Norwegian Women on Stamps
|QUEEN SONJA (1937-)
For the first time a queen appears on a Norwegian definitive stamp. Sonja Haraldsen was a well-educated Norwegian commoner who married Crown Prince Harald in 1968.
And in 1991 when Harald became king, Norway gained a queen for the first time in 53 years.
She has served as Vice President of the Norwegian Red Cross and due to her strong
commitment for refugees and immigrants she is awarded the Nansen Medal by the UN High
Commissioner for Refugees. She has completed several military courses and has the rank of colonel and commodore. She is an
outdoor person, a competent regatta sailor as well as certified skiing instructor. The way
she has represented her country abroad and carried out her duties as Norway's First Lady
has very much contributed to consolidate the Norwegian monarchy as a modern, democratic
and equal constitution.