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The royal guests at the wedding of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway


Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

When Crown Prince Haakon of Norway wed his commoner bride, Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, on 25 August 2001, Norwegian royals, foreign royals, friends and government officials were in the congregation.

As the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway mark their 20th wedding anniversary, we take a look at the royal guests at the first big royal wedding of the 21st century.

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From the Norwegian Royal Family, there was King Harald, Queen Sonja, Princess Märtha Louise, Princess Ragnhild and her husband Erling, and Princess Astrid and her husband, Johan.

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From outside Norway, there were representatives from Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Belgium sent then King Albert, Queen Paola and the Duke of Brabant (now King Philippe). From Denmark, Queen Margrethe, Prince Joachim and then Princess Alexandra, Princess Benedikte and her husband Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and their three children. They also sent Count Flemming Valdemar and Countess Ruth of Rosenborg. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was also present as Crown Prince Haakon’s best man.

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King Constantine, Queen Anne-Marie, Princess Alexia and her husband, and Prince Nikolaos attended in representation of the deposed Greek Royal Family.

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The tiny country of Luxembourg was represented by the late Grand Duke Jean and late Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla.

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The Principality of Monaco was represented by the Hereditary Prince Albert (now Sovereign Prince Albert), who attended in place of his father, Prince Rainier. The Prince of Orange (now King Willem-Alexander) and his fiancée, Máxima Zorreguieta (now Queen), represented Queen Beatrix; they were joined by Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien.

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Queen Sofía of Spain attended on behalf of her husband, King Juan Carlos. Their son, the Prince of Asturias (now King Felipe), accompanied his mother.

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Neighbouring Sweden (and close family) sent several members: King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Prince Carl and Princess Kristine Bernadotte. The latter two were the Crown Prince of Norway’s paternal great uncle and great aunt.

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While The Queen did not personally attend, the Prince of Wales made the trip to Norway alongside his younger brother and sister-in-law, the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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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.