Crown Princess Mette-Marit greeted the guests saying:
"Something all of us here gathered have in common is our love of literature and I hope this evening can be about just that: sharing our experiences and talking about what reading has given us.
For me it is important to use my own literary interest to spread the joy of reading."
Those gathered also discussed their favourite book and what it had given them in their life.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit looked lovely in an almost festive red dress perfect for the season and making a change from the darker and more neutral colours more often worn at this time of year.