Queen Sonja was both dumb struck and overwhelmed when she learned about the gift for her 80’s: a converted stable that will be an exhibition arena for art and culture.
I want to thank everyone for an impressive effort. I am both happy, proud and grateful – and a little excited and expectant, said the queen, according to NRK.
The entire royal family was present when the art gallery opened to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. Earlier, the grandchildren unveiled a sculpture of her in the Palace Park. It shows Queen Sonja taking a thoughtful rest on a rock whilst out hiking.
The queen was being treated to a full day of festivities, starting with the unveiling of a new statue in her honour on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Oslo. Then she’d officially receive her birthday gift from King Harald, a renovated royal stable also on the palace grounds that’s being turned into a public hall for art and culture called KunstStallen.
After that there was to be a picnic in the palace park for invited guests, followed by a birthday dinner at the historic royal summer home on Bygdøy called Kongsgård. All the events would be attended by royal family members including the couple’s two grown children, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Martha Louise, and the king’s older sister Princess Astrid.