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Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway Attends the Seminar, Grafikkens Stilling, at the Nasjonalmuseet.

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway participated in the seminar entitled, Grafikkens Stilling (The Position of Graphics) at the Nasjonalmuseet (National Museum) in Oslo.

This morning’s seminar was held on the occasion of the Queen Sonja Print Award 2022 which took place last evening at the MUNCH in Oslo. The recipient of the Queen Sonja Print Award went to French-Moroccan artist, Ms. Yto Barrada. The QSPA Inspirational Award went to Sámi artist, Ms. Meerke Vekteri. The Honorary QSPA Lifetime Achievement Award went to South African artist, Mr. William Kentridge.

According to the Norwegian royal court, the winners and nominees of the Queen Sonja Print Award attended today’s event.

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian royal court

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Opens the Exhibition, Charity in Practice: The Legacy of Fridtjof Nansen.

On Monday, June 20, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway opened the exhibition entitled, Charity in Practice: The Legacy of Fridtjof Nansen, at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

The late Fridtjof Nansen, was a “…Norwegian scientist, polar explorer, diplomat and the first High Commissioner for Refugees for the League of Nations.” In 1922, Fridtjof Nansen won the Nobel Peace Prize for establishing a “…relief program for millions of Russians affected by the 1921-1922 famine…”

After the opening, Crown Prince Haakon was given a tour of the exhibit by the exhibition director, Ms. Nina Frang Høyum, and Nobel Peace Center Director, Ms. Kjersti Fløgstad. 

The Charity in Practice: The Legacy of Fridtjof Nansen exhibition contains original documents and photos, including Nansen’s own. The late Fridtjof Nansen was one of the first to use photographs to create sympathy and to raise money for individuals in need.

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian royal court

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway Receives Denmark’s Oldest Orders

On June 17, 2022, in a private ceremony at the Royal Palace in Oslo, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark presented the Order of the Elephant to Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway. The Crown Prince presented the Order on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark on the occasion of Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th birthday.

Originating in the 15th century, the Order of the Elephant is the oldest and noblest Danish Order of Knights traditionally presented to royalty and Heads of State; moreover, the Order of the Elephant is only “on loan” to the recipient. Once an Elephant Knight passes away the Order must be returned to the Chapter of the Order; thus most of the Elephants have been in use several times.

The concrete Elephant has undergone a minor restoration for the occasion, where it has, among other things, been affixed to the Queen’s monogram, as an Elephant always wears the sitting monarch’s monogram when awarded.

Photos courtesy of the Danish royal court.

TMs King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway Give Speeches During the Gala Dinner in Honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway.

On the evening of June 17, 2022, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway hosted a gala dinner in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s 18th birthday.

During the gala, Their Majesties gave their speeches. First, His Majesty The King’s speech:

Speech given by His Majesty The King to Princess Ingrid Alexandra during the gala dinner at the Royal Palace in celebration of her 18th birthday, 17 June 2022.

Your Majesties
Your Royal Highnesses
President of the Storting
Prime Minister
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Dear guests,

My dear Ingrid,
Congratulations to you on your 18th birthday – albeit a little after the fact.

We are very happy to be able to share this day with family and friends, and with representatives from all of Norway.   

I think it is quite fortunate that we have been able to celebrate your special day on two separate occasions. It has given us an opportunity to reflect on all that happened in connection with your actual coming of age, back in January.

You joined me in the Council of State for the first time – thankfully without a veto, since one never knows what a young woman with strong views like you might stir up!

It was both convivial and a bit crowded at the head of the table inside the Council Chamber when you and your father took your seats to my left and right.

That Friday in January, I could truly feel the strength and assurance that comes from knowing new generations are waiting in the wings. Nevertheless, you’ll likely have to put up with me a while longer!

And I hope I can continue to be of help, my dear Ingrid if there are things you wonder about.

You represent the fifth generation of what, for a long time now, has been referred to as a rather young monarchy – which came to Norway in 1905, and in truth is not so young anymore.

We are the stewards of traditions and values, even as we are formed by the times in which we live. The tone of the monarchy at any given time is set by whomever is King – or Queen.

Each of us probably feels to some degree that our predecessor is a hard act to follow. But we have no other choice than to do what feels right to us. To find our own inner role model, as it were.

I have told you this many times before, Ingrid, but a grandfather is allowed to repeat his most important piece of advice over and over: Be yourself. And trust that that will be enough – always.

When your turn comes, I hope you will have the same experience that I have been lucky enough to have throughout my life and calling: that there are many people ready to help and support you. Our institutions, official agencies and organizations have been here for a long time. Together with people from across the country, they will help to give you strength and will be of great support.

But all in due time, and not for a good while yet.  

I am glad it has been possible for you to grow and develop in freedom and security – to be young, with everything that belongs to that phase of life. And since the mission you have been given will last a lifetime, it is important that you take plenty of time for schooling and education. You can still devote many years to this. And don’t forget to play! I myself am quite experienced at that. As you know, the sea is where I play most and best. And happily, you like being out there, too.

In my speech for your confirmation, I said that you were becoming an adult at a time when building bridges between people – and saving the planet – will be the top priorities. Recent years have also shown us that truths we believed were unshakeable can be undermined with little warning. The pandemic and the outbreak of war in Europe have forced us to acknowledge our vulnerability, both as individuals and as a world community. Our democratic values ​​must be defended – again and again.  

Your great-great-grandfather, King Haakon, adopted the motto We give our all for Norway. We are repeatedly being challenged to rethink the significance of this phrase – what it means in practice. This does not just apply to us as members of the Royal Family, but to everyone who lives in this country.

Fortunately, there are many of us who share this challenge.

My dear Ingrid,
Thank you for allowing us to follow along as you grow and mature. I love you very much and wish you all the best on your journey ahead. Happy Birthday.

I would ask you all to please join me in a toast to Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway’s speech:

“Your Majesties
Your Royal Highnesses
President of the Storting
Prime Minister
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Dear guests,

Welcome to the Royal Palace and to this celebration for our wonderful 18-year-old, Princess Ingrid Alexandra. The King and I are pleased to have this opportunity to gather family and friends from Norway and abroad, and guests from all across this country. Together you represent our country, our family ties and the life of our dear princess, who will someday be Queen.

We are especially grateful to all of you – family and friends – who have travelled from all over Europe to share this celebration with us.

Finally, the time has come to celebrate this young woman.

Dear Ingrid, during your 18 years you have shown what you are made of – and displayed many talents:

You love water sports. You are a good skier. You are also fond of school, and enjoy being with friends and family. You are bold – unafraid to jump by parachute or to state your opinion. That latter quality will come in especially handy, I promise you!

You are wise, warm and knowledgeable. And you care deeply – as I said in your confirmation speech – for people, animals and nature.

I wonder what your future will hold?

Fate has given you an extraordinary task, dear Ingrid. But en route to the future you must seize the opportunities that arise with both hands – and build your own solid platform. All the impressions, learning and experience you can absorb will be useful to you later in life.

Right now you are in the midst of the most explosive time of youth, a season of burgeoning promise. Soon you will be starting your final year of school and can look forward to graduation-time festivities.

Yours is a life of great contrasts!

Today – as we celebrate your 18th birthday – you are surrounded by people who love you and wish you well. And you should know that you can always come to all of us around you to seek advice and support.

My mother always said: It’s not what happens to you that matters, but how you react to it! That has helped me greatly in life. And I would like to pass those words on to you today.

Hold on to who you are, Ingrid. Dare to think along new lines and without constraint – to do things your own way. And remember, being perfect is not an end in itself. You have everything you need to make wise choices and create a life that will be rewarding for you, for your loved ones, and for those for whom you one day will be Queen.

I hope you will always have a space of your own where you feel entirely free, where you will find replenishment, rest and inspiration – as I have found throughout my life, both in nature, especially in the mountains, and in art. Everyone needs a space like that. 

Thank you for everything we have shared together until now. I look forward to following along as you make your way further in life.

I would like to wish everyone a memorable evening.

I invite you now to join me in a toast to Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

Happy birthday – and welcome to all!

In the photo above, front row: (L-R) His Majesty King Harald V of Norway, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway.

Second row (L-R): Ms. Marit Tjessem, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, and Mr. Marius Borg Høiby.

HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway Wears the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav in New Photos Released!

On the morning of Friday, June 17, 2022, the Norwegian royal court released new photographs of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway in celebration of her 18th birthday. The photographs were taken in the Upper Vestibule at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway is wearing the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav and His Majesty King Harald V’s House Order (portrait brooch), which were conferred on her by His Majesty The King on her 18th birthday on January 21, 2022.

This is the first time Princess Ingrid Alexandra is wearing the decorations. She is also wearing miniatures of the Order of St. Olav, the Royal House of Norway Centenary Medal, and His Majesty King Harald V’s Jubilee Medal 1991 – 2016.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra is also wearing a diamond and pearl tiara that has been passed down from Her Royal Highness Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, who was the grandmother of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and the great-great-Grandmother of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingeborg of Sweden received the diamond and pearl tiara as a gift from her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Carl of Sweden, more than 120 years ago. “It means a great deal to me that the tiara has now been given to Princess Ingrid Alexandra,” said Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner.

“It is a beautiful tiara made of interlocking diamond circles set in platinum. The button-style diamond and pearl elements are later additions. Grandfather purchased the tiara for Grandmother when they were attending the Paris Exposition in 1900,” Princess Astrid explained. Princess Ingeborg’s husband, Prince Carl, was aware that his wife had several tiaras that were heavy to wear.

At the Paris Exposition, the Prince saw the tiara on display by the jeweler, Boucheron, and purchased it. “Grandfather bought this for my grandmother because it was lighter to wear on important occasions,” says Princess Astrid.

When Princess Ingeborg died, Her Highness Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen inherited the tiara. Princess Ragnhild’s children gave the tiara to Princess Ingrid Alexandra as their gift on her 18th birthday. “Princess Ragnhild wanted Ingrid Alexandra to have Grandmother’s tiara,” said Princess Astrid.

Princess Ingeborg, the great-great-grandmother of Princess Ingrid Alexandra, often let her three daughters borrow her jewelry. In photographs from Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha’s extensive tour in 1939, Crown Princess Märtha can be seen wearing her mother’s tiara at a gala dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. “Grandmother let Mother borrow her tiara when Mother and Father travelled to the USA,” said Princess Astrid.

This evening at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway will wear the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav, His Majesty King Harald V’s House Order, and Princess Ingeborg’s diamond and pearl tiara for the first time at a gala dinner held in her honor and hosted by Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway.

Dozens of foreign royals will attend this evening’s gala dinner including:

  • Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of the Belgians, Duchess of Brabant
  • Their Majesties King Wille-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Oranje
  • Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
  • Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Maria – Olympia of Greece
  • His Royal Highness Prince Constantine – Alexios of Greece
  • His Royal Highness Prince Aristidis – Stavros of Greece
  • Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg
  • His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Luxembourg
  • Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle of Sweden
  • His Royal Highness Prince Oscar of Sweden
  • His Highness Prince Kyril of Bulgaria
  • Her Highness Princess Mafalda-Cecilia Preslavska
  • Her Highness Princess Olia Preslavska
  • His Highness Prince Tassilo

If you’re interested in watching tonight’s gala dinner and grand ball the Norwegian television network, NRK, will air the royals entering the gala event and perhaps some segments thereafter live online at the link below. However, I must inform you that there will be no subtitles.

NRK’s Coverage of Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s Gala Dinner and Grand Ball

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian Royal Court/Ida Bjørvik

(VIDEOS) The Norwegian Government Hosts a Gala Dinner in Celebration of HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s Official Day.

On the evening of Thursday, June 16, 2022, the Norwegian government hosted a gala dinner in celebration of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s official day at the Deichman Hovedbibliotek Bjørvika in Oslo. The gala dinner was due to be held on January 21, 2022, but due to the pandemic, the event was canceled.

According to a press release, over 200 guests attended this evening’s celebrations including members of the Norwegian government and Supreme Court as well as “…Young representatives of sports, cultural life, community life, politics and organizational life from all over the country were invited to the gala dinner.”

Naturally, members of the Norwegian royal family were in attendance including Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, Her Highness Princess Martha Louise of Norway accompanied by her fiancé, Shaman Durek, Her Highness Princess Astrid of Norway, and though not an official royal, Mr. Marius Borg Høiby (step-brother of Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus).

During this evening’s celebrations, Princess Ingrid Alexandra — who will become Norway’s first female monarch when she ascends to the throne — gave a wonderful speech. Here is what she had to say:

President of the Storting
Prime Minister
Justitiarius
Dear all,

I would like to start by saying thank you for this wonderful celebration. Being received by the Torshov Corps and the girls’ choir was so nice, and you were incredibly good. It was really magical to listen to Delara and Ina Svenningdal downstairs.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make this evening an experience both for me and everyone who is here today. I would also like to thank all the guests who have traveled from all over the country. The experience becomes even more valuable when I have so many to share it with.

I’m very grateful to have us here at Deichman tonight. Here people come in day in and day out to borrow books, work with school, and be social. I myself have been here several times and it has become such a nice place.

I would very much like to say thank you for last. Both to you Prime Minister, to the President of the Storting and to the Attorney General. You received me so well when I visited the three powers in connection with my day of authority. It was an educational day, and I got to meet many nice and nice people.

The visits were really a reminder of how lucky we are here in Norway. A reminder of our democracy and the secure governance system we have. What we Norwegians have built up over a long period of time, and which we continue to develop, and protect, every day.

I feel very lucky to have grown up in a country where we trust each other, and where we together try to find good solutions. Solutions that allow as many people as possible to have the best possible. This is a principle that it is important that we in Norway uphold.

Trust is not created by individuals, politicians or institutions alone. It is created by all of us – together. I am glad to share that with all of you who are here today, and all who live in our country.

Again, I want to say thank you so much for the gift. I wish everyone a continued good evening. At least I’m looking forward to it.

Thank you very much.”

Please click here and here to watch video clips from this evening’s gala dinner.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Presides Over Hans Majestet Kongens Garde in Oslo.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway presided over the inspection of Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (His Majesty The King’s Guard) held at Huseby Leir in Oslo.

During today’s event, Crown Prince Haakon presented medals to two outstanding guards. The King’s Watch medal was awarded to Private Vegard Trætteberg from the 4th Guard Company.

The Guard of Honor medal, for Best Officer, went to Ensign Casper Calmeyer from the 5th Guard Company.

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian royal court/S.Løvberg Sund