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Old 01-12-2005, 07:20 AM
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A presentation of Queen Sonja and her accomplishments etc.

H.M. Queen Sonja

When Crown Prince Harald took over the distinction of King after his father’s, King Olav Vs passing January 17th 1991, Norway got her first Queen in 53 years.

Sonja Haraldsen was made Crown Princess Sonja with her marriage to Crown Prince Harald August 29th 1968. The engagement started a wide debate about the kingdom’s future in Norway. But the opposition for that the Norwegian heir chose a partner without a royal family was less that feared. Crown Princess Sonjawas from the start accepted by all of the people as a member of the very popular Norwegian royal family.

Practical education

Queen Sonja is the daughter of Dagny and Karl Haraldsen. She was born July 4th 1937. She grew up at Vindern in Oslo. She took her high school exam in 1954 and had her education as a dress seamstress at Oslo technical college. She took a diploma at l’Ecole Professionelle des jeunes Filles in Lausanne, Switzerland, where her lessons included civics, accounting and fashion design. Later she took her G.C.E (S.A.T) as a private candidate, and took her BA at the University of Oslo with the subjects French, English and Art History.

Official assignments

As Crown Princess she did a lot of official assignemnts, sometimes teaming up with her father-in-law, King Olav, sometimes with her husband and sometimes alone. They helped the industry and commerce by opening doors for Norwegian export industry.

Vivid engagement

The Queen have been doing extensive travelling both in Norway and abroad, and is the protector of several organisations. In 1972 Crown Princess Sonja was engaged in the start of a fund in her daughter’s name. “H.R.H Princess Märtha Louises Fund”, helping disabled Norwegian children. She is engaged in the condtions of refugees and immigrants, and visits the disadvantaged and social institutions for elders, children and mentally disabled.

In the 1970’s she was participating actively in larg fundrasers to help international refugees. She travelled in connection with this into the field, and visited Vietnamese boatrefugees in Malaya. For this effort she got the Nansen-medallion in 1982 from the UN high commissioner for refugees. With the medallion there was the Nansen-prize of $50000. She gave all the prize-money to the building of schools for refugees in Tanzania.

From 1987 to 1990 she was the vice-president of the Norwegian Red Cross. As responsible for the organizations international work, she went in 1989 with a Red-Cross delegation to Zimbabwe and Botswana. The intention with the journey was to study the work of certain rehabilitationcentres for disabled, project that gets financial aid from Norway.

Taking oath and benediction

January 21st 1991 King Harald gave his oath to the constitution. Queen Sonja accompanied him at this historical event which took place in the Parliament. It was then 69 years since the last time a Queen was present in the Parliament assembly hall. Later the Queen has been present during the solemn opening of the Parliament.

June 23rd 1991 was King Harald at his own wish benedicted in Nidarosdomen. Queen Sonja also recieved the churchs benediction. Later the same year the King and Queen made a 10 day benedictionjourney in the southern part of Norway. The next year they finished the benedictionjourney with a 22 journey in the northernmost counties of Norway.

As King and Queen Harald and Sonja have completed a lot of representation-assignment in Norway and abroad.

Winter Olympics 1994

Among the causes that interested the Queen in the beginning of the 1990’s was the planning of the cultural activities in connection with the winter olympics in Lillehammer in 1994. This assignment was given to her being the honorary member of the Olympic Games commitee’s cultural commitee. The Queen was an interested spectator during the proceding of several Olympic arrangements.

Thorough preparations

The position as the countrys Queen involve assignments such as travels, speeches, official visits, being hostess at the Palace. These assignments demand thorough preparations.

Queen Sonja have many private interests that she combines naturally to the assignments as Norways First Lady. Among others she has shown big interest in pictorial arts and interior decoration. Each year the Queen take long trips on ski or by foot in the Norwegian mountains. The Queen is a certified sking instructor. The King and Queen resides at the Palace in Oslo.

Two children

The King and Queen have two children, Princess Märtha Louise (born September 27th 1971) and Crown Prince Haakon (borne July 23rd 1973).

I found this presentation on the parliamentary web-pages (www.odin.dep.no)

I’ve translated it myself, therefore it’s not perfect!! I found that it wasn’t totally updated, so I updated the translation to match the present. (I.e it still said that the King and Queen lived at Skaugum, which they don’t). Hope you find it interesting








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Old 01-14-2005, 05:59 PM
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Dont know where to put this. For those who are registered to NRK.no you can wach the year with the royal family:

Some of what you get to see

King and Queen on Statevisit
King Sailing and aboard the royal Yacht
The King reciving a new ambassadour
Haakon in Cambodja
MM working on menthal health projects
Gala dinner for the Diplomatic Corps, Queen Sonja wearing a screaming yellow dress and Märtha what looks like a blue and white bed spread
At the very end there are video of the (secret) Gala dinner for the bishops. Sonja and MM both look great and you get to hear the bishops sing a very beautiful song during the dinner

To register at Nrk.no is free and not very difficult to understand even if you dont understand norwegian. You need a valid e-mail address because I think you get a code you have to put the first time you use it
(Brukernavn=username)
(Passord=Pasword)

To se the program go to Nett-TV---->Nyheter--->Kongehuset---->året med kongefamilien. Once you are registered you can also wach many of the other royal programs stored in the royal archive, christening (dåp) of Ingrid and Maud, Wedding in Denmark and Spain, some small documentary, lots of waiting for MM to give birth and more....
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Old 01-17-2005, 01:07 PM
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Just wondering if you have noticed that some of the presentations of the Royal houses at Hellomagazine.com is not very updated and sometimes also wrong? I have a look at Hellomagazine.com every day to get some royal news (and yes I know it isn't the most reliable source of information!) and also use the presentations of the different houses to learn more about the background and history. And it shouldn't be too complicated to get them right. It's rather annoying, because it spreads wrongful information. Here are some examples from the House of Norway link;

King Harald and Queen Sonja's children, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Martha Louise, have proved extremely popular members of the next generation of young, modern European royals. Crown Prince Haakon's courtship of Mette-Marit was initially a subject of controversy due to her past and status as a single mother. She soon won the public around, however, and their 2001 nuptials were greeted with widespread celebration. In 2002 Princess Martha Louise married writer Ari Behn, in a romantic Trondheim ceremony and gave birth in 2003 to baby daughter Maud.

What about Princess Ingrid Alexandra!! Quit a few things have happened since 2003. She is present in the family tree link, but not in the initial presentation.

Apart from a brief period during the German occupation in the early 1940s, the palace remained the primary residence of the royal family until 1991 when the current king, Harald V, moved his family to the nearby estate of Skaugum, just outside Oslo. The Royal Palace is currently undergoing major renovations, after which it will resume its role as a royal residence.


This is totally wrong!! Fact is that Skaugum is the crown princely home in which CP Harald and CP Sonja lived in until 1991, when they became King and Queen, then they moved to the Palace. King Olav had lived alone at the palace. The palace was renovated some years back, but have been finished for a long time (and I think they lived in the guests rooms while the palace undervent renovation).

Have any of you noticed such mistakes in other royal houses?
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Old 01-21-2005, 02:59 PM
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Like a poodle!

I just found this horrible pic of Queen Sonja in the 80's, she looks like a poodle, doesn't she? Nothin ill meant to this otherwise fantastic Queen, it was the fashion of that time I suppose - but I guess it's nothing she looks back at with aw these days... :)

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Old 02-02-2005, 06:29 PM
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Can someone tell me how old the king and queen are?
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Can someone tell me how old the king and queen are?
The King was born on 21 February 1937 and the Queen on July 4 1937. Thus, they are both 67 years old. The King is going to turn 68 this month.
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Thanks lots everybody for these beautiful pics.
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The Norwegian Royals will have a busy year this year.But happy for their country celebration.
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Old 02-16-2005, 03:00 AM
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are any new state visits planned?
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Old 02-16-2005, 09:02 AM
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The King and Queen will make an official state visit to the United States in the end of February/the beginning of March. It's one of the events marking the 1905-2005 anniversary.
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Old 02-16-2005, 09:18 AM
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i did not think it was a state visit just a official visit
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Ah, you're right, Josefine. Official visit. EDIT: I just read article in Dagbladet where the Palace's PR manager called it an official state visit...


They're scheduled to have lunch with President Bush and his wife in the White House on March 7th.
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Recently, there were some pictures posted of Queen Sonja being cut with shards of glass as she baptized a ship, but I can't remember where I saw them. I was wondering if anyone on this board has those pictures and, if they do, could they please post them? Thank you so much in advance.
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Recently, there were some pictures posted of Queen Sonja being cut with shards of glass as she baptized a ship, but I can't remember where I saw them. I was wondering if anyone on this board has those pictures and, if they do, could they please post them? Thank you so much in advance.
The pictures in question were posted in the this thread http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ship#post14197
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Thank you. Now, do you mind if I post the pictures on the Crown Princess Mary Board? I can put them in my photobucket too, to make it easier and not steal your bandwidth. Thanks again.
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Thank you. Now, do you mind if I post the pictures on the Crown Princess Mary Board? I can put them in my photobucket too, to make it easier and not steal your bandwidth. Thanks again.
You're welcome. I don't mind if you copy the pictures to your photobucket account. Enjoy!
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The art of being Sonja.

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26.02.2005, 10:47

NEW YORK (Dagbladet): Dronning Sonja tok seg tid til selv å vise Dagbladet rundt i utstillingslokalene til Scandinavia House i New York i går.

NEW YORK: Queen Sonja took the time to show Dagbladet around in the gallery of Scandinavia House in New York yesterday.

On Monday the Queen will open the unique exhibit in Manhattan. Paintings from her own private collection of art will for the first time be shown for the public overseas. Only once before have these paintings been shown publicly in Norway. At the same time the Queen is also making her debut as an artist. Her own photographs, taken on trips in the mountains of Sunnmøre, is being shown.

IN SPITE OF the last hectic work, it is a brilliant beaming queen being met by Dagbladet.

"Clearly I'm excited. You would probably be so, too, if your pictures were being exhibited," Queen Sonja says.

19 photographs adorn one of the exhibit-walls in the gallery of Scandinavia House. Together with the Queen's pictures, work of the artist Ørnulf Opdahl is also exhibited.

"It is an honour to be able to exhibit with the Queen. But it is even more fun to be on a trip with her. She's a real mountain goat. You need to be in good shape to keep up with her on the mountain, you know," Ørnulf Opdahl says to Dagbladet.

THE EXHIBIT is divided in two. While the Queen's photographs and Ørnulf Opdahl's pictures hangs on a floor of their own, Scandinavia House have cleared space on another floor for the Queen's unique art collection.

"These are paintings I have collected myself. Art that is hanging on the walls of the Palace in everyday life. The paintings that accompany us to New York, I have picked out myself."

"All the paintings mean something special to me. I can't point out just one favourite," the queen says.

THE THEME FOR THE EXHIBIT is nature. Norwegian nature. The queen naturally hopes that the exhibits will generate interest for Norway in the United States.

There is no doubt that the painting "Stone and Moss" by Jakob Weidemann means something special for the queen.

"It was the first large picture I bought, in 1961, actually. For years it hung over my bed. I remember that my mother was afraid that it would fall down and hurt me," the Queen tells Dagbladet.

"It's going to be very personal to show paintings from my own private collection. And the photographs I have taken myself doesn't make it less personal," Queen Sonja says to Dagbladet.
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http://www.dagbladet.no/kultur/2005/02/26/424564.html Article in Norwegian, plus some of the pictures.
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Here is the thread where you will find the pictures and articles about King Harald and Queen Sonja's trip to the United Nations and the United States. Enjoy posting!
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Will Their Majesties have any visits for the next time?I mean before June.
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