Princess Ingrid Alexandra
Princess of Norway

Born 21 January 2004 (age 16)
Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
House Glücksburg
Father Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
Mother Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway
Norwegian Royal Family
Royal Arms of Norway.svg

HM The King*
HM The Queen*

HH Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner

*Member of the Norwegian Royal House

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (born 21 January 2004) is the elder child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. She is second in line to succeed her grandfather King Harald V. A member of the House of Glücksburg, she is expected to become the country's second female monarch, after the 15th-century Queen Margaret.

Early lifeEdit

Born at 9:13 am in Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo, she is the first child born to Crown Prince Haakon, heir apparent to the throne, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.[1] She is a granddaughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway. She has two siblings, an older half-brother, Marius and a younger brother, Prince Sverre Magnus.

Following Ingrid Alexandra's birth, the already well-regarded royal family experienced an upsurge of popularity.

At birth she was named Ingrid Alexandra, and while it was never stressed that she would go by one name only, is on a daily basis only her first name used.

The princess, whose name is pronounced ING-ree in Norway, was named in part after her great-grandfather, Olav V of Norway, (who was born Alexander Edward Christian Frederick). But she was going to have another name. Crown Princess Mette-Marit said in 2018 that had she been born today, she would have had another name. The Crown Princess said: “We actually intended to call Ingrid Alexandra, Tyra Eufemia, but we thought it was so special that we did not dare to do it”.[2]

Christening Edit

Main article: Christening of Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Ingrid was christened on 17 April 2004. Bishop Gunnar Stålsett officiated in a ceremony in the chapel of the Royal Palace in Oslo. The baptismal dress the Princess used was sewn by the Princess’s great-grandmother, Princess Ingeborg of Sweden. The infant Princess Ingrid Alexandra was carried to the christening font by her grandfather King Harald.[3]

The princess' godparents include her paternal grandfather King Harald V of Norway, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden; Felipe, Prince of Asturias, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her maternal grandmother, Marit Tjessem.[4][3] The Crown Prince of Denmark and The Prince of Asturias were unable to attend the christening due to their respective weddings scheduled to occur within a month of the christening.[5]

Confirmation Edit

Main article: Confirmation of Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

In June 2019, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Ingrid Alexandra walked the last part of a pilgrimage to Nidarosdomen in Trondheim[6] and the next day she attended a mass service with her family in Nidaros Cathedral in connection with preparation for her confirmation later that autumn.[7]

Princess Ingrid Alexandra was confirmed in the Palace Chapel at the Royal Palace on Saturday, 31 August 2019. The Princess received her confirmation instruction with Asker Church congregation under the direction of Provost Tor Øystein Vaaland and acting Vicar Karoline Astrup.[3]

The confirmation service in the Palace Chapel was led by the Bishop of Oslo, Kari Veiteberg, and the Praeses of the Norwegian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien.[3]

Education Edit

Princess Ingrid Alexandra started her first day of school on 20 August 2010 at a local state school, the same neighborhood school attended by her older half brother Marius Borg Høiby. She is the first member of the Norwegian royal family to attend a local school. Other members of the family were sent to Oslo to attend schools there. Her parents chose the school because they want her to have as ordinary a childhood as possible. Newspaper reports said Princess Ingrid Alexandra will walk to school with her half brother Marius Borg Høiby and local citizens were expected to see her occasionally out in the community with her classmates on school outings.[8]

On 17 June 2014, the Norwegian Royal Family notified the public that from the start of the 2014–2015 school year, Princess Ingrid Alexandra would transfer to the private English-language Oslo International School, reportedly because her parents wanted her to be fluent in English.[9]

On 27 May 2019, it was announced that Princess Ingrid Alexandra would transfer to Oslo's Uranienborg School in 2020 to complete her upper secondary education.[10]

Royal life Edit

On 19 June 2010, Princess Ingrid Alexandra served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of her godmother, the Crown Princess of Sweden.[11]

In December 2012, the Princess attended an interview with her father by a Norwegian television programme in aid of Environmental Agents, the children's environmental organization. Her mother was supposed to attend, but the Crown Prince attended instead as the Crown Princess was ill.[12] She has taken part in traditional celebrations of the Constitution Day, as well as the traditional ski jumping tournament at Holmenkollen in Oslo.[4]

On 4 May 2015, Princess Ingrid Alexandra christened the Norwegian Rescue Company’s new lifeboat, Elias that she has been made godmother of.[13]

On 12 February 2016, the Princess and her grandfather played roles during the opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer. While the King declared open the Games, the Princess lit the cauldron.[14] Her father Crown Prince Haakon did the same thing 22 years ago, during the opening of the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994.

In the summer of 2016, Princess Ingrid Alexandra's sculpture park opened in the Palace Park. There are sculptures for children made by children. Several sculptures are made every year, and the Princess herself chooses them among submitted contributions from school children across the country.[4] Thus she has since May 2016[15] attended the unveiling of new sculptures in October 2017[16] and June 2018.[17] In February 2018 during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's state visit to Norway, Ingrid welcomed them to the park and showed them the sculptures.[18]

On 17 November 2018, she christened Norway’s new research vessel, the RV Kronprins Haakon, with the help of the ship’s captain, Johnny Peder Hansen. The RV Kronprins Haakon will help to provide new insight into the impacts of climate change on the oceans and the marine environment.[19]

Constitution Edit

In 1990 the Constitution of Norway was altered, changing the succession law to absolute cognatic primogeniture, meaning that the eldest child, regardless of gender, takes precedence in the line of succession. Since this was not done retroactively, the first member of the royal family it applies to is Ingrid Alexandra. This means that she takes precedence over her younger brother, but her father Haakon continues to take precedence over his older sister, Princess Märtha Louise.[20] The Princess is expected to become Norway's first female monarchsince Queen Margaret, who reigned over Norway, Denmark and Sweden from the late 1380s until her death in 1412.

Along with her parents and grandparents – but unlike her brother, half-brother Marius, and other relatives – Princess Ingrid Alexandra is a member of the Norwegian Royal House. The family belongs to the House of Glücksburg.[21]

The Norwegian royal family is also in the line of succession to the British throne, being descended from the British King Edward VII's daughter Maud; Princess Ingrid Alexandra is preceded by her brother in the British line due to male-preference cognatic primogeniture that was in place at the time of her birth. In January 2011, she was 76th in line to succeed to the British throne.[22]

Free timeEdit

The Princess likes to do different activites, among which are skiing and kickboxing. Like the rest of the Crown Prince Family, she also enjoys water sports, like for example surfing.[4]

In popular cultureEdit

The princess was mentioned in The Simpsons episode broadcast 10 January 2010. Lisa Simpson's teacher, who was wearied by all of the reports by the girls of her class about various princesses, said there had been two reports about Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

During the interval act of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 clips of various people around Europe who were dancing was shown, part way through the montage a clip showing the Princess, her mother, and her half brother, dancing to the music.

Titles, styles and honorsEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 21 January 2004 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Honours Edit

  • Norway: Recipient of the King Harald V Silver Jubilee Medal[23]

References Edit

  1. DD.KK.HH. Kronprinsen og Kronprinsessen har fått en datter. Royal Court of Norway
  2. Crown Princess Mette-Marit reveals that Princess Ingrid Alexandra should have had a different name. Royal Central
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Confirmation. Norwegian Royal Court
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Her Royal Highness The Princess. Norwegian Royal Court
  5. Ingrid Alexandra Christening. HELLO Magazine
  6. Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Ingrid Alexandra walked the last part of a pilgrimage to Nidarosdomen in Trondheim. norwegianroyalfamily IG
  7. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus attended a mass service. norwegianroyalfamily IG
  8. Historisk skolestart. Nettavisen
  9. Princess Ingrid of Norway starts first day at new school on proud mum Mette-Marit's birthday. HELLO! Magazine
  10. Bytter skole. Norwegian Royal Court
  11. Ten young bridesmaids and page boys at the wedding at Stockholm Cathedral. Swedish Royal Court
  12. Ingrid Alexandra (8) om den kjedeligste kalendergaven.
  13. Døpte RS Elias. Norwegian Royal Court
  14. Princess Ingrid Alexandra lit the Olympic fire. Norway Today
  15. Barnas egen skulpturpark. Norwegian Royal Court
  16. Nye verk i Skulpturparken. Norwegian Royal Court
  17. Fire nye skulpturer. Norwegian Royal Court
  18. Besøk fra Storbritannia. Norwegian Royal Court
  19. Prinsessen døpte "Kronprins Haakon". Norwegian Royal Court
  20. Order of succession. Norwegian Royal Court
  21. The Royal Family. Norwegian Royal Court
  22. Persons eligible to succeed to the British Throne as of 1 Jan 2011. David Lewis
  23. Tildeling av Kong Harald Vs jubileumsmedalje 1991–2016. Norwegian Royal Court

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