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Norwegian royal couple visit St. John's campus for literary event

Campus and Community

By Mandy Cook

Memorial’s School of Music was the site of a royal visit this week.

A Cross-Cultural Literary Conversation: The Call of The Wild, a literary event featuring Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Norwegian author Erlend Loe and Newfoundland author Ed Riche, took place on Thursday, Nov. 10. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon was also in attendance.

The Gazette’s photographer Chris Hammond was at the special event and captured some of the scenes below.

1/ Welcome to Memorial!

The Crown Princess and Prince of Norway with Chancellor Susan Dyer Knight and a number of children from Memorial's Childcare Centre.

Photo: Chris Hammond

2/ An excited audience

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon greet the children, who waved Norwegian flags and wore construction paper crowns. The children's curriculum this week included an introduction to the Scandinavian country in anticipation of the royal couple's visit.

Photo: Chris Hammond

3/ Memorial introductions

The royal couple speak with Dr. Knight and Iris Petten, chair of Memorial's Board of Regents.

Photo: Chris Hammond

4/ Greetings

A woman and child in traditional Swedish dress greet Their Royal Highnesses in the School of Music lobby.

Photo: Chris Hammond

5/ Her Royal Highness

Crown Princess Mette-Marit speaking at the School of Music.

Photo: Chris Hammond

6/

Memorial's Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Noreen Golfman, Norwegian author Erlend Loe and Newfoundland author Ed Riche discuss literature on stage at the School of Music.

Photo: Chris Hammond

The public event, hosted by Memorial University in partnership with the House of Anansi Press, the Norwegian Literature Board and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, was part of a visit to Canada by Their Royal Highnesses.


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