Norway's Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit made a variety of appearances in Toronto on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 8), before finishing up their busy day at a glitzy film screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The royal couple kicked off their day at Hart House on the University of Toronto's St. George campus, where they both participated in arts seminars.
Prince Haakon attended a music event while his stunning wife moderated a chat with Norwegian authors Erlend Loe and Hilde Kristin Kvalvaag. They then reunited for a VIP luncheon before departing for a series of engagements across town at Ryerson University.
The parents of three explored the school's innovation zones, including social and digital start-up programs. The duo then met with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, before attending a networking reception hosted by Innovation Norway.
After spending time on campus, the prince and princess changed into evening wear to celebrate Norway's official Oscar entry The King's Choice at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The screening of Erik Poppe's critically acclaimed movie marked the first time it was shown outside of Norway.
His royal highness joked that the theatre was an "election-free" zone before applauding Canada's film industry. "It is really great to be back in Toronto. One of the most important cities in the world of films, and home of course to the Toronto Film Festival," said the 43-year-old, before adding, "Canada has fostered many talented actors and filmmakers. One of my all time favorites is a Sci-fi movie eXistenz from 1999 - a Canadian film. And some of the funniest people on the screen are Canadian, such as Jim Carrey and Michael Cera."
He also reminisced about the close ties that Norway formed with Toronto during World War II and the refuge the city provided to his father King Harald. "The first training camp for Norwegian fighter pilots, known as Little Norway, was located in what is today the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport," said Haakon.
"My father, King Harald, visited Toronto and Little Norway several times as a small boy, when he was living in exile. The hospitality shown by this city at a crucial time in Norway’s history has given Canada and Toronto a special place in the hearts of Norwegians."