Queen Sonja named honorary citizen of Lillehammer

Queen SonjaPhoto: Geir Olsen / NTB

On Friday afternoon, County Governor Knut Storberget received Queen Sonja at Maihaugen in Lillehammer to mark the end of the restoration of her childhood home.

During the event, the queen was named an honorary citizen of Lillehammer. 

The title was awarded to her by Mayor Ingunn Trosholmen (AP).

“As mayor, I have the pleasure and honor of appointing Her Majesty the Queen as an honorary citizen of Lillehammer,” the mayor said, according to newspaper VG.

“It makes me extra proud to be an honorary citizen of this particular city, who has so much to give,” Queen Sonja said.

A key to the house

After the celebration, the queen visited her childhood home, which took four years to restore and complete.

The building was moved from Tuengen allé 1b in Oslo to Lillehammer.

She said that moving her childhood home to a completely different environment was a strange experience.

“The house has been given a view – something it never had,” she said.

Queen Sonja also received a key to the house.

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