Norwegian Queen Sonja paid a four-day official visit to Minnesota

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Queen Sonja paid a four-day official visit to the US state, Minnesota. The Queen began her official visit on Thursday with a meeting with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz in the state capitol building in St. Paul. On October 15, Queen Sonja attended the opening of a new special collections vault at St. Olaf College containing documentary materials related to Norwegian immigration to the US.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

On October 15 Saturday, Queen Sonja officially opened the new Norway House complex in Minneapolis which is an innovation and culture building and will serve as a gathering place for everyone with an interest in Norway and Norwegian culture. The new building houses a gallery, an events space and a library specially designed for genealogical research.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Friday evening, Queen Sonja attended an official dinner in advance of the opening event. Among the guests were many of those who have helped to make the new building a reality and who work regularly to promote Norwegian interests, history and culture in the US.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

On October 16 Sunday, Queen Sonja attended a commemorative service that was held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Mindekirken in Minnesota. Mindekirken, also known as the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, was established in 1922 by the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

Queen Sonja met with Norway's ambassador to the United States, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Ms Krutnes hosted several events during the Queen's visit.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Norway's ambassador to the US, Anniken Ramberg Krutnes. Norwegian Lutheran Church

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  1. I always find Queen Sonja so inspiring. Dignified, regal, gracious and very stylish, without being overly vain or boring, as opposed to other royals. Furthermore,
    her DYED hair looks good, an exception with women of her age, interesting.
    🌞 Virginia

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  2. Visite officielle ou pas, la reine

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  3. Visite officielle ou pas, la reine Sonja sait se vĂȘtir avec beaucoup de goĂ»t ; j'adore les couleurs vives des costumes traditionnels norvĂ©giens. Sur la 10Ăšme photo, adorable la petite fille lĂ©gĂšrement intimidĂ©e en lui offrant un bouquet de fleurs !

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  4. Adoro la regina Sonja, il suo sorriso Ăš dolce e accogliente
    Rossella

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  5. Queen Sonja is looking good in all her outfits. Why a woman of her age cannot dye her hair anymore ? It is far better than Queen Margrethe's grey hair which is becoming very thin lately. She should try another hairstyle. I have nothing against grey hair if it is styled beautifully and is still thick. Older grey women often do not use adapted hair treatments.

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    1. Don’t think there’s any suggestion that she shouldn’t dye her hair! AnnieM

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    2. @AnnieM Read Virginia's (Anon 18/10 11:49) allusion on Queen Sonja's hair "an exception for women of her age".

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  6. Still very very attractive and lovely.

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  7. Love the national dress outfits. Queen Sonja looks wonderful, especially in the dress worn to church. I also like the green suit, worn in the first photos. AnnieM

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  8. Queen Sonja looks wonderful in all of the above outfits, I cannot really single one out, I love all her choices here. She is very modern in her dress sense. I always love her selected jewellery pieces; she has some interesting and individual pieces.

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  9. Hilarious picture of the little grumpy blond girl . She doesn’t seem to be impressed to meet a real life Queen.

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  10. Q Sonja is a long way from home. All her outfits look good, but I like her in her native Norwegian dress a lot, very colorful. Not every woman of 80 looks that good. css

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  11. She is actually 85!!

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  12. Lovely to see the Queen in the USA, and the beautifully styled clothes, especially the traditional outfit she wore. Wonderful representation! Annie

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