Ingvald M. Smith-Kielland

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Ingvald Mareno Smith-Kielland (20 September 1919 – 9 May 2012) was a Norwegian royal servant.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in 1919. His father Ingvald Smith-Kielland served as chamberlain and court marshal from 1949 to 1955 and lord chamberlain from 1955 to 1966, under the kings Haakon VII and Olav V (from 1957).[1] He was also the nephew of painter Per Smith-Kielland.[2]


Ingvald M. Smith-Kielland was first hired in the Royal Court in 1963, as an aide-de-camp. He became court marshal in 1966, and was promoted to lord chamberlain in 1985.[3] He succeeded Odd Grønvold in both positions.[4] When King Olav V died in early 1991, Smith-Kielland saw the opportunity to retire and was succeeded by Kaare Langlete.[5] In the beginning of the year, the entire Court of the Norwegian Royal Family comprised as little as nine people: Smith-Kielland, Langlete, Gunerius Flakstad, Ingegjerd Løvenskiold, Magne Hagen and Barbara Iliff.[6]

In June 1991 Smith-Kielland was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.[7] In 1994, Verdens Gang noted that only seven non-royal Norwegians—all men—held the Grand Cross: Ingvald M. Smith-Kielland, Folke Hauger Johannessen, Herman Fredrik Zeiner-Gundersen, Rolv Ryssdal, Thor Heyerdahl, Per Aabel and Helge Ingstad.[8] Smith-Kielland's father, who died in 1984, also received the Grand Cross.[1] Ingvald M. Smith-Kielland died in May 2012.[9]


  1. ^ a b Welle-Strand, Erling. "Ingvald Smith-Kielland". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Ingvald Smith-Kielland". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Fuglehaug, Wenche (1 June 1991). "En merkedag på Slottet". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 40. 
  4. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Odd Grønvold". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Holm, Per Annar (12 March 1991). "Generasjonsskifte ved Kongens hoff". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 3. 
  6. ^ Lie, Wibecke (21 January 1991). "Det norske hoffet – ett av Europas minste" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 
  7. ^ "Storkorset til hoffsjef Smith-Kielland" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 3 June 1991. 
  8. ^ Kjølberg, Svein; Reese, Bjørn (30 April 1994). "Vårt mest fornemme par". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). pp. 21–25. 
  9. ^ Isaksen, Trond Norén (18 May 2012). "At the road's end: Ingvald M. Smith-Kielland (1919-2012), former Lord Chamberlain". Trond Norén Isaksen's blog. Retrieved 19 May 2012.