Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Last royal jubilee exhibition opened

I have just returned from Trondheim, where I on Monday attended the opening of the last of the six jubilee exhibitions based on the Royal Collections which are the government’s present to the King and Queen for their 75th birthdays. The exhibition was opened by the Minister of Culture, Hadia Tajik, in the presence of the King and Queen.
The exhibition in Trondheim shows royal vehicles from the years 1905-1945. The pièce de résistance is the coronation coach made for the coronation of King Haakon VII and Queen Maud in Trondheim in 1906 (the King refused to continue the tradition of walking to the Cathedral). In addition to several other carriages the exhibition includes King Haakon’s first car, a Belgian Minerva from 1913; a Baby Cadillac presented to Crown Prince Olav by his grandmother, Queen Alexandra of Britain, in 1912; a Lincoln used during the escape from the invading Germans in 1940; and a Buick in which King Haakon and Crown Princess Märtha made their triumphant entry into Oslo on 7 June 1945, following the liberation, and which was also used by King Olav for his consecration in 1958 and by King Harald and Queen Sonja for their consecration in 1991.
The exhibition, titled “Fra berliner til Buick - Kongelige kjøretøyer 1905-1945” may be seen at Dora Kulturbunker until 29 September.
Following the exhibition opening and the subsequent dinner at Ringve Manor the King and Queen embarked on their annual county tour, which this year will take them to several municipalites in Sør-Trøndelag. It was a beautiful sight to watch, from the balcony of the Rockheim museum, how the Royal Yacht Norge late on Monday night slowly sailed away on the Trondheim fjord with the light blue sky and the pink clouds as backdrop.

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