Sonia Haraldsen was born in 1937, grew up in the Venderen district of Oslo and became a single child, after two of her elder brothers left for Sweden in 1940 at the beginning of the German occupation and her other brother died. So her parents kept him near him, and her father hoped to work with him and replace him after his departure at the sewing and clothing store in central Oslo.
So her 16-year-old father sent her to Norway to learn tailoring at the Oslo vocational school and then to Lausanne for two years to study accounting and fashion design at the Ecole Professionnelle des Jeunes Filles. "I chose to study in Switzerland so I could go skiing, but then I loved to learn French," Sonia said in an interview with the British newspaper Telegraph.
Sonia was 21 years old when she met Norwegian Crown Prince Harold at a ceremony organized by a mutual friend. The Prince was then preparing to leave the Norwegian Military Academy and invited her to the graduation ceremony.
Perhaps we can guess the rest where the Royal Norwegian House was like royal families, where no European heir had married any of the general public: Martha the Prince's mother was born to be the princess of Sweden. His grandmother was the daughter of King Edward VI of the British Queen, Wales, but after nine years the Prince finally persuaded his family and announced his sermon from Sonia. Within six months, in August 1968, they were married and had their son, Crown Prince Hakone, five years later. Two years later, they had a daughter, Princess Martha Louise.
But since King Harold V became king in January 1991, Sonia became the Queen. Each year on 17 May (Norwegian National Day), in the Palace Park, one of the main public places in Oslo, people waving flags come to see the royal family from the palace balcony.
Last summer, the Queen Sonia Children's House, a house built in 1935 in Funk, became a museum after the exterior was carefully dismantled and moved from its original location to Maehogen near Lillehammer. It was restored, yet far from where the Queen lives today.
Art is a favorite of her heart, not only as a lover of fashion or a pastor, but as an artist and photographer.
As a child who never wanted to be an artist, Queen Sonia says: "I was 10 or 12 years old when I got the first camera" and she added: "I loved photography since then. I was interested in abstract art before I was 70 years old, and in particular the books I learned during my visit to Ateljé Larsen, a prominent studio in Helsingborg, Sweden, with two famous Norwegian artists, Nobel Kigel and the great landscape painter Omolph Opdal, I tried there monochromatic (monochrome) From a printed design), learn to adapt to color, with multiple layers of ink and sometimes subsequent applications of a watercolor. "
"It is a magical feeling to see something that I have imagined, thought about and then achieved in this way," said Queen Sonia. "It's hard work." Although she was very modest in saying so, her work was good. Good enough for the president of the Royal Academy of Arts, artist Christopher Le Brun, to invite her to present her prints to this summer's show, and will receive an achievement award from her foundation next month.
Queen Sonia's printing industry may have grown interested in photography – "I often use my iPhone now, even though I have a Kodak digital camera and transfer the pictures to my Mac," she says.
Her interest in art continued as she opened an exhibition at the National Museum of Ceramics in Sevres with the French Minister of Culture for the exchange of ideas between the two countries. The Queen praised the work of the Norwegian Margit Tengluf, saying it was "wonderful" and characterized by distinctive landscape paintings.
As for her professional career as an artist, she was always keen on handicrafts such as ceramics, she made small pieces of porcelain, she says, influenced by Picasso's ceramics.
But the printing industry remains its main concern, and publications make up the bulk of its art collection, which spans more than 700 jobs. Picasso was one of her missions to make pieces inspired by her earlier.