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Queen Sonja’s Art Stable to host new exhibition on royal cars

Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen, The Royal Court

Queen Sonja’s Art Stable in the Royal Palace of Oslo’s old stable buildings is set to host a new exhibition.

The Art Stables have various exhibitions of art and objects from the Royal Collections. However, Queen Sonja’s Art Stable has been temporarily closed due to the pandemic but will open with a new exhibition on royal cars soon.

The exhibition “The King’s cars. Vehicles through four generations” opens on 11 February. It will highlight the Royal House’s car fleet from 1913 to the present day.

According to the Royal Court, “[The exhibit] is a story about meetings between the King and people. About transport stages that are visible, safe and punctual. It is about key events where the vehicles have been in the centre. It is also a story about technological development, about innovations, electric cars and design.”

They further explained: “The number plate A-1 is inextricably linked to peace, freedom and the King’s return on June 7, 1945. When King Haakon waved to a free people from the back seat in a black Buick, it was the first time the car took the main stage in Norwegian history. When King Haakon first got behind the wheel of his open Minerva, A-2, and drove from Bygdø to Lier on July 4, 1913, major events in the Royal House were still connected with stately horses and carriages, as is still the case in other royal houses.”

Several iconic royal cars will sit in the Art Stable, including the Buick A1 from 1939, the first care for the Royal Family and King Harald’s current automobile.

Tickets for the exhibit can be purchased on Ticketmaster.

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.