Yesterday, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended the official opening of an exhibition about King Haakon IV’s reign in Norway. The exhibit opened at the Castle Mountain Museum in Tønsberg, a city located a little south of the capital Oslo.
The exhibition is dedicated to the reign of King Haakon IV of Norway who ruled Norway between 1217 and 1263. The exhibit is open as a part of the jubilee this year to mark 800 years since King Haakon IV became King of Norway.
The exhibition opened in the afternoon at one o’clock, and many had met up to see the royals. Outside the museum and after the opening, there were activities for the children who had gathered, and after the royals had left the museum, the exhibit became available to everyone else.
King Haakon IV is known as Norway’s most powerful monarch that has ever ruled the country. Among other things, he built the castle at Slottsfjellet in Tønsberg, translated European literature to the Norwegian language, had contacts and diplomacy with both European and non-European countries, and finally, ended the extensive Norwegian Civil War. During Haakon IV’s reign, both Iceland and Greenland came under the Norwegian crown, in what was called the Norwegian Empire.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said in his speech, “First, I have to say that it is incredibly nice to be here in Tønsberg again! I have very many good memories of this place. Throughout my upbringing, this town was ours when we were at the cabin at Tjøme. Today, we are gathering here for a different reason – that is about our old national history. Nevertheless, at the same time, it may be more about the world today than you would think.”
Crown Prince Haakon also stated that he has decided to grow his beard back after removing it during the 80th birthday celebrations of his parents earlier this month.