Christmas at the Royal Palace
Their Majesties the King and Queen for the first time host a televised Christmas concert at the royal palace.
HM King Harald and HM Queen Sonja invited 200 young people from the four projects that work with the Crown Princess’s Fund to a Christmas concert in the palace’s Great Hall. The cooperation projects are “Run for your life,” “Street Art Academy,” “Collectors Project” and “Work Institute.”
The young people came from Trondheim, Oslo, Stavanger and Drammen.
At the Christmas concert, young Norwegian artists performed traditional Christmas songs and newly written songs. The artists who participated were Marit Larsen, Vinni, Stein Torleif Bjella, Katzenjammer, Gunhild Sundli, Ida Jenshus, Moddi, Ingrid Olava and Samsaya. Other contributors included the Radio Orchestra and Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess.
“We are proud and pleased that these particular artists took the challenge from the Fund, and want to work with us on something dear to our hearts,” said the Royal Couple in a statement.
The concert will air on NRK Saturday, December 17.
The same artists are participating in the Christmas album “We Light Our Lanterns.” A portion of the profit from the sales of this album will go to the Royal Couple’s Fund.
The Royal Couple’s Fund was established when the Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were married in 2001. When the Fund was relaunched in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the anniversary this year, it changed its focus and revamped its efforts. In the coming years, the Kronprinsparets Fund will help with concrete projects that create arenas for coping and participation for young people – to enhance young people’s opportunities in a vulnerable phase of life.
“Working with youth is one of the most important, and one of the most fun, things we do. Many young people don’t have the resources they need, and for some it can be a major challenge. Through the fund, we want to ensure that young people are seen – so they can use their capabilities and contribute to the community. Then we are better equipped to create the Norway we want for the future,” said the Royal Couple.
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