According to the City of Oslo, a record number of schools participate in the Oslo children’s parade in honour of Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17th this year, with children and youth from 121 schools marching through the city carrying banners and flags.

In keeping with tradition, schools celebrating major anniversaries head the parade. This year Kjelsås school, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, had the honour of marching at the front. The school was followed directly by Klemetsrud school (150 years) and Sørkedalen school (175 years).

It was King Haakon and Queen Maud who introduced the custom of greeting the children’s parade from the Palace Balcony in 1906. The custom has been upheld ever since. The only exceptions were in 1910, when the Royal Family was in England for the funeral of Queen Maud’s father, King Edward VII, and during World War II from 1940 to 1944.