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Thousands sign Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s congratulations protocol

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Today, Princess Ingrid Alexandra will be confirmed, but all week, this has been discussed in various Norwegian and international media. The festivities began on Friday when thousands of Norwegians signed the congratulations protocol to congratulate the young princess on her confirmation.

On the occasion of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s confirmation, the Royal Court opened the Royal Palace to receive the people. In a small room just to the right of the entrance lies the “protocol chamber”. Here, the Royal Court opened the doors to the public to sign their names from 3 pm to 6 pm. Members of the Norwegian government signed the protocol during the weekly state council while the diplomatic corps signed the protocol when the state council was over.

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Those who do not have the opportunity to go to the Royal Palace can use the electronic protocol which will be published the Royal Family’s website. It will be available from 3 pm on Friday, August 30, until midnight on the actual day of the confirmation, 31 August 2019.

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Yesterday, the Royal Court did something unique. The people were able to write in the protocol book in a completely different way than usual. Usually, a separate room is used, the so-called protocol room; this did not happen this time. Instead, the huge hall in the entrance to the palace was taken into use. This way, several people could write at the same time before leaving the palace at the back. The protocol itself was replaced with sheets, embossed with the Princess’s monogram in gold, which will later be bound together to form a protocol.

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Earlier this week, Royal Central reported that King Harald and Queen Sonja’s special confirmation gift to Princess Ingrid Alexandra was a Norwegian national costume, also called a “bunad”. The costume is a reconstructed women’s bunad from Aust-Telemark. The Princess has chosen elements for the costume, and Her Majesty the Queen has taken an active part in the project. The Princess will use the costume for the first time on her confirmation day, this Saturday, August 31st.

On Saturday, the confirmation service will be performed by Oslo’s bishop, Kari Veiteberg and Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien. Princess Ingrid Alexandra, the elder child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, was baptised in the Palace Church in April 2004. She was carried into her christening by her grandfather, King Harald V – he was also one of her godparents. Her other godparents are King Felipe VI of Spain, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Marit Tjessem. Many of them will attend the confirmation on Saturday.

Royal Central will give you the latest from the confirmation in Oslo this Saturday; stay tuned.

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.