Norsk 101: Dronning Sonja av Norge

Queen Sonja of Norway

Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / Det kongelige hoff
An official portrait of Queen Sonja from 2021.

Nylig var Norges dronning på offisielt besøk i USA (Recently the queen of Norway made an official visit to the United States). Under hennes besøk (During her visit) understrekte Hennes Majestet Dronning Sonja (Her Majesty Queen Sonja) de sterke båndene (emphasized the strong ties) mellom Norge og USA (between Norway and the United States). Mange norskamerikanere (Many Norwegian Americans) har stor interesse for Dronning Sonja (have great interest in Queen Sonja) og gledet seg til dronningens besøk (and looked forward to the queen’s visit). 

Sonja Haraldsen ble født 4. juli 1937 (was born on July 4, 1937). Som datter av en forretningsmann (Daughter of a merchant), vokste Sonja opp på Vinderen i Oslo (Sonja grew up at Vinderen in Oslo). Sonjas barndomshjem (Sonja’s childhood home) ble flyttet til Maihaugen friluftsmuseum i Lillehammer (was moved to Maihaugen open-air museum in Lillehammer) og åpnet for publikum i (and opened to the public in) 2018. 

Sonja studerte engelsk, fransk og kunsthistorie (studied French, English, and art history) ved Universitetet i Oslo (at the University of Oslo). Sommeren 1959 (In the summer of 1959) møtte hun kronprins Harald (she met Crown Prince Harald) i et selskap hos felles venner (at a party with mutual friends). De ble forelsket (They fell in love), men de måtte holde forholdet sitt hemmelig (but they had to keep their relationship secret) i ni år (for nine years). På den tiden (At that time) kunne en norsk prins ikke gifte seg borgerlig (a Norwegian prince could not marry a commoner).

I 1967 (In 1967) sa kronprins Harald fra til kong Olav (Crown Prince Harald told King Olav) at hvis han ikke kunne gifte seg med Sonja (that if he couldn’t marry Sonja), ville han leve ugift (he would live unmarried). Endelig fikk de lov til å gifte seg (Finally they were allowed to marry) and Sonja ble forlovet med kronprins Harald i 1968 (and Sonja became engaged to Crown Prince Harald in 1968). De giftet seg 29. august samme år (They married on Aug. 29 of the same year) i Oslo domkirke (in Oslo Cathedral) og Sonja Haraldsen ble kronprinsesse Sonja (and Sonja Haraldsen became Crown Princess Sonja).

Da kong Olav V døde 17. januar 1991 (When King Olav died on Jan. 17, 1991), besteg kronprins Harald tronen som kong Harald V (Crown Prince Harald ascended the throne as King Harald V) og kronprinsesse Sonja ble dronning (and Crown Princess Sonja became queen). Kongeparet ble signet (The royal couple was consecrated) i Nidarosdomen (in Nidaros Cathedral) i Trondheim 23. juni 1991 (in Trondheim on June 23, 1991).

Dronning Sonja har et sterkt engasjement (Queen Sonja has a strong commitment) for sosialt og humanitært arbeid (to social and humanitarian work). Hun er også kjent (She is also known) for sin stor interesse i musikk, kunst og norsk natur (for her great interest in music, art, and Norwegian nature).

Kilder (Sources): 

Det Norske Kongehus: kongehuset.no/seksjon.html?tid=27197&sek=26953

Norsk Biografisk Leksikon: nbl.snl.no/Sonja

This article originally appeared in the November 4, 2022, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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Christie Ericson

Christie Ericson is an academic librarian living in Anchorage, Alaska. She has a background in languages and linguistics and has been fulfilling her lifelong dream of learning the Norwegian language. She also serves as the cultural director and librarian at her local Sons of Norway lodge and is completely addicted to Selbu mitten knitting.

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