hs Norway’s King Harald was awarded the Honorary Freedom of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK when he visited the city on Thursday.  King Harald received the honour from the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor David Wood at a ceremony at the Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall on Thursday, 13th November 2008. The city’s highest award has been given to His Majesty to mark the 40th anniversary of the official opening of Newcastle Civic Centre which was carried out by his father, King Olav V, on the 14 November 1968.  This honorary title which was also given to King Olav also marks the historic, cultural and economic links Newcastle enjoys with the people of Norway. During Thursday’s ceremony His Majesty was invited to sign the honours register which dates back to the 1800s.
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