In June, the temporary summer exhibition opened at the Royal Palace in Oslo. This is an excellent exhibition that anyone who visits Norway’s capital should see. For those of you who cannot visit Oslo this summer, you can see the presentation here:
Those who enter the palace during the summer months must go via the public entrance, which is at the back of the building. The first thing that meets you here is a great backyard, but you should watch out for the gulls that have made bird nests in the King’s flowerpots.
Pictures are not allowed while touring the palace. Therefore, it is especially lovely to be welcomed by Queen Maud and take a picture with her before the tour begins.
Queen Sonja has been open about her loneliness when she first became a member of a male-dominated Royal Family. In the grand staircase, this is portrayed beautifully through the Queen’s white dresses and a painting that otherwise hangs in the Queen’s audience room.
The balcony of the Royal Palace has always been and remains the most important place where royalty and people meet in Norway. Here, Queen Sonja and Queen Maud also meet.
Afternoon tea has been a big part of the everyday life for both the Norwegian and British royal families. In one of the many lounges of the palace, tea is served for the two queens. The dishes are from Maud’s British home, Appleton House. The photo of Queen Sonja above was taken for the occasion by Royal Central and has not been published before.
The Queen is a recognised artist, and she has, therefore, been active in the creation of several of her dresses. At the palace, you get some insight into how she has created some of her own dresses.
You also have a unique opportunity to see the one of the Queen’s gala dress. It hangs in front of a huge portrait painting of Queen Sonja. The Queen actually wore this dress when the picture was unveiled at the time.
This year, the Royal Palace is marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Queen Maud at Marlborough House in London.
Every summer the Norwegian Royal Family opens the Royal Palace for visitors who can visit the main rooms of the palace. Every year there is also a new exhibition that characterises the places that are open. This year’s public season opened on Saturday, 22 June. The last chance to see the display will be 22 August.
There are separate guided tours in English for foreign guests several times a day, as well.