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Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Queen Sonja unveiled new statues in Palace Park in Oslo

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, unveiled this Friday four 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 sculptures that Princess Ingrid Alexandra unveiled were the winners of a contest among schoolchildren from Oslo, Akershus, Østfold, Vestfold, Buskerud and Telemark.

The Princess was accompanied by her mother and grandmother. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

The Queen held a short speech. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Her Majesty gave a short speech before Princess Ingrid Alexandra unveiled the new statues. The four new statues were:

  • “Instrument”. Designed by Norah Hansen, who is in grade 5 at Kringler-Slattum School, Åsgrenda in Nannestad municipality, Akershus.
  • “My Courage”. Designed by Christian in 5th grade at Moss International School, Østfold.
  • “The Hand of the Earth”. Designed by Helene Brudevoll in 6th grade from Botne School, Gullhaug in Holmestrand municipality, Vestfold.
  • “The Great Worm”. Designed by Nicklas, Oliver, Julian and Kristoffer in 5th grade at Eikeli School, Hosle in Bærum Municipality, Akershus.

The Princess at one of the statues. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra is always in a good mood when she represents the Norwegian Royal Family. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park is part of the Palace Park and is a gift from the bank DNB on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the King’s reign in 2016. The project will take place over several years, and it will eventually include a total of ten sculptures. The first two sculptures, designed by children from northern Norway, were unveiled in May 2016.

During the opening of the park in 2016, His Majesty King Harald gave the opening speech. In his speech, His Majesty said: “This day we have looked forward to. For many years we have wanted a sculpture park, especially for children. And finally, it is ready, now with three sculptures. Two of them are brand new, the third has been on Akershus Fortress. Eventually, there will be more.”

Royals under the rainbow, one of the statues in the park. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

In February this year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the park on their two-day long 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 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.