At a meeting on Thursday during the Norwegian royal couple’s visit to the United Kingdom, Prince William and Kate Middleton reconnected with their Norwegian counterparts, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Haakon and Mette-Marit were set to visit the United Kingdom in September, but their trip was postponed due to Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja attended the late monarch’s formal funeral at Westminster Abbey.
It was a reunion for Prince William, 40, and Princess Kate, 41, who met Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit, both 49, during a February 2018 visit to Oslo – but this time, Prince William is also next in line to the throne.
According to their Kensington Palace office, the Prince and Princess of Wales invited Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit for the Windsor Castle meeting, where they concentrated on addressing common environmental issues. Following their meeting with the Norwegian royal couple, all four of them met with representatives from three top Norwegian enterprises working on green energy solutions.
Alex Grant, Senior Vice President and UK Country Manager, Equinor, ivind Eriksen, CEO, Aker ASA, and Brre Jacobsen, Managing Director, Northern Lights JV were present at the meeting with the royal couples. His Excellency Wegger Chr. Strmmen, Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, was also present.
In 2018, Prince William and Kate took a winter vacation to Sweden and Norway. Their tour included a stop at the Holmenkollen resort, which is home to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, one of Oslo’s most recognizable attractions.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit also paid a visit to the United Kingdom in November 2018 to attend Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebration at Buckingham Palace.
It follows a busy week of public appearances for Prince William and Princess Kate. They traveled to Wales on Tuesday for a series of events, including the launch of a program to develop vegetable gardens to improve mental health and a visit to a sports center to highlight the outstanding work being done there and the role fitness can play in healthy mental health.
William was also named royal patron of Wales Air Ambulance, which has a base in Llanelli in the country’s west.
On Wednesday, the couple was on duty at Windsor’s Combermere Barracks, handing out ceremonial leeks and meeting soldiers and their families during the annual St. David’s Day procession.