confirmation.
Officials to Norway will also be well represented during the celebrations with parliament president Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen and husband Per Kristian Trøen in attendance.
From the Parliament are Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H), Minister of Finance Siv Jensen (Frp), Minister of Children and Family Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF) and Minister of Culture Trine Skei Grande (V).
In addition, the parliamentary leaders of the Right, the KrF and the Center Party – Trond Helleland, Hans Fredrik Grøvan and Marit Arnstad, as well as Sp leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum and several of the Vice Presidents in the Storting’s presidency.
Also Sámi President Aili Keskitalo and plenary leader in the Sámi Parliament Tom Sottinen will sit on the benches together with Oslo’s mayor Marianne Borgen, mayor of Asker Lene Conradi, Gov. Anne Nafstad Lyftingsmo, police director Benedicte Bjørnland, police chief Beate Gangåsen and the chief of the royal police escorts Roy Hagen-Larsen.
The ambassadors for Myanmar, Sweden and Denmark will also be in place. Myanmar’s ambassador Maw Maw-Doyen is invited because he is one of the ambassadors who has held the post for the longest time.
The list of private guests is not known. It is also not known whether Princess Märtha Louise’s boyfriend Durek Verrett is coming.
The confirmation is conducted by Oslo Bishop Kari Veiteberg and presented in the Bishop’s meeting Helga Haugland Byfuglien. Kantor is Kåre Nordstoga.
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