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Norwegian royals explore historic Greece


June 9, 2004
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King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway have embarked on a four-day official visit to Greece as the country prepares for this August's 2004 Summer Olympics.

Welcoming ceremonies with Greek president Costis Stephanopoulos at the presidential mansion in Athens on Tuesday were followed by opportunities to explore some of the region's most famous attractions.

Queen Sonja seems to making the most of the royal couple's first-ever state visit to Greece, taking in such historic sights as the Parthenon, a masterpiece of Greek architecture dating back to 447 BC.

Meanwhile, Hollywood star Sean Connery was busy checking out a spot that may soon make history, as it hosts some of the world's top athletes. The 007 legend toured the Athens Olympic Stadium. The showpiece building, topped by an ultra-modern steel and glass roof, was set to be tested by the crème-de-la-crème of Greek sportsmen and women on Thursday in a three-day trial of the facility.

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Queen Sonja (left) learns more about the Parthenon during a tour of the Acropolis
Photo: PA
Meanwhile former Bond star Sean Connery was busy checking out the new Olympic stadium

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