Wednesday, 16 May 2012

King and Princess Astrid to attend war hero’s funeral

It has been announced that the King and Princess Astrid will attend the state funeral of the war hero Gunnar Sønsteby, who died on 10 May at the age of 94. The funeral will take place in the Cathedral of Oslo at noon on 25 May.
Princess Ragnhild’s husband Erling S. Lorentzen, who worked with Sønsteby in the resistance during World War II and counted him among his best friends, recently said to a newspaper that he is not certain if he will come to the funeral, as this is no longer entirely up to him (the couple live in Brazil, he is 89 and his wife is now quite frail).
Erling Lorentzen has, however, written an obituary of his friend, which appeared in Aftenposten yesterday.

P.S. It has now (22 May) been confirmed that the King and Princess Astrid will be joined by Princess Märtha Louise, Ari Behn (who interviewed Sønsteby for Forsvarets Forum a few years ago), Johan Martin Ferner and Erling S. Lorentzen.

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