Norway’s Royal Couple meets and greets Medal of Merit recipients

Karen Marie Auråker Ellefsen from Oslo, accompanied by Arna Oddveig Auråker Ellefsen, have received the King's Medal of Merit. Here they greet King Harald and Queen Sonja during a reception at the Palace on Tuesday. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

For the first time in two years, the Royal Couple has been able to physically meet and greet recipients of the prestigious “King’s Medal of Merit.”

First time in two years that recipients have been welcomed at the Palace

For the first time since the start of the global pandemic, the Royal Couple has welcomed recipients of the “Medal of Merit” to the Royal Palace in Oslo. King Harald and Queen Sonja met the 38 medal recipients, and their partners, who have been honored for excelling in areas such as the arts and culture, science, business, social and humanitarian work.

King Harald was back at work at last after eleven days of sick leave due to contracting COVID-19. The Royal Couple was not able to meet the 2020 and 2021 recipients due to infection control measures in place in Norway at the time.

The King’s Medal of Merit (Kongens fortjenstmedalje) was established by King Haakon VII in February. 1908 and is considered the 8th highest decoration one can be awarded in Norway.

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