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Encyclopedia > Norwegian Royal Family
Norwegian Royal Family

The Royal Family of Norway is the family of King Harald V of Norway. It officially includes all male-line descendants of any King of Norway and their wives. Members of the Royal Family (other than the King and Queen) hold the style of His or Her Royal Highness (HRH). This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... King Harald V of Norway (Photo from the October 2003 State Visit to Brazil). ... Queen Sonja of Norway (née Sonja Haraldsen, born July 4, 1937 in Oslo) is the queen consort of Norway, wife of King Harald V of Norway. ... Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway was born on July 20, 1973 in Oslo and is styled HRH the Crown Prince. ... Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (born Mette-Marit Tjessem-Høiby in Kristiansand, Norway, on August 19, 1973), styled HRH the Crown Princess is the wife of Crown Prince Haakon, She became a controversial member of the Norwegian royal family, due to a readily admitted past... Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway was born January 21, 2004 at 9:13am in Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo. ... Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (born 3 December 2005 in Oslo) is the second child of Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway and Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway. ... Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (born September 22, 1971) is the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. ... Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. ... Princess Astrid, Mrs. ... King Harald V of Norway (Photo from the October 2003 State Visit to Brazil). ...

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History of the Monarchy

Harald I was the son of one of Norway's regional rulers, descended from Sweden's Yngling royal family. He defeated the other rulers to unite the country and become its first king. Harald I (b. ...


After the death of Haakon V of Norway, the crown passed to his grandson Magnus II of Sweden. In 1397, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden formed the Kalmar Union under Margaret I of Denmark who was married to Haakon VI of Norway. She unofficially ruled all three countries until her death. Burial site of Håkon V in Oslo Haakon V Magnusson (1270 - May 8, 1319) was king of Norway from 1299 until 1319. ... Sigillum ad causas for Magnus II of Sweden Magnus II Ericson, Magnus VII of Norway, (1316 – December 1, 1377), King of Sweden, Norway, and Terra Scania, son of Duke Eric Magnusson of Sweden and Ingeborg, daughter of Haakon V of Norway. ... The royal lineages of Norway, Sweden and Denmark for the period around the formation of the Kalmar Union The Kalmar Union (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish: Kalmarunionen) was a series of personal unions (1397–1520) that united the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden under a single monarch. ... Queen Margaret I Margaret I Queen of Denmark and Norway, Regent of Sweden (1353 – October 28, 1412) was born in Vordingborg Castle, the daughter of Valdemar IV of Denmark and Helvig of Sonderjylland. ... Haakon VI Magnusson (appr. ...


Sweden left the Kalmar Union in 1523. In 1814, Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden; in 1905, Norway became independent. Its new government offered the crown to Prince Carl, second son of Frederick VIII of Denmark. After being approved in a popular vote, Carl was crowned Haakon VII of Norway. Frederik VIII (June 3, 1843 – May 14, 1912), was King of Denmark from 1906–1912. ... King Haakon VII of Norway, born as Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel (August 3, 1872–September 21, 1957), was the first king of Norway after the 1905 dissolution of the personal union with Sweden. ...


Norway is a constitutional monarchy. A constitutional monarchy is a form of monarchical government established under a constitutional system which acknowledges a hereditary or elected monarch as head of state. ...


List of Members

Their Children: King Harald V of Norway (Photo from the October 2003 State Visit to Brazil). ... Queen Sonja of Norway (née Sonja Haraldsen, born July 4, 1937 in Oslo) is the queen consort of Norway, wife of King Harald V of Norway. ...

The King's sisters - Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid - are styled Princess, but are not considered full members of the Royal Family and do not have the style of Her Royal Highness because each married a commoner. They are entitled to the style of Her Highness while abroad, however. Crown Prince Haakon Magnus His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway was born July 20, 1973 in Oslo. ... Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (born Mette-Marit Tjessem-Høiby in Kristiansand, Norway, on August 19, 1973), styled HRH the Crown Princess is the wife of Crown Prince Haakon, She became a controversial member of the Norwegian royal family, due to a readily admitted past... Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway was born January 21, 2004 at 9:13am in Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo. ... Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (born 3 December 2005 in Oslo) is the second child of Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway and Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway. ... Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (born September 22, 1971) is the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. ... Ari Mikael Behn (born September 30, 1972) is a Norwegian author. ... Maud Angelica Behn was born 29 April 2003 at Norways National Hospital, Rikshospitalet, in Oslo. ... Leah Isadora Behn (born April 8, 2005) is the second daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and husband Ari Behn. ... Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. ... Princess Astrid, Mrs. ...


Line of succession

Main article: Line of succession to the Norwegian Throne The order of succession to the Norwegian throne is described in article 6 in the Constitution of Norway: [...] For those born before the year 1971, Article 6 of the Constitution as it was passed on 18 November 1905 shall, however, apply. ...


Until 1990, only males could inherit the Norwegian throne (Salic law). In 1990, the succession law was changed so that the eldest child would succeed to the throne, regardless of gender (equal primogeniture). This change only affects those born in 1990 or later. For those born between 1971 and 1990, females were given succession rights, but their brothers would be before them in the line of succession (primogeniture). Females born before 1971 would still be exluded from the succession. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Primogeniture is the common tradition of inheritance by the first-born of the entirety of a parents wealth, estate or office; or in the absence of children, by collateral relatives, in order of seniority of the collateral line. ... Primogeniture is the common tradition of inheritance by the first-born of the entirety of a parents wealth, estate or office; or in the absence of children, by collateral relatives, in order of seniority of the collateral line. ...


In practice this means that Princess Märtha Louise, despite being older than the Crown Prince, is placed after him and his children in the line. Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid are not in the line of succession: they were born before 1971, so Salic Law applies to them. However, Princess Ingrid Alexandra will be placed before her brother, because she was born after 1990.


The current line of succession includes:

  1. HRH The Crown Prince
  2. HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra
  3. Prince Sverre Magnus
  4. Princess Märtha Louise
  5. Maud Angelica Behn
  6. Leah Isadora Behn

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway was born July 20, 1973 in Oslo. ... Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway was born January 21, 2004 at 9:13am in Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo. ... Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (born 3 December 2005 in Oslo) is the second child of Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway and Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway. ... Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (born September 22, 1971) is the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. ... Maud Angelica Behn was born 29 April 2003 at Norways National Hospital, Rikshospitalet, in Oslo. ... Leah Isadora Behn (born April 8, 2005) is the second daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and husband Ari Behn. ...

Notes

1In 2002, the King (with Princess Märtha Louise's consent) removed Princess Märtha Louise's style of Her Royal Highness. This was meant to loosen connections with the Royal Family and her business life. However, she retains her place in the line of succession and still carries out royal duties on behalf of the King (though they are reduced).


External links

  • Official Site of the Norwegian Royal Family (in english)
  • Aftenposten News: The Royals

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