King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden will join in Norway’s constitutional bicentenary celebrations after all. The royal couple initially snubbed the offer to mark the jubilee at Eidsvoll on May 17 this year, the birthplace of Grunnloven, Norway’s constitution.
The Danish royal couple accepted Norway’s invitation, but the Swedish royals declined on the grounds they don’t visit other countries to celebrate their national days. The rejection sparked a flurry of criticism in Norway, with many saying the Swedish should be present to celebrate the Scandinavian neighbour’s declaration of freedom and independence.
In a statement, the Swedish palace said King Carl Gustav had changed his mind after receiving extra information about the event. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported the royal couple are not coming to take part in the National Day celebrations, but for a special jubilee event at Eidsvoll.
Grunnloven was drawn up and signed on May 17, 1814, just after Norway had been taken from Denmark and awarded to Sweden following the Napoleonic Wars. A short war followed Norway’s declaration of sovereignty, before Sweden and Norway signed a peace treaty and the Norwegian constitution was revised. Norway entered into a union with Sweden, and finally gained full independence in 1905.