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Norway

A ‘dream’ dress and a present of sparking diamonds for the 21st century’s first royal bride

Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby walked into Oslo Cathedral as a modern-day Cinderella on 25 August 2001. She didn’t choose a stereotypical ‘princess’ type of wedding gown, instead opting for a more subtle and understated gown by Ove Harder Finseth. Finseth and seamstress Anna Bratland worked together to create the gown.

Mette-Marit worked with the designer to create a gown that was an interpretation of the fashion that Queen Maud once wore as a way of paying tribute to her husband-to-be’s great-grandmother.

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The custom made dress was made of white silk crepe and tulle with a square cut top, long sleeves, corset waist, and a skirt that slightly flared out. The gown featured a six-metre (20 foot) silk tulle veil which was longer than the two-metre train on the dress. The long veil was held in place by the Diamond Daisy Tiara that was gifted to her by her new in-laws, King Harald and Queen Sonja.

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The dress was praised in the Norwegian media after the wedding with Aftenposten saying it was “a dream in silk and tulle.” Designer Tine Solheim told VG that the dress was the perfect dress for Mette-Marit’s personality: “The dress was completely Mette-Marit. It is completely simple and clean, and it harmonizes with the bride.”

Mette-Marit may have walked in as a commoner, but she exited the cathedral as the Crown Princess of Norway – looking every inch the princess she had just become.

There is more on this historic royal wedding in our book. Royal Weddings: A Collection is available on Amazon as an ebook or paperback.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.