Undecided whether the royal family will mark May 17 on the castle balcony

King HaraldKing Harald.Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

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One week before National Day, it is unclear whether the royal family will stand on the castle balcony to mark the day.

Since the liberation in 1905, there have been only six occasions that the royal family has not stood on the castle balcony and welcomed the children’s procession passing by on National Day, writes Dagbladet.

Except for five of the war years 1940-44, and in 1910, when the royal family was at the funeral of the King’s father-in-law Edward I in England, the royals have always stood on the castle balcony on May 17. However, because of the corona outbreak, this year there is no children’s procession to pass the castle, and it is not officially clarified whether the royal family should still stand on the balcony as in previous years.

“The program is not completely decided by the Royal House. They will find out along the way,” says leader Pia Farstad von Hall of the May 17 committee in Oslo.

There will be no corps marching up Karl Johans gate, and the traditional folk party at Slottsplassen is canceled. Neither will the Storting President stand on the balcony facing Karl Johans gate as usual on National Day.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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