Coronation dress [shown here without train], 1872, Norwegian Folk Museum, via DigitaltMuseum. Photos: Reinsfelt, Anne-Lise / Norwegian Folk Museum. Worn to the Norwegian coronation of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway in 1873 [most likely by his consort, Sofia of Nassau, as indicated by the crowned lions wielding axes, an emblem of Norwegian royalty, that have been appliqued onto the dress. In fact, this dress is similar in style to the outfit she wore for her coronation as queen of…

Coronation dress [shown here without train], 1872, Norwegian Folk Museum, via DigitaltMuseum. Photos: Reinsfelt, Anne-Lise / Norwegian Folk Museum. Worn to the Norwegian coronation of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway in 1873 [most likely by his consort, Sofia of Nassau, as indicated by the crowned lions wielding axes, an emblem of Norwegian royalty, that have been appliqued onto the dress. In fact, this dress is similar in style to the outfit she wore for her coronation as queen of…

Norwegian Royalty

Norwegian Royalty

Norwegian Royalty

Norwegian Royalty

Norwegian Royalty

Norwegian Royalty

Norwegian Royalty

Norwegian Royalty

Norwegian Royalty

Norwegian Royalty

Today is July 4 and Queen Sonja of Norway celebrates her 80th birthday! Today, some events are organized on the occasion of 80th birthday of Queen Sonja. It all starts with the opening of "Queen Sonja art stable" in the old stable buildings in the palace park. Then there is a picnic in Dronningparken, which is part of the palace Park. The celebration ends with a summer party in the garden at Bygdøy Kongsgård. Happy birthday, Queen Sonja!

Today is July 4 and Queen Sonja of Norway celebrates her 80th birthday! Today, some events are organized on the occasion of 80th birthday of Queen Sonja. It all starts with the opening of "Queen Sonja art stable" in the old stable buildings in the palace park. Then there is a picnic in Dronningparken, which is part of the palace Park. The celebration ends with a summer party in the garden at Bygdøy Kongsgård. Happy birthday, Queen Sonja!

The Norwegian Royal Family Celebrate Queen Sonja’s 80th Birthday

The Norwegian Royal Family Celebrate Queen Sonja’s 80th Birthday

Dialogue: *Balancing raindrops on your fingertips* ~ "Sitting in a railway station in the pouring rain feeling lots of pain. 'No pain no gain.' someone said. Not sure if such words can be true to form when all you can think of are the faces n' smiles of the blessed ones that are now with us no more ..." © 18 Feb. 2012 RmSweeney

Dialogue: *Balancing raindrops on your fingertips* ~ "Sitting in a railway station in the pouring rain feeling lots of pain. 'No pain no gain.' someone said. Not sure if such words can be true to form when all you can think of are the faces n' smiles of the blessed ones that are now with us no more ..." © 18 Feb. 2012 RmSweeney

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