QUEEN MAUD GULF

(For Nor­way’s ice queen)

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Nor­we­gian ex­plorer Roald Amund­sen named the body of wa­ter be­tween the main­land of what is now Nu­navut and the south­east of Vic­to­ria Is­land the Queen Maud Gulf for his coun­try’s new queen.

Maud was the youngest and favourite daugh­ter of Bri­tain’s King Ed­ward VII and al­ways made clear that Bri­tain was her true home. She never fully mas­tered Nor­we­gian and main­tained a home on the San­dring­ham Es­tate in Nor­folk, Eng­land, which she vis­ited an­nu­ally.

Yet there was one as­pect of life in Nor­way that suited Maud: win­ter sports. When she be­came queen, she was al­ready an en­thu­si­as­tic am­a­teur ath­lete who en­joyed rid­ing and cy­cling. She also took up ski­ing, which en­cour­aged other women to take up the sport. Maud passed her love of out­door pur­suits to her son, Crown Prince Olav, who — as part of the Nor­we­gian sail­ing team at the 1928 Olympic Games in Am­s­ter­dam — be­came the first royal re­cip­i­ent of an Olympic gold medal.

Maud was also known for her stylish wardrobe, wear­ing de­signer sportswear on horse­back and at the top of ski hills. Her love of win­ter sports was fit­ting, as her name is at­tached to some of the cold­est re­gions in the world: Nu­navut’s Queen Maud Gulf and Antarc­tica’s Queen Maud Land and Queen Maud moun­tains.

Queen Maud, circa 1905.

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