Last weekend, Ambassador Kamsvåg and Minister-Counsellor Hanne Meldgaard presented the prestigious King’s Order of Merit 'Knight of first class' to Ms. Palchoudhury. At the ceremonial function, Ms. Palchoudhury's closest family members, friends and colleagues were also present.
“I am overwhelmed. The function was very special for me. Even my 90-year-old mother was present!” she said. “The guests were very happy, and they got to learn so much about Norway, such as about cultural affairs and the tourism business”. Ms. Palchoudhury described the experience of receiving the honour as a “great feeling of gratitude and fulfillment”. The awarding of the Order of Merit to Ms. Palchoudhury was initially announced last year, when she met Norway’s King and Queen at the Royal Palace in Oslo.
Ms. Palchoudhury received this honour for her long-time engagement and work to strengthen the relationship between Norway and India. She has been Norway’s Consul in Kolkata since 2009, working with cultural, academic and consular affairs, as well as with shipping and business ties. She has also been keeping Innovation Norway posted on current affairs in Kolkata and the region.
The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit was founded by King Olav V in 1985. It is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals as a reward for their outstanding service in the interest of Norway.