Norwegian Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrated her 18th birthday last Friday. The young woman arrived at her historic birthday in January, but she postponed any formal celebration due to the pandemic.
Glamorous European royalty gathered at the Royal Palace in Oslo for this week’s posh party. The princess chose for the occasion a long burgundy dress adorned with medals, an impressive tiara and lilac heels.
The young woman arrived at her birthday gala with her parents, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his wife Mette-Marit, as well as her grandparents, Queen Sonja and King Harald.
Princess Ingrid Alexandra joined her grandfather King Harald V at a cabinet meeting at the Royal Palace to celebrate her coming of age.
In the coming years, Ingrid Alexandra will increase her public profile and take on more responsibilities on behalf of the royal family, but will continue to focus on her education, the palace said in a statement.
Crown Prince Haakon secured his place in the line of succession by changing the law to allow first-born daughters to ascend the throne over their younger brothers.
Haakon, 48, ascended the throne ahead of her older sister Princess Märtha Louise, who is now engaged to Durek, 47, after being with her partner since 2019.
Princess Märtha Louise, 50, who is fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, and her fiancé, shaman Durek, were among the birthday guests in attendance.
The mother-of-three shared her official engagement photo on her Instagram account last week, showing off a dazzling emerald ring. Also in attendance were Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Ingrid Alexandra’s other godmothers, including Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise, and Mrs. Marit Tjessem, the Crown Princess’s mother.
King Felipe VI and King Harald, as well as Queen and Queen Margaret II of Denmark, are all descendants of Queen Victoria and King Christian IX, which is why the Spanish king was chosen as one of the godparents of the teen princess.
Meanwhile, Ingrid Alexandra’s grandfather, King Harald, is also a first cousin to Queen Margaret of Sweden, and Crown Princess Victoria is her twice-eliminated cousin, earning him another spot on Ingrid’s list of royal godparents. Alexandra.
Ingrid Alexandra will become Norway’s first female monarch in 600 years when she ascends the throne after her 48-year-old father.
Gert’s Royals, a royal blog, confirmed that Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands were among the first royals to RSVP to the event, along with their daughter Princess Amalia, also 18. years.
The celebrations were also attended by Ingrid Alexandra’s Spanish godfather, Felipe VI, and his wife, Queen Letizia. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Ingrid Alexandra’s godparents, also attended with their spouses.
In letters written to the princess by her mother, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and her father, Crown Prince Haakon, praised her and assured her of her new responsibilities.
Crown Prince Hakon said: “Berit’s husband Bjørn has spoken to me several times about duty as a value, as a positive force. I’m not sure if it was something he said mainly to me or if he also spoke to others. about it. It is entirely possible to find freedom even while doing one’s duty.”
For her part, Crown Princess Mette-Marit wrote: “Those of us who know you know how much you love your country. How much you enjoy traveling to different parts of Norway. About how proud you are to wear your sweater with NOREG printed on it. “Dearest daughter, you are not the only one who turns 18 this year. So are 57 thousand other young people throughout Norway. More people got to know you a little better in connection with your birthday in January. You gave your first interviews, had meetings with the powers of the State and received various delegations here in the Palace. All this has brought back many memories. Because I have been in the same situation as you, and I found myself looking at myself as an 18-year-old”.