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Crown Prince Haakon removed the beard – this is the reason why

Earlier this week, more than 30 royals from all over Europe gathered to celebrate King Harald and Queen Sonja, as they both celebrate 80 years this year. Perhaps their son, Crown Prince Haakon, received the most attention during the gala dinner that was held on Tuesday. Suddenly, the Crown Prince disappeared from the hall; when he returned 30 minutes later, he had removed his beard.

While Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were on their way to dinner in the Norwegian Opera on Wednesday, the press asked, “Where is the beard?” A smiling Crown Prince said, “Gone.” The Crown Princess added, “He looks good.”

Many were curious as to why Crown Prince Haakon had shaved off his entire beard. Royal experts from Norway wondered if the Crown Prince had lost a bet and therefore removed the beard. Safe sources have now revealed to Norwegian TV2 that this was not the case.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

Crown Prince Haakon shaved his beard just because he wanted to give his mother and father, the King and Queen, a good laugh. The beard shaving was a stunt to create laughter and joy among the guests. This he did very well, and Prime Minister Erna Solberg told the  press on Wednesday that she was also very surprised that the beard was gone and she thought it was very fun.

We have not seen a beardless Crown Prince Haakon since the wedding with Mette-Marit in 2001. Crown Prince Haakon was beardless during the wedding but used the honeymoon to grow a beard. The Crown Prince has had his beard for the past 16 years.

So, King Harald and Queen Sonja got a beardless son as a gift for their 80th birthday, just the way he looked when he lived with them at Skaugum when King Harald and Queen Sonja were Norway’s Crown Prince Couple. The children of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit have never seen their father without a beard, before now.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.