- The Royal Palace is the residence of King Harald and Queen Sonja. On top of a small hill, it offers great views of the city center and across to Parliament. Watch the changing of the Royal Guards - or have someone take your picture with a guard while you try to make them smile. (You won't have any luck, I'm afraid). In summer, people hang around in the Palace park, sunbathing and chatting. On May 17th (National day), all the schools parade down Karl Johan street, passing by the palace. The royal family will be waving to the children from the palace balcony for hours. Between mid-June and mid-August, you can tour some of the most beautiful staterooms.
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