Royals hail 'brave' Utoya survivors

The Duchess of Cornwall has praised the bravery of survivors of the Utoya massacre after she and the Prince of Wales met them in Norway.

The royal couple visited Oslo'st Nobel Peace Centre on the first day of their tour of Scandinavia as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

They were introduced to members of Labour youth league the AUF who were on the island of Utoya for a summer camp on July 22 last year when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik launched an attack, shooting dozens of people.

The 33-year-old has confessed to the attacks on Utoya, and a bombing near government offices in Oslo, that left 77 people dead, but denies criminal responsibility.

Camilla said to a group of the survivors: "Have you been back? You've all been back.

"It was very brave of you."

The Duchess was joined by Queen Sonja of Norway for the discussion, while Charles stood at a different table with King Harald.

Camilla, wearing a mauve pinafore dress and mauve hand-embroidered jacket by Anna Valentine, asked the young people how they were coping with the aftermath of the tragedy.

She said: "The most important thing is to be able to talk about it, and talking to each other, between yourselves."

Mari West, 26, an AUF member and international co-ordinator for the Norwegian Labour party, told her: "We've talked to each other and also to professionals."