Way back in 1977-1978, I was also here as a soldier in His Majesty the King's Guard. I had then been married for 2 years and my oldest daughter Kristine was a year old. The Kings Guard looks just the same today as for 37 years ago. We had the same uniforms, used the same rifle, marched the same way, and seemed just as proud as these soldiers here from today. This picture is from the changing of the Guard, which is done every second hour, every day of the year. I was moved by seeing these soldiers again. For 37 years ago, a marched just the same way and had the responsibility of leading the formal change of the Guards.
There's lots to see around the Royal Palace. To the front of the Palace I have a view towards the city of Oslo. If you I were to walk straight ahead from where I am standing in this picture, I'd come to the Norwegian Parliament building (Stortinget). It's just a ten minutt walk from here. Every year at May 17th, thousands of children walk up this road to greet the King and Queen of Norway. On May 17th 1814, Norway formally declared its independence from Sweden through the signing of a Constitution. We have as a nation celebrated this day each year on the same day, and a typical way of celebrating is through the childrens parade.