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King Harald V’s family lights London Christmas. This year’s Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting will be performed by His Majesty’s sister, Princess Astrid. The Norwegian tree is selected from forests surrounding Oslo, with plans for this occasion laid years in advance. The arbour, usually a Norwegian spruce (Picea Abies) and around 50-60 years old, was felled during a ceremony in Norway.

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King Harald V’s family lights London Christmas

Published on Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015 at 12:24 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This year’s Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting will be performed by His Majesty’s sister, Princess Astrid.

Trafalgar Square, London
This picture shows A gathering of Carol Singers in front of the Christmas Tree in 2006.Trafalgar Square, London
Photo: Diliff/Wikimedia Commons


The Norwegian tree is selected from forests surrounding Oslo, with plans for this occasion laid years in advance.

The arbour, usually a Norwegian spruce (Picea Abies) and around 50-60 years old, was felled during a ceremony in Norway.

Attending the occasion were Ms Sarah Gillett CMG CVO, incumbent British Ambassador to Norway, Mayor of Oslo Marianne Borgen, and Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor The Lady Christabel Flight.

“I was fortunate enough to be together with the Lord Mayor at the felling of the tree in Norway,” Mayor Borgen tells The Foreigner.

This year’s arbour was then transported by heavy goods vehicle held by crane to Brevik in eastern Norway’s Porsgrunn municipality under police escort.

The some 70-foot-high (over 21 metres) Christmas tree subsequently arrived in Immingham in Northern England’s Yorkshire and Humber region before its onward transport to the UK metropolis.

“Of course, it’s also nice to come to London to follow the progress of a tree that was felled in the eastern part of Oslo and to see it there,” comments Mayor Borgen.

A specialist rigging team is to set up the tree in the Trafalgar Square using a hydraulic crane, decorating it in traditional Norwegian style with vertical strings of lights. Energy-efficient bulbs are used.

“An important token of gratitude”

Norway has sent a Christmas tree to London every year since 1947 in appreciation and recognition for Britain’s support during WWII.

The Mayor of Oslo underlines that the tradition is significant, and one that should be continued.

“It’s important to show the People of Britain that the bonds between Norway and the UK remain strong today, some 70 years after [the Second World War],” she explains. “For me, this tree is a symbol and token of gratitude for the reception Norway was given, as well as a nice symbol of enduring and important bilateral friendship.”

Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor The Lady Christabel Flight, and Ms Mona Juul, Norway’s current Ambassador to the UK, will also be attending Thursday’s ceremony. It is scheduled to begin at 6 pm local time.

The Salvation Army and the St Martin-in-the-Fields Choir will be providing the musical accompaniment.

Norway’s gift tree will remain in place until Sunday 4th January 2016, after which it will be chipped and composted for recycling as mulch.



Published on Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015 at 12:24 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: christmas, london, norway, wwii.





  
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