A pleasant surprise in Norway was walking to a large yellow building on the hill in the center of Oslo. The statue is what first grabbed my attention.
The statue is King Karl Johan XIV King of Sweden and Karl Johan III, King of Norway (1763-1844).
Yeah, one man was king of both countries with different titles of royalty.
Royal Palace Oslo, Norway
Groups of school kids were walking up the hill to the Royal Palace Oslo.
I did not know this was a palace until I saw the guard at the top of the hill in a small guardhouse.
King’s Royal Guard at Royal Palace Oslo.
All of a sudden several Royal Guardsmen, Hans Majestet Kongens Garde, came out of a small house nearby. I found myself a spectator to the Norwegian changing of the Royal Palace guards.
Changing of the Guard, Royal Palace Oslo, Norway
The Palace Park adjacent to the Royal Palace has been open to the public since 1867 making it unique among royal parks in Europe for public access.
Slottsparken view of Royal Palace, Oslo.
The current King of Norway is King Harald V since January 17, 1991. He married Sonja Haraldsen August 29, 1968 in Oslo Cathedral. She is Queen Sonja.
Oslo Cathedral – Oslo Domkirke (constructed 1694-1697).