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Queen Sonja to unveil new royal exhibition

Queen Sonja

Queen Sonja of Norway is set to open a new exhibition at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

The new exhibit, “The Palace’s Crafts – Created over 200 years in the Queen Sonja Art Stable,” will be displayed in the Queen’s Art Stable and will be open from Sunday, 29 January.

It will display some of Norway’s most beautiful crafts and pay tribute to traditional craftsmanship passed down through generations and the individuals who continue to preserve them today.

Queen Sonja will open the new exhibition, which contains nearly 100 objects that will be shown to the public for the first time, on Saturday, 28 January.

The Royal Court said about the new display: “The exhibition presents 26 different crafts through unique objects from the royal collections. In addition, the Storting [Norwegian Parliament] has generously lent the Throne – a great example of what the gilding and woodcarving profession can produce.

“As part of the exhibition, a coronation cloak worn by Queen Maud during her coronation in 1906 will also be on display, as it was made by prominent drapers in the 19th century.”

A historic freight wagon, an outfit re-sewn by Queen Sonja and her own works from her studies in dress and costume sewing will all be available for viewing as well. Additionally, Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Telemark bunad, silver and blacksmith work, pioneering glassblowing art from Hadeland, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s commitment to weaving and vintage design will be showcased.

The exhibition also contains “an extensive catalogue and a rich dissemination programme,” which includes workshops on themes like table setting, sewing, gilding, and special lectures.

Those who wish to visit the new exhibit can do so between 29 January and 17 September.

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.