‘Royal Journeys 1905-2005’ is the Norwegian people’s and government’s birthday gift to Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja on their 75th birthdays in 2012.
It consists of six exhibitions with treasures from the royal collections of art, cultural artifacts, and photos. In 1905, the union between Norway and Sweden ceased to exist and Norwegians got their own King and Queen: King Haakon VII and Queen Maud.
The six exhibitions feature a variety of themes, all dealing with royal journeys trough selected objects and archive material. In 2012, four major exhibitions will be held in the cities of Oslo and Bergen, and in 2013 in Tromsoe and Trondheim. They are really worth a visit!
The ongoing exhibition in Oslo lasts until the 26th of August. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design received good reviews from media and visitors.
The Coronation Carriage. It was commissioned in 1905 and completed to the coronation of King Haakon VII and Queen Maud in 1906, produced by O. Sørensen Vognfabrik in Christiania (Oslo). It was last used in 1940.
Editor’s note: In Trondheim, you will also find the Crown Jewels inside Bispegården, next to the Nidaros Dome.
Text and photo by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews