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King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon visit Armed Forces Museum

Photo: Simen Løvberg Sund, The Royal Court

King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon have visited Akershus Fortress in Oslo to tour a new exhibition marking 30 years since King Harald became King of Norway at the Armed Forces Museum.

King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon were welcomed to the Armed Forces Museum by Norway’s Chief of Defence, Eirik Kristoffersen, Commander Arne Opperud at Akershus Fortress and Museum Director Erling Kjærnes. Associate Professor Knut Arstad briefed the royals on the exhibition and guided their tour.

His Majesty often visits the museum in different settings. In addition, the King, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, also participates annually in lectures and dinners under the auspices of the military at Akershus Fortress.

The Armed Forces Museum provides great insight into the history of the royal family and the military in Norway and how they are so close together. They also have a popular Facebook page that regularly publishes both known and unknown photos of the royals in various military settings.

The exhibition “King Harald V – his legacy and deed” is built around several themes, including the King’s relations with several other European royal houses. This includes the legacy of King Haakon VII and Queen Maud, who came to Norway in 1905. The last part of the exhibition deals with the King’s life from 1991 (when he ascended the throne) until today; it contains three themes: Head of State, King of the People and Commander-in-Chief.

Norway’s Armed Forces Museum is a Norwegian museum of military history and the main museum for the Armed Forces. It has been housed in an old arsenal building at Akershus Fortress in Oslo since 1860. The museum was established in 1946 when the Artillery Museum and the Intendant Museum merged.

Initially, the museum was not open to the public and only allowed military personnel to visit. However, King Olav V opened it to the public in 1978.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.