To most Norwegians of today, Queen Maud is somewhat of an enigma, almost mythical. She passed away in 1938, and was never part of the enormous surge in popularity experienced by the royal family during and after the Second World War.
Shortly before his passing in 1991, in conversation with royal biographer Arvid Møller, King Olav lifted his mother’s memory up and into the light of history through a few loving words:
«It is my wish that the Norwegian public should get to know her many strong sides: her wonderful personality and sense of humour, the warmth and compassion that she gave in abundance to all those close to her. She was in truth a fantastic and joyful human being».
Arvid Møller is one of Norway’s most productive biographers. In 1992 he published «Dronning Maud – et portrett», honouring the wish of his late Majesty.