The future of the Norwegian monarchy is about to legally become an adult, and the Royal Household has formally announced her first official engagements.
In anticipation of her 18th birthday, on the 21st of January, Princess Ingrid Alexandra features on the Royal Agenda with three engagements scheduled for the 20th.
At 10am, the Princess will visit the Storting, the Norwegian Parliament, where she will be informed about the Parliament’s work by Storting Chairman Masud Gharahkhani.
At 11:15am, she is scheduled to visit the Supreme Court, where she will also receive an explanation of the functioning of the institution.
And finally, at 12:30pm, she will visit the office of the Prime Minister, where she will hold a meeting with the current office holder Jonas Gahr Støre, as well as other members of his government, and will be shown the daily activities of the government and the various ministries.
The Princess will turn 18 on the next day, and all celebrations for the occasion (which included a gala dinner) have been postponed indefinitely due to the current health crisis. This was also seen as a response to the backlash the Dutch royals received when it came to light that the Princess of Orange held celebrations for her 18th birthday that united more people than it was advised under the country’s pandemic prevention measures.
Princess Ingrid Alexandra is the second in line to the Norwegian throne after her father, Crown Prince Haakon. She will be only the second female to ever be monarch in the country, after Queen Margaret held the position between 1388 and 1412. Back then, all Scandinavian countries were under the rule of one monarch.
She was born on the 21st of January 2004, and christened on the 17th of April of the same year, with an A-list of royal godparents: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and then-Prince Felipe of Spain (now King).