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Statue of the week number 13

January 31, 2011

Håkon VII became Norway’s king after the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905. Håkon was born Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel, Prince Carl of Denmark (and Iceland) on the 3rd of August 1872.  He was one of a very small number of elected monarchs.  Upon the dissolution with Sweden the Norwegian people were asked if they wanted to have a monarchy – they said yes.  A possible monarch had already been found.  Prince Carl was asked and he said yes, taking the Old Norse name of Håkon. The Royal Family and the Norwegian Government were evacuated to London during World War II, returning on the 7th of June 1945.  Håkon suffered a fall and loss of mobility in 1955 and died on the 21 September 1957, succeeded by his son Olav V.  Håkon VII and his wife (Princess Maud of Wales, daughter of Edward VII) are “buried” in the crypt at Akerhus Fortress.

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