On October 17, 2011, Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway visited the city of Duluth, Minnesota. Upon their arrival the reigning couple were greeted by the mayor of the city, Mr. Donald Ness and several local dignitaries. After the official greeting there was a luncheon in their honor during which His Majesty King Harald gave a brief speech:
During our visit in the Midwest, the Queen and I have had the pleasure of visiting many institutions that are doing an important job documenting and conveying to future generations the stories of the Norwegian immigrants. My sense of pride in the achievements of the Norwegian immigrants and their descendants has been reinforced. You have made and are continuously making great contributions to all aspects of American society.
In the mid-afternoon they visited the organization, Sons of Norway. Per the official website for the royal house of Norway:
Founded in 1895 by Norwegian immigrants, Sons of Norway is the largest “Norwegian” organisation outside Norway. The organisation works to promote and preserve Norwegian heritage and culture, offering courses in Norwegian language, cooking and handicrafts, among other activities and programmes. King Harald is the patron of the Sons of Norway Foundation.
The King and Queen were greeted at Norway Hall by International President of Sons of Norway Dan Rude and local Lodge President Kristbjørg Eide. The King and Queen were introduced to a number of guests at the hall, where Arna Rennan performed “Norge mitt Norge”, singing part in Norwegian and part in English.
Finally after a long day the reigning couple attended the rededication of the observation tower on Lake Superior known as the Enger Tower.
To watch a video as well as to view photos please click the links below: