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Queen Sonja: An Intimate Portrait

Production year: 2007 | 1*59 | Genres: Royal
For the first time the Queen has allowed us to join her in her studio.
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Dronning Sonja på nært hold
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: SD

‘I`ve been finding it hard to keep up with her for a long time – for a very long time, in fact. She has an inexhaustible fund of energy,’ says the Queen`s husband, King Harald. His words are echoed by the rest of the Royal Family. They all hope that the Queen will slow down a little and spend more time cultivating her own interests, one of which is painting.

For the first time the Queen has allowed us to join her in her studio, together with her mentor, Ørnulf Opdahl. The protrait painted of her by those who know her best is very different from the correct and formal picture known to us from the media as she performs her official functions. They all describe her as having an enquiring mind, being totally devoid of affectation, keen on teamwork and a good listener.

Moreover,  she is devoted to Norway and all things Norwegian. ‘Had she had her way, she would have travelled the length and breadth of the country on foot,’ says the Queen`s private secretary, Berit Tversland, who is probably the member of the Palace staff who knows her best. In an accompanying interview, the first such she has ever given, Ilmi Horn, a childhood friend, and bridesmaid at the Queen`s wedding, also contributes her impressions.

The interview with the Queen herself took place at the Royal Farm on the Bygdøy peninsula, Oslo. The rest of the Royal Family were also present, and the two grandparents had their work cut out keeping a watchful eye on their  grandchildren in the extensive grounds.

Also taking part in the programme are HM King Harald, HRH Crown Prince Haakon, HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise, Norway`s foreign minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, Berit Tversland, the Queen`s private secretary, Bentein Baarson, Ilmi Horn, Anne Gløersen, Hans-Jacob Brun and Ørnulf Opdahl.

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