Prince William, Kate Get Warm Welcome in Chilly Norway

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Britain's Prince Willian and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens, in Oslo
Britain's Prince Willian and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens, in Oslo, Norway, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
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OSLO (Reuters)

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate flew to Norway on the final leg of a Nordic trip on Thursday, and stepped out onto a red carpet laid out over a blanket of snow

They were greeted by the country’s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit at Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport and went on to meet well-wishers waving Union Jacks in the winter cold.

 

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose for a photo ahead of dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo
Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose for a photo with (L-R) Princess Martha Louise of Norway, King Harald of Norway, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, and Princess Astrid of Norway ahead of dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Jackson

 

William and Kate – expecting their third child in April – toured a children’s sculpture park at the start of their two-day trip and were due to visit the Ski Museum, dedicated to Norway’s national sport.

They were also expected to meet students to discuss mental health – an issue that William and his brother Harry have campaigned on in the past.

 

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose for a picture with Queen Sonja, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in Oslo
Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose for a picture with Queen Sonja, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway February 1, 2018. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS

 

Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, is also a relative of Norway‘s King Harald, as both descend from Britain’s Queen Victoria.

Britain is Norway’s largest export market through its purchases of natural gas.

 

(Reporting by Oslo newsroom; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

 

 

Britain's Prince William and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are welcomed by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo
Britain’s Prince William and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are welcomed by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

 

Britain's Prince William and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wave from their car as they leave Gardermoen Airport in Oslo
Britain’s Prince William and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wave from their car as they leave Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway, February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

 

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, attends dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo
Britain’s Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, attends dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool

 

Britain's Prince William delivers a speech as he attends dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo
Britain’s Prince William delivers a speech as he attends dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool

 

Britain's Prince William attends dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo
Britain’s Prince William attends dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool

 

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is greeted by people in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo
Britain’s Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is greeted by people in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway February 1, 2018. NTB Scanpix/Cornelius Poppe via REUTERS

 

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is greeted by people in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo
Britain’s Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is greeted by people in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway February 1, 2018. NTB Scanpix/Cornelius Poppe via REUTERS

 

Britain's Prince William and Crown Princess Mette-Marit visit the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens, in Oslo
Britain’s Prince William and Crown Princess Mette-Marit visit the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens, in Oslo, Norway, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

 

Britain's Prince William and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive by private jet at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo
Britain’s Prince William and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive by private jet at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway, February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

 

Workers roll out a red carpet for Britain's Prince William and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, to walk down on their arrival at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo
Workers roll out a red carpet for Britain’s Prince William and Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, to walk down on their arrival at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway, February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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