KK03 – H. M. King Harald V

18 x 13 cm, coated 280 g Invercote.

His Majesty King Harald V

As a 3-year old Prince and heir to the Norwegian throne, King Harald became the central part of an intense, political plot in the summer of 1940. Crown Princess Märtha had escaped with her three children to her native Stockholm.

Now a group of Norwegians and Swedes campaigned for Hitler to accepting Prince Harald as a German controlled child King of Norway with the Crown Princess as his guardian. But after an invitation from President Roosevelt she travelled on to Washington with the children where the little Prince Harald became a symbol of the free Norway as the future successor the throne.

«The Kings of the Liberation»
A unique and historical series of postcards. In connection with the 70th anniversary of the liberation from Nazi Germany’s occupation artist Ross Kolby was commissioned to portray Norway’s three generations of monarchs attached to World War II.

Kolby named the portraits «The Kings of the Liberation» and painted intimate, psychological studies that for the first time portray the three majesties side by side, in their reign and at the same age.

The paintings are permanently displayed at Norway’s Resistance Museum at Akershus Fortress in Oslo.

Here you can see the 10 minute long dokumentary “The Kings of the Liberation” to see the historic context of the paintings.

The kings of the liberation from HACIENDA FILM NORWAY on Vimeo.