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Wet and windy Finnish weather, president greet Nordic dignitaries in Helsinki

Kings, queens and a president of the Nordic countries arrived in Finland, braving high winds and rain as they were greeted by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on Thursday morning. The visit was prompted by Finland's 100th anniversary of independence.

President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio wave from the Presidential Palace balcony along with Nordic royal - and presidential - guests. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

The presidential couple welcomed King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Iceland's president Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson and his wife Eliza Jean Reid.

Kids await the royals. Image: Pertti Nisonen / Helsingin kaupunki

Hundreds of members of the public arrived early to the Market Square at Helsinki harbour to catch a glimpse of the royals, if from afar.

Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

After greeting the crowd from the Presidential Palace balcony, the presidents and royals walked a few blocks to Helsinki City Hall for lunch.

Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

In a bid to secure the area, police shut down several streets in downtown Helsinki.

Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

After spending the afternoon on the Helsinki island of Hanasaari and a visit to the Sibelius monument in the Töölö district, the Nordic dignitaries finished off the day at a dinner banquet at the Presidential Palace in the evening.

Royal banquet Image: Pertti Nisonen / Helsingin kaupunki