For three hours, and eight abreast, the schoolchildren of Norway filed up the Carl Johan, Calo's main street, and past the Royal Palace, today to celebrate Norway's Independence Day.
G.V.Pan. From a long line of schoolchildren pan to Royal Palace.
S.T.V. Children waving flags.
S.V. Children carrying Norwegian flags.
S.V.Pan A young child carrying a doll.
S.V.Pan up Masses of young children marching to the palace.
G.V. The Royal Palace.
S.V. Children waving to the Royal Family.
S.V. King Olaf acknowledging the children cheers.
S.V. Children parading post with National flags.
L.V. The Royal Palace.
S.V.Pan Crown Princess Astrid, Crown Prince Harold and Princess Ragchild-Mrs. Lorensen.
S.V.Pan Children marching past.
S.C.U. King Olaf.
G.V. Children in wheel-chairs waving to the Royal Family.
S.V.Pan Children marching past and dipping their flags in salute to the king.
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Background: For three hours, and eight abreast, the schoolchildren of Norway filed up the Carl Johan, Calo's main street, and past the Royal Palace, today to celebrate Norway's Independence Day. For the first time since his accession, the parade was 'taken' by King Olav 5th, who is seen on our film in company with Crown Princess Astrid, Crown Prince Herald, Princess Ragchild Mrs Lorentzon, and her son Prince Hakon.
The first independent Norwegian Parliament met at Eidsvold in 1814, and dissolved Norways constitutional alliance with Denmark. For the first time for 500 years Norway was a constitutional on its own, and declared a 'fundamental law', t equivalent of a Magna Carta. May 17th, the date of the dissolution, has been celebrated over since as Norway's Independence Day, and the parade of schoolchildren on that day has become traditional. This year 50,000 took part.