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Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway Opens Her Own Sculpture Park

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway opened up her very own Sculpture Park in the gardens of Oslo’s Royal Palace, appropriately named the Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park. The Sculpture Park focuses on children and was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of King Harald’s reign. Children made the designs of the sculptures and they are supposed to be played with. Princess Ingrid Alexandra was accompanied by her grandparents, King Harald V and Queen Sonja, her parents, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, her brother, Prince Sverre and her great-aunt, Princess Astrid.

Over a thousand guests were invited to the opening of the Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park. Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s grandfather, King Harald, made a speech before she unveiled the first two of the sculptures, “Geometric Fox” and “Rabbit in Trouble”. The opening of the park is the first of many events set to take place in the Royal Palace’s Gardens, temporarily renamed Jubilee Park.

The concept of the park is not new as taken from the sculpture trail at the Akerhus Fortress, which opened in 2013. The Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park will even borrow a sculpture from the trail named, “Pillow Man”, which was given by the children from the Sagdalen School in Oslo. The Sculpture Park itself is a gift from the Sparebankstiftelsen DNB for the King’s jubilee and it will eventually have ten sculptures.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra is the eldest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. She is currently second in line to succeed her grandfather, King Harald V. She has an older half-brother, Marius, from her mother’s previous relationship and a younger brother, Prince Sverre Magnus.  She is expected to become Norway’s second female monarch, after the 15th-century Queen Margaret. As a descendant of Princess Maud of Wales, daughter of King Edward VII, she is also in line for the British throne, though she is still preceded by her brother in the British succession.

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