Sunday, December 11, 2011

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (born 21 January 2004) is the daughter of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and second in the line of succession to the Norwegian throne.

Born at 9:13 am in Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo, she is the first child born to Crown Prince Haakon and second to wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit, formerly Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby. She is a granddaughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway. She is styled and titled as Her Royal Highness the Princess Ingrid Alexandra and she has two siblings, an older half-brother, Marius and a younger brother, His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus.

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. Ingrid Alexandra is expected to become Norway's second queen regnant, after Margaret.

Through her father she is a descendant of Edward VII of the United Kingdom, and under the Act of Settlement 1701 is also in the line of succession to the throne of each of the sixteen Commonwealth Realms. The princess, whose name is pronounced ING-ree in Norway[citation needed], was named in part after her great-grandfather, Olav V of Norway, (who was born Alexander Edward Christian Frederick).

Ingrid was christened on 17 April 2004. Bishop Gunnar Stålsett officiated in a ceremony in the chapel of the Royal Palace in Oslo. The princess' godparents include her paternal grandfather King Harald V of Norway, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Felipe, Prince of Asturias, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her maternal grandmother, Marit Tjessem.

On 3 December 2005, Ingrid Alexandra's mother gave birth to the princess' brother, Prince Sverre Magnus. Both Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus are in the line of succession to the British throne; however, in that context, Prince Sverre Magnus takes precedence over his older sister.

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

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 can expect to see her occasionally out in the community with her classmates on school outings. School officials hope to make the school a place where the princess can make friends and enjoy some relief from public scrutiny.

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