At the end of her visit to the College, Queen Sonja asked to visit the second year Visual Arts students’ IB Exhibition. She enjoyed viewing the students’ work very much and asked if Hala Al-Shawafi’s ceramic ‘Heart’ was available for her own collection – which was quite an honour for Hala. Edwin Gonzales, with whom she had spoken in the Silent House the previous evening, gave one of his final art pieces to Her Majesty as a gift and an expression of gratitude for her commitment to RCN students.
Her Majesty Queen Sonja graced us with her presence on Thursday and Friday.
We felt fortunate that she was visiting as the early spring weather was at its finest. On Thursday evening, Her Majesty ate with students in the Kantine before visiting the Student Village and the Silent House. Then it was time for the cultural show. Rektor Richard Lamont gave a welcoming address (which you can read here), and then the stage was given to the student performers – to whose performances she gave a very warm response.
At the end of the show, Her Majesty said to the full auditorium,
I am glad that our work in setting up a Nordic UWC here in Fjaler succeeded. You can feel the warmth once you come to campus, and the College is everything we hoped it would be.
On Friday morning she laid the Foundation Stone for our new visitors’ centre – UWC Connect – to cheers from students, Haugland patients and visitors from Fjaler and beyond.
Follow this link to see our slideshow of the visit.
A day to celebrate.