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Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Queen Sonja mark the completion of royal sculpture park

Photo: Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, marked this Tuesday, the arrival of the last new sculptures in Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park in the Palace Park by the Royal Palace in Oslo. The Princess was accompanied by her grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Sonja. The ceremony also marked the completion of the park.

Her Majesty the Queen and Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra arrived together to the park. They had a short walk from the Royal Palace which lies directly to the west of the park.  Upon the arrival of the royals, a short speech was held on behalf of the bank, DNB who has funded the park.

Then, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra officially opened the park. It was a very special ribbon that the Princess cut to mark the opening of the park. The floral ribbon was made by the royal gardeners and was made of flowers from the palace’s park which has now changed from summer to beautiful autumn colours.

Photo: Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

All the contributors to the Sculpture Park were present during the event. The Queen and Princess then walked through the Sculpture Park and stopped at the three recently installed sculptures where the designers were waiting.

It was quite obvious that the Princess has a close relationship with her grandmother, the Queen as they were seen holding hands. When the event was over and the two wandered back to the Royal Palace, the Princess took the trouble to teach her grandmother a very special handshake.

In June 2019, the last sculptures were put into place, and the Sculpture Park now contains 12 sculptures. The sculptures are the result of drawing competitions among 5th and 6th graders in all of Norway’s counties. Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park is part of the Palace Park and was a gift from the bank DNB on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the King’s reign in 2016. The project took place over several years, and the first two sculptures, designed by children from northern Norway, were unveiled in May 2016.

In February 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the park on their two-day visit to Oslo. From the Palace Square, they continued by foot into the part of the Palace Park that houses Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park, where they were shown around by Princess Ingrid Alexandra herself.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.