Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway Was Confirmed In A Grand Ceremony—Here Are 5 Things To Know About The 15-Year-Old Royal
Last weekend, a royal celebration was held at the Royal Palace’s chapel in Oslo, Norway for the confirmation of Princess Ingrid Alexandra, the daughter of Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon.
A special church service to reaffirm Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s faith in the Lutheran church, the ceremony is considered to be a rite of passage for most Norwegian youth.
The confirmation was led by the Bishop of Oslo, Kari Veiteberg and Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien and attended by the entire Norwegian royal family, including her grandparents King Harald V and Queen Sonja. Royals from Spain, Sweden, and Denmark were also in attendance—some of whom are the 15-year-old royal’s godparents.
Here are five things to know about the young princess and her royal celebration.
1/5 She is in line to become Norway's second female monarch
The eldest child of Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Ingrid Alexandra is second in line to the Norwegian throne, when she will become the country’s second female monarch since Queen Margaret I’s reign in the 15th century.
Descended from Queen Maud—King Edward VII’s daughter—the princess is also in the line of succession to the British throne, though she is too far down the line to be listed.
2/5 The confirmation is a royal obligation
While a confirmation service is a matter of choice for Norwegian youths, the Norwegian royal family is required by the Constitution to be Lutherans, which is why Princess Ingrid Alexandra is obligated to confirm her faith. This is even more so because she is a direct heir to the throne, after her father Crown Prince Haakon.
Lutheranism is a branch of Western Christianity, which identifies with the teachings of 16th-century German reformer Martin Luther.
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3/5 She has very impressive godparents
In royal tradition, children are known to have five to six godparents to give them guidance in life. For Princess Ingrid Alexandra, her godparents include paternal grandfather King Harald V of Norway, maternal grandmother Marit Tjessem, her aunt Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, as well as King Felipe VI of Spain; Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark; and Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden—all of whom were present for the occasion.
4/5 She wore a gift from the King and Queen for the ceremony
King Harald V and Queen Sonja’s confirmation gift to Princess Ingrid Alexandra was a Norwegian national costume, which she wore for the ceremony. Called an Aust-Telemark bunad, both the Queen and Princess Ingrid Alexandra played a part in choosing the traditional patterns and colours.
Another special piece was the silver Maja brooch adorning the dress, which Queen Sonja had shared in her speech, was reproduced based on a brooch that belonged to her grandmother, Maja.
5/5 The government gave her a nature reserve as a confirmation gift
As Queen Sonja noted in her speech at the reception, Princess Ingrid Alexandra had always “had a focus on the need to protect nature”, so the Norwegian government’s gift to her couldn’t have been more suitable.
To celebrate her confirmation, the Hengsåsen nature reserve at Bygdøy in Oslo has been renamed to Prinsesseåsen nature reserve, which directly translates to “The Princess’ Hill”.
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