// Last updated: 05/08/2013 //

The donation of between 15 and 20 white-tailed sea eagle chicks originating from Western Norway is a vital part of the reintroduction programme for the UK’s largest and most spectacular bird of prey

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Well, at least for a week when the world famous Largs Viking Festival takes place in Ayrshire, Scotland, where crowds gather from near and far to celebrate the Viking heritage in Largs, notably the Battle of Largs 1263, which was the last Viking invasion in the UK.

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The last 12 months have seen many Norwegian highlights in the British Isles, including numerous large cultural events, and a few cute animals hitting the headlines for all the right reasons...

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The Norwegian Church Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay celebrated its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with friends from Hordaland in Norway on Sunday 30 November.

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HM King Harald V of Norway received the Honorary Freedom of Newcastle upon Tyne when he visited the city on 13 November.

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On two successive evenings each year in June a magnificent pageant of military music, precision drill and colour takes place on Horse Guards Parade in the heart of London when either the Massed Bands of the Household Division or The Massed Bands of the Royal Marines carry out the Ceremony of Beating Retreat. This year, HM The King’s Guard’s of Norway will also take part.

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The 62nd Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square was lit on Thursday 4 December during a ceremony watched by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, and thousands of spectators.

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Newcastle’s friendship with the Norway’s second city Bergen was yet again illuminated when the annual Christmas three, given by Bergen to Newcastle, was lit during a ceremony on Thursday 27 November.

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Nils Olav, Edinburgh Zoo’s famous king penguin, will be visited by the Norwegian King’s Guard on Friday 15 August.

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