Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway turns 48 years old today. The Crown Princess is not in the habit of celebrating the day in public. The only public celebrations of the Crown Princess’ birthday this year will be that all public buildings will fly the Norwegian flag. At 12 o’clock, the Norwegian Armed Forces celebrates the day with a 21 gun salute from all national fortifications.
Next week, however, there will be more events to be celebrated. Instead of celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary themselves, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess have chosen instead to mark the 20th anniversary of the fund they created with the gift from the government to their wedding on August 25, 2001. The Crown Prince Couple’s Fund works for the inclusion of young people in society.
On August 24th 2021, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will visit “UngInvest” in Modum, one of the projects that has received support from the fund. On the anniversary itself, August 25th 2021, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess invite young people from the fund to their home, the Skaugum Estate to mark the 20th anniversary with a lunch.
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway was born Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on 19 August 1973 in Kristiansand in southern Norway. She is the daughter of journalist Sven Olaf Bjarte Høiby and bank clerk Marit Tjessem. Mette-Marit married Crown Prince Haakon on 25 August 2001. Together with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, the Crown Princess has two children Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra, born in 2004, and His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus, born in 2005. The Crown Princess has an older son, Marius, from a previous relationship.