Velkommen Your Majesties

Our little corner of Northeast Iowa had some special visitors today – the King and Queen of Norway.

King Harald V and Queen Sonja

As part of the college’s 150th¬†Anniversary, King Harald and Queen Sonja came by to help us celebrate.

For those who don’t know, Luther College was established by Norwegian immigrants back in 1861, making it the first in the United States and oldest in the world outside of Norway. ¬†Plus, it’s probably the only place in the United States where their Majesties can hear the audience can perform a near perfect rendition of the Norwegian National Anthem.

So yes, it was a pretty cool day.

A streaming version of the ceremony is available here (click On Demand and select Royal Convocation – the actual ceremony starts about 13 minutes in).