Albert II, Charlene and the twins commemorate their grandfather in Norway with Crown Prince Haakon

Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella visited Norway on Wednesday 22 June 2022. It was Princess Charlene’s first official trip abroad since her return from convalescence. The purpose of the trip was to commemorate the work of Prince Albert I of Monaco, at the head of several scientific expeditions. During this visit, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene put down the rumors by exchanging a kiss on the mouth in public.

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Prince Albert II and his family in Oslo to honor the scientific work of Prince Albert I

On June 22, 2022, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway welcomed Prince Albert II of Monaco and his family to his country. Albert was accompanied by his wife and his twins, a first official visit to the country for Jacques and Gabriella, aged 7, and a first trip abroad for Charlène since the end of her convalescence.

Princess Charlene’s first foreign trip, arriving in Oslo with her husband and children, here welcomed by Crown Prince Haakon (Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen. Det kongelige hoff)

Prince Albert II was invited to open the exhibition Sailing the Sea of ​​Science, an exhibition marking the centenary of the death of Prince Albert I of Monaco. The exhibition is installed on the Gjøa, an old expedition ship that is preserved in the Fram Museum in Oslo and which in turn serves as an exhibition.

Prince Albert II opens the exhibition dedicated to his great-great-grandfather (Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen. Det kongelige hoff)
Charlène and her children learn more about the expeditions led by Prince Albert I (Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen. Det kongelige hoff)

Prince Albert I was a great explorer and oceanographer. He carried out several scientific expeditions, in particular in the Svalbard archipelago between 1898 and 1907. During the opening of the exhibition, the director of the Fram museum stressed the importance of the support of Prince Albert I. The Norwegian government had not wanted to invest money in explorations in Svalbard, and Prince Albert I created a department to carry out these expeditions and supported them financially. Later in the week, the Monegasque princely family will travel to Svalbard.

The twins seem interested in their ancestor’s history (Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen. Det kongelige hoff)

During their visit to the exhibition, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella pampered themselves. The 7-year-old twins each received a box to rebuild a replica of the Fram.

Jacques and Gabriella receive a gift during their visit to the Fram Museum (Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen. Det kongelige hoff)

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A lunch in the presence of the King and Queen of Norway

“My great-great-grandfather wanted Monaco to have an oceanographic institute with a clear goal: to promote, love and protect marine areas. Today we see how relevant, progressive and significant that vision was.”, has declared Prince Albert II at the opening of the exhibition to which the grandchildren of two Norwegian explorers who accompanied the Prince of Monaco on his expeditions were also invited.

Crown Prince Haakon chats with the grandchildren of the Norwegian explorers (Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen. Det kongelige hoff)

On the occasion of this trip to Norway, Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco were invited to share a private lunch with King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway. The sovereigns invited them to lunch at Bygdø Kongsgård.

King Harald and Queen Sonja welcome the prince’s family to Bygdø Kongsgård (Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen. The Royal Court)
Princess Märtha Louise, Crown Prince Haakon, Queen Sonja, Princess Charlene, Princess Gabriella, Crown Prince Jacques, Prince Albert II, King Harald V and Crown Princess Mette-Marit (Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais princely)

Bygdøy Royal Farm is a mansion located on the peninsula of the same name, near Oslo, where the king and queen like to rest. The Norwegian heir couple were present at the luncheon, along with Princess Märtha Louise, sister of the heir to the throne.

The Monegasque Head of State and the Norwegian Head of State during their lunch at the Royal Farm (Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen. Det kongelige hoff)

Nicholas Fontain

Editor

Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After being a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in royalty news. Nicholas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales. nicolas@historiesroyales.fr


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