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Charles and Camilla to meet victims of Norway massacre

16 MARCH 2012

On their Jubilee tour of Scandinavia next week, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will show solidarity with survivors of the terrible massacre on the Norwegian island of Utoya.

After arriving in Oslo on March 20, the royal couple will stay at the Palace as guests of King Harald and Queen Sonja.

 

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A Clarence House spokesman said that the couple are "deeply touched" by the invitation to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession. 

The aide added: "Their Royal Highnesses will meet young people engaged in youth activities, including survivors of the terrible attack at Utoya last Summer."

 

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They are also likely to meet with King Harald's daughter-in-law Mette-Marit who lost her stepbrother in the tragedy.

Norway's royal family has links with the Windsors going back to the time of Queen Maud, Harald's grandmother, who was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. 

Charles and Camilla's agenda includes a concert in the city of Bergen, where they will also join up with the crew of the HMS Liverpool, which recently took part in the liberation of Libya.

From Norway, the future King and his wife will travel to Sweden for a two-day stay. King Carl Gustaf is related to the British royals through his grandmother, Margaret of Connaught, another of Victoria's grandchildren.

They will promote Anglo-Swedish trade links and visit one of Europe’s largest youth centres.

Their tour ends on March 27 in Denmark, where Queen Margrethe is celebrating 40 years on the throne.

 

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