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Only 16 guests to attend Prince Sverre Magnus’s confirmation: here is the list

Julia Naglestad / Det kongelige hoff

On Saturday, September 5th 2020, the confirmation of Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, the only son of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, will take place.

The 14-year-old will be confirmed during a service in Asker church. The service starts at 4 pm will be broadcast live by Norway’s two biggest TV-channels, NRK and TV2. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a ceiling of 200 people in Asker church, and the Prince will only have 16 guests present for the ceremony.

Only Norwegian guests will participate in Prince Sverre Magnus’s confirmation. According to the Norwegian Telegram Agency, this is the guest list:

  • HM King Harald V and HM Queen Sonja
  • HRH Crown Prince Haakon and HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit
  • HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra
  • Marius Borg Høiby, son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and his girlfriend, Juliane Snekkestad.
  • Marit Tjessem, mother of Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
  • Princess Märtha Louise
  • Per Høiby
  • Kristin Høiby
  • Leah Isadora Behn
  • Julia Høiby
  • Espen Høiby
  • Bjørn Stensland
  • Marianne Gjellestad

None of his godparents based outside Norway will attend the ceremony. The Norwegian Royal Family has decided to follow the recommendations in connection to COVID-19, issued by the Norwegian government, to celebrate the confirmation only with close family members.

Last autumn, Princess Ingrid Alexandra was confirmed. The heir to the throne received a bunad from East Telemark as a gift from the royal couple. The Norwegian government gave her a nature reserve named after her “Prinsesseåsen nature reserve” on Bygdøy, and the Parliament gave her hiking equipment.

The Norwegian government – has this week confirmed to the press that they have bought a confirmation gift for the Prince, but it is natural that the prince himself is the first to know what it is. After he has received it, the government will announce what the gift is.

Prince Sverre Magnus was carried to his baptism in 2006 by his grandmother, Queen Sonja, who was also one of his godparents. His other sponsors are Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Rosario Nadal, Espen Høiby, Bjørn Andersen-Steinsland and Marianne Gjellestad.

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.