Kate Middleton Meeting Norway's Princess Mette-Marit Is Giving Us Serious Elsa and Belle Vibes
Kate Middleton — who bears more than a passing resemblance to Disney princess Belle — jetted into Norway on Thursday and came face-to-face with a real-life Elsa.
On the third day of their tour of Scandinavia, Kate and Prince William were welcomed to the country by Prince Haakon (he of the disappearing beard!) and Princess Mette-Marit — who bears a striking likeness to Disney’s Frozen heroine.
Although Frozen is set in the mythical land of Arendelle, Walt Disney World uses Norway as the setting for many of their Elsa and Anna encounters. And Oslo looked the part of a magical winter wonderland as William and Kate arrived to get to know the country and their fellow royals.
The couple touched down at the Gardermoan air force base and were met by several inches of deep snow when they landed at 11:55 a.m. local time.
There, a red carpet was rolled out and the Norwegian couple’s limo arrived so that they could welcome the British royals from the aircraft.
Prince William was off first and was followed immediately by Kate, who wore a blue coat by Catherine Walker & Co. over her Seraphine maternity dress.
Although Frozen is set in the mythical land of Arendelle, Walt Disney World uses Norway as the setting for many of their Elsa and Anna encounters. And Oslo looked the part of a magical winter wonderland on Thursday as William and Kate arrived to get to know the country and their fellow royals.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the British couple bonded with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. In Oslo, the pair will enjoy the hospitality of King Harald at a palace dinner this evening.
Like Kate’s fairy-tale story of young student who met her prince at as a university student, Mette-Marit’s real-life tale has a happily-ever-after too. A commoner, she was introduced to Haakon — the heir to the throne in Norway — by friends at a rock concert in 1999. She already had a young son, Marius, who acted as a page boy at the couple’s 2001 wedding.
The royals then traveled to the royal palace, where they were officially welcomed to Norway by King Harald V and Queen Sonja with a private luncheon, which was also attended by other members of the royal family.
Later in the afternoon, they visited the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the palace gardens, which opened last year in the name of Princess Ingrid Alexandra to mark the 25th anniversary of the King’s reign.
The sculptures, of which there are now four, are designed by and for children, through cartoon competitions in schools across the country.
Will and Kate greeted well-wishers who lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.
Later in the afternoon, they attended an event held at MESH, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-up companies to grow their businesses and thrive in a creative environment. Encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation are high priorities for Norway and the U.K., with plenty of exciting collaboration across the North Sea.
Will and Kate met with a number of Norwegian and U.K. companies based at MESH showcasing their work, and saw how some start-ups are tackling issues such as the environment, and mental health and wellbeing, in new and engaging ways.