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Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway celebrates 13th birthday

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway is now a teenager. The second-in-line to the Norwegian throne turns 13-years-old today. She is celebrating privately with her family today.

As expected, the Royal Court of Norway released four new images of the young Princess in celebration of her birthday. They were taken by Cornelius Poppe in December. They can be viewed at this link.

She was born on 21 January 2004 at 9:13 am local time in Oslo University Hospital. She is the first child of Crown Prince Haakon and second child of Crown Princess Mette-Marit. The Crown Princess has a son, Marius Borg Høiby (b. 13 January 1997), from a previous relationship. Ingrid Alexandra has a younger brother, Prince Sverre Magnus (b. 3 December 2005), as well.

She was christened by Bishop Gunnar Stålsett in the Palace Chapel on 17 April 2004. Her godparents are His Majesty The King; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who she would serve as a bridesmaid during Victoria’s 2010 wedding; Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; King Felipe of Spain, then Prince of Asturias; Princess Märtha Louise, her paternal aunt; and Marit Tjessem, her maternal grandmother.

From the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, the Princess began studying at the private English-language Oslo International School. This decision was made to help her become fluent in the English language.

Her Royal Highness has taken part in several official events alongside her family. She gave an interview alongside her father on a Norwegian television programme to help a children’s environmental organisation: Environmental Agents. Last February, she took part, with King Harald, in the opening ceremony for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. She also participates in Norway’s Constitution Day each year with her family.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra in 2005. Photo: Jo Michael, The Royal Court, Norway

Princess Ingrid Alexandra is second in line to the Norwegian throne behind her father. When she takes the throne, as expected, she will be Norway’s second queen regnant after Queen Margaret – who reigned in the 15th century. She is also the first female born in the Norwegian Royal Family who could not be superseded by any younger brothers for her place in the line of succession. In 1990, the Constitution of Norway was changed to absolute primogeniture allowing the eldest child, no matter their gender, to become monarch.

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