On Saturday, June 11, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway officially opened the new Nasjonalmuseet (National Museum) in Oslo. Also in attendance were His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.
The new Nasjonalmusseet is the largest art museum in all of the Nordic countries. The museum showcases antique/traditional art, modern art, contemporary art, architecture, and design.
According to a press release the new Nasjonalmuseet is:
“…a place for new ideas, inspiration and compelling cultural experiences. We will make art accessible to everyone and reflect the society and the times we live in.
In the new collection exhibition, older and modern art, architecture, design, arts and crafts, and contemporary art will be presented under one roof and in new settings.
With its new, large exhibition areas, the new Nasjonalmuseet can now showcase more of its collection than ever before, as well as present a rich program of temporary exhibitions with Norwegian and international artists.”
For more information about the new Nasjonalmuseet as well as to purchase tickets please visit the museum’s official website here.
On Friday, March 25, 2022, the Norwegian court announced that Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will not attend the Service of Thanksgiving held in remembrance for the late His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. The memorial will take place at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, March 29.
The reason for the unfortunate cancellation is due to His Majesty King Harald V’s recovery from COVID-19 and that he is “…still on sick leave after being diagnosed with the Corona [virus] earlier this week.”
At this time it is unknown if Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway will represent Their Majesties for the upcoming the Service of Thanksgiving.
On Monday, March 14, 2022, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway welcomed His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to the Kongelige Slott in Oslo. King Abdullah II is on two-day working visit to the beautiful Scandinavian country of Norway.
After the welcoming, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja along with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a luncheon held in His Majesty King Abdullah II’s honor.
According to the Norwegian royal court the two countries of Jordan and Norway:
“…work closely together in many areas. The Russian invasion and war in Ukraine marked the political talks that King Abdullah has had with Norwegian politicians during the visit.
Jordan is an important partner for Norway multilaterally. Jordan’s hospitality to Syrians and other refugees is an important contribution to regional stability. Jordan plays an important role in the work to reach a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre after his meeting with the King of Jordan.
During his stay in Oslo, King Abdullah II participated in a foreign policy meeting arranged by the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Policy (NUPI) and the Institute for Peace Research (PRIO).“
In March 2020, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja made a State Visit to Jordan. The visit was “…the first to the Middle East and marked 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.” In 2000, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania paid a state visit to Oslo. In 2014, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit made an official visit to Jordan.
Photos courtesy of the Norwegian Royal Court/S.Gjeruldsen