Church named after Crown Princess Mette-Marit
The new Seamen’s Church in Miami will be called “Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Church.”
The Crown Princess will be the guest of honor when the church and the Nordic Cultural Center are inaugurated in just over three weeks.
The full name of the new building is the Seamen’s Church Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Church – Scandinavian Church & Center. The name is given with the permission of the royal house. The Norwegian royal family has good connections with the Seamen’s Church.
“The Crown Princess will be present at the opening of the new Seamen’s Church in Miami,” said Deputy Communications Director Sven Gjeruldsen of the Palace.
The celebration starts on Saturday, November 19 with an open house, barbecue and activities for children. Each room, including conference rooms, cafeteria and reading room will then inaugurated with speeches.
Sunday there will be worship, coffee and a party.
During his visit to San Francisco Tuesday, Crown Prince Haakon visitied the Seamen’s Church there, while the royal couple ended their U.S. visit with worship and coffee in the Seamen’s Church in New York. It is named after King Olav V, while the Seamen’s Church in Paris takes its name from Queen Sonja. There is no royal obligation to give one’s name to a seaman’s church, but it has become a tradition.
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