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Royal godparents to miss Prince Sverre Magnus’ confirmation


Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

It has been confirmed that the confirmation of Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway will take place without the presence of the Prince’s royal godparents. The son of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will be confirmed on Saturday, 5 September 2020.

Earlier this week, the Norwegian Royal Court released new details on the confirmation of Prince Sverre Magnus. The grandson of King Harald and Queen Sonja will be confirmed in a Lutheran Christian ceremony on 5 September 2020 at Asker Church. Last year, the Prince’s older sister, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, was confirmed in the chapel at the Royal Palace of Oslo.

Traditionally, the godparents of the confirmands attend the religious ceremony. However, Prince Sverre Magnus will not be able to count on his foreign royal godparents. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will not be able to support her godson in person as she would have to endure a 10-day quarantine in Norway before being able to attend the confirmation. Nor will Crown Prince Pavlos or Princess Rosario of Bulgaria attend the Prince’s confirmation. 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.

Luckily, Prince Sverre Magnus will not be confirmed without any godparents by his side. His godmother, who is also his grandmother, Queen Sonja of Norway; his uncle Espen Høiby; Bjørn Stensland and Marianne Gjellestad will attend the confirmation ceremony at Asker Church. The Norwegian Royal Court has confirmed the news. Other attendants will be the members of the Norwegian Royal Family and the Høiby family.

At the confirmation ceremony of his sister Princess Ingrid Alexandra last year, several foreign royals were in attendance. Godfathers King Felipe VI of Spain and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, as well as godmother Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, witnessed the confirmation.

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.