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Crown Princess Mette Marit breaks her coccyx in ski accident


Photo: Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

Crown Princess Mette Marit has broken her coccyx (tailbone). This happened during a ski accident just before the celebration of Christmas. The news has not been confirmed by the Royal Court but was published by the Norwegian magazine “Se og Hør” on Tuesday this week.

According to the magazine the Crown Princess injured herself on a ski slope a few days before Christmas Eve. According to the weekly magazine, this resulted in a fracture of the tailbone and a night in hospital. According to the magazine, Crown Princess Mette-Marit was accompanied by her daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra when the accident took place. The skis of the Crown Princess hooked into each other, and it’s thought that Mette-Marit then lost her balance and fell to the ground. Then followed a trip to the hospital, where the Crown Princess is said to have spent the night.

The accident happened in connection with a private visit to the royal cabin in Uvdal, where the Crown Prince’s family spent time before they went home to Skaugum to celebrate Christmas. On January 5th 2021, several Norwegian newspapers asked for a comment from the Royal Court. Guri Varpe, Head of Communications at the Palace, does not wish to comment on the matter.

The Crown Prince’s family have celebrated Christmas in Uvdal for several years, but this year the entire royal family was gathered for a celebration in the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’ home at the Skaugum estate. Both the King, Queen, the Crown Prince Family and the family of Princess Märtha Louise were present to celebrate together.

In 2018, Mette-Marit was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that affects the lungs over time. After the Royal House announced her diagnosis, it was revealed that Mette-Marit’s official engagements would be dependent on her health and medical treatment and that she would be treated at the Oslo University Hospital. When King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon visited Gjerdrum last week after the catastrophic landslide there, the Crown Princess was not present. Many people wondered if this was due to her lung disease. Now we know that this was due to the fracture of the tailbone.

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.