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Norway

Princess Ingrid Alexandra to undertake military training

Princess Ingrid Alexandra will spend a calendar year serving in the Norwegian military, the Royal Court announced on 26 June.

The future queen, who graduated from Elvebakken Upper Secondary School last week, will spend the autumn working at a school before beginning a full 12 months of military service at the Skjold Camp in Indre Troms, which is home to the Engineer Battalion, where she will serve.

The Norwegian Royal Court announced that Princess Ingrid Alexandra would work as a school assistant and environmental worker at the Uranineborg School in the autumn months before joining the Engineer Battalion in the Brigade Nord.

“After the recruitment period, the Princess is assigned a service position, and completes a professional period with more specific education followed by a departmental period of training and practice,” the Royal Court announced.

According to the Norwegian military’s website, members of the Engineer Battalion are specialists “who, among other things, work with defence facilities, bridges and other constructions and CBRN.”

The Engineer Battalion works to remove obstacles and helps with mobility—or anti-mobility, in some cases—and advancing; they also help with protection and fortification, as well as camouflage.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra graduated from Elvebakken on 20 June with her parents, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, in attendance.

A month earlier, she released a message to her fellow graduates: “Now we are approaching the end of a period of 13 years of ups and downs!”

She continued: “We must not forget to celebrate, because we have come a long way. I hope you are as proud as I am of how much we have learned and developed since the first day of school in the first grade.”

The sovereign of Norway is also commander-in-chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces, and as Norway’s future queen, Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s military service will be integral to her future duties.

Her military news comes on the same day that Denmark’s Crown Prince and Princess announced that Prince Christian’s allowance will be pushed to his 21st birthday in 2026 or if he becomes Crown Prince sooner and that his future educational plans will be announced later this year.

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Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.