The Queen didn’t know what an iPad was – now she uses it almost every day

The royal couple visits JordanAmman, Jordan 20200302. King Harald and Queen Sonja were welcomed by Jordan's King Abdullah and Queen Rania during an official welcome ceremony at the Al Husseiniya Palace in the capital Amman on Monday.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix
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Digital competence exchange across generations is also taking place with the Royals. Queen Sonja (82) became a diligent iPad user with the help of Jordan’s King (58).

King Abdullah of Jordan sent an iPad in the mail to the Norwegian Queen ten years ago.

The Queen presented the story during a business seminar during the Jordanian state visit on Monday, where digitization was one of the themes.

She thanked the somewhat younger Jordanian king for introducing her to the tablet.

– “During a very nice meeting in Oslo in 2010, King Abdullah told me about this fabulous product called an iPad. I had never heard of it, but could imagine how useful such a thing would be,” Sonja said in her speech.

I felt very modern
In the hall sat the Jordanian king himself.

“The next day a parcel arrived in the mail from abroad – guess what? An iPad from the King! Suddenly I felt very modern! Thank you dear King Abdullah, for your very fitting gift,” said the Queen.

“I still use it – almost every day,” she added.

The 82-year-old also has her own smartphone, which she looks at and often uses to take pictures while traveling.

Women at work
In the speech, the Queen also took the opportunity to support women’s participation in the labor market – which she pointed out had a greater effect on the Norwegian economy than the overall gas and oil revenues.

This was also one of the topics in the subsequent talks, and the Queen showed that such seminars can make a positive contribution.

– “Or, as actor Emma Watson said in her gender equality speech to the UN in 2014: “How can we influence the changes in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to join in the conversation?”, Queen Sonja said.

In recent years, Jordan has introduced a number of reforms and measures to get more women into working life. Some of the projects are supported by Norway.

The royal couple is in Jordan in connection with the Norwegian state visit, which lasts until Wednesday. Also on the trip is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Industry.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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