Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess to visit UK after delaying trip due to Queen's death

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The visit was originally due to take place from September 14-16 last year but was postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon greet royals in Norway

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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit are set to undertake an official visit to the UK in March. The royal pair will visit London from March 1-2 to mark the strong relationship between Norway and the United Kingdom.

Although no announcements have been made, it is expected that the couple will meet King Charles and Camilla Queen Consort during the visit.

The official visit was due to take place last September but was postponed due to the mourning period following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess will be joined on the visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anniken Huitfeldt; Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Aasland; and Minister of Trade and Industry, Jan Christian Vestre, as well as a business delegation during the visit.

Further details about the visit are due to be published in due cause.

Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit

Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit at the funeral of the former Greek King Constantine II (Image: Getty Images )

Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette- Marit

Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette- Marit at the Nobel Peace Prize Banquet in Oslo last month (Image: Getty Images )

According to The Royal Court of Norway, the visit would be focused around business in particular the energy sector and the challenges of Green industrial transition.

They said: "The main purpose of the visit is to promote increased business sector cooperation with a focus on green industrial transition and innovation and to expand cooperation on energy.

"Promotion of Norwegian literature and music will also be included in the programme."

The UK is a key ally of Norway as well as being its biggest partner for exports.

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Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Crown Princess Mette Marit

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Crown Princess Mette Marit at the opening of the National Museum (Image: Getty Images )

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The Queen meeting King Harald of Norway in London in 2018 (Image: Getty Images )

The British and Norwegian royal families have a positive and close relationship over many years.

King Harald V of Norway is a second cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth through a common great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

The Norwegian Royal Family is also the highest European royal family in the British line of succession.

Over the years the two families have organised a number of state visits between each other.

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The Queen with King Harald on a state visit to Norway in 2001 (Image: Getty Images )

This includes three state visits to Norway by Queen Elizabeth II and one to the UK from King Harald.

The Norwegian royals have also visited their British relatives privately once a year for many decades.

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