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Statue of the Week: number 44

November 27, 2011

I took the photo of this statue located in Slotsparken, a while ago, whilst there were still roses placed all around cental Oslo, including in Crown Princess Martha’s hand. The statue was a gift from the Stortning (the parliament) in 2007 and the sculptor is Kirsten Kokkin.

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Crown Princess Martha (28.3.1901 – 5.4.1954) was born in Sweden and is a Swedish princess by birth.  She married the then Crown Prince Olav on the 21st March 1929 in what is now Oslo Cathedral. Whilst being a marriage of love it was also seen as a good strengthening royal ties and a sign that the tensio between Norway and Sweden, following the dissolution of the union, had gone. Martha and Olav had 3 children, the princesses Ragnhild and Astrid and Prince Harald, the present King and first heir to the throne to be born in Norway in 567 years. Unusually for a Crown Princess at the time, Martha undertook many speeches and an increasing range of public engagements.  Martha never became Queen of Norway, dying before Olav became King.  She is buried in the mausoleum in Akershus Festning.

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