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10 Apr 2006
Olympic News

Queen Sonja of Norway visits the Museum

Following a two-day official visit to Switzerland by Norway’s royal couple, Queen Sonja privately extended her stay, while her husband Harald V returned home alone. She took the opportunity to visit the Olympic Museum, where she was received by IOC Honorary President for Life Juan Antonio Samaranch and Museum Director Francis Gabet. The Queen was accompanied by Lars Petter Forberg and Jan Sissener, Norwegian Ambassador and Consul respectively, and their wives.

Guided tour of the Museum
After a lunch and the usual Museum guided tour, the Queen stopped for a few moments at the library, before discovering the video library of images from the 1952 Games in Oslo and 1994 Games in Lillehammer. She also had access to the collections on Level -2, where she was pleased to see the costumes from the 1994 Games Opening Ceremony once again.

Active participation in the preparation of the Games
At the beginning of the 1990s, Queen Sonja of Norway played an active role in planning the cultural activities of the OIympic Winter Games in 1994 in Lillehammer. This role fell to her as Honorary Chairwoman of the Games Organising Committee Cultural Affairs Commission. The Queen is also an accomplished sportswoman, and is very keen on hiking and skiing. She is even a qualified instructor.

Unforgettable Games in Lillehammer
Many people familiar with the Games like to say that the Lillehammer Winter Games were their favourite. Nobody has forgotten the fervour of the Norwegians, nor the Opening Ceremony, with its magical choreography and breathtaking costumes. It was Harald V of Norway who officially declared these XVII Olympic Winter Games open, and his 21-year-old son Prince Haakon who lit the Olympic cauldron.

 Oslo 1952 
 Lillehammer 1994 
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