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On May 8, 1981, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Statoil on Forus. The visit was part of a three-day official visit to Norway.
By Kristin Øye Gjerde, Norwegian Petroleum Museum
- Queen Elizabeth II with CEO Arve Johnsen as guide. King Olav V in the background. Photo: Leif Berge/Equinor

The guests were met at Sola airport by King Olav V who had arrived in advance. The royal guests then went directly to Statoil where they arrived at exactly 11. Outside the entrance, children from the Statoil kindergarten and the neighborhood school showed up waving to the Queen with Norwegian and British flags.

Knut Arne Opsvik captured the moment with his own film camera.

Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain and King Olav of Norway visiting Statoil at Forus.

Arve Johnsen received and welcomed on behalf of Statoil. As the entourage entered the building, they were greeted by spontaneous applause from staff who had lined up at the front desk. Mayor Arne Rettedal welcomed the royal guests on behalf of the city of Stavanger. Champagne was served for the occasion.

Arve Johnsen then briefed on Statoil’s activities, and a film was shown that was produced especially for the occasion. After the welcome speeches, the Queen Elizabeth II and King Olav V with entourage was led into the auditorium where director Hans Jørgen Frank, Moss Rosenberg Verft, demonstrated a model of the Statfjord B-deck.[REMOVE]Fotnote: Status: 1981 Vol. 8 Nr. 8

In the canteen about 60 journalists from the daily and weekly press in Norway and abroad were gathered and followed what happened via video transmission to television screens.


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