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DECORAH, Iowa - The king and queen of Norway hope to visit Luther College.

King Harald V and Queen Sonja plan to be on campus Oct. 13 for the college's sesquicentennial. The college will receive final confirmation in May when the Royal Palace in Oslo makes a formal announcement of the royal couple's visit to the Midwest.

Luther officials said planning is under way for the king and queen's stay in Decorah, but a stop at Vesterheim Museum will be included.

King Harald, 74, assumed the throne Jan. 17, 1991, after the death of his father, King Olav V.

The visit would represent a continuation of a long connection between Luther and Norwegian royalty. Harald's first trip to Decorah was in October 1965 as crown prince, and the college presented

him with an honorary degree.

After becoming king, Harald and Sonja returned to Luther in October 1995. Their son, Crown Prince Haakon, traveled to Decorah and toured Luther in June 1999 after finishing his degree at the University of California-Berkeley.

Norway's Crown Prince Olav and Princess Martha stayed in Decorah for two days in May 1939, and Luther presented the prince with an honorary degree. After becoming king, Olav was on campus three other times.

Olav toured Luther and Vesterheim in May 1968 and returned to campus in October 1975 to lay the cornerstone for the Center for Faith and Life and to help dedicate the newly restored museum.

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