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Princess Ingrid in military uniform for National Day balcony appearance

Princess Ingrid Alexandra donned a military uniform for the first time at the Norwegian Royal Family’s National Day celebrations.

Norway celebrated its Constitution Day with the traditional children’s parade in front of the royals.

At the Skaugum Estate of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, the royals were joined by Princess Ingrid Alexandra and appeared in their bunads to greet the young people.

Then in Oslo, King Harald and Queen Sonja led the celebrations from the balcony of the Royal Palace for another children’s parade. While the King and Queen and Crown Prince Couple were in morning suits and day dresses, Princess Ingrid Alexandra was in a military uniform.

Notably absent from the National Day celebrations was Prince Sverre Magnus, who is participating in graduation activities with his high school class this week.

The future queen of Norway joined the country’s Armed Forces in January, training with the Engineer Battalion in Brigade Nord.

The Norwegian Royal Court confirmed to the state broadcaster NRK that Princess Ingrid Alexandra was wearing the Parade Outfit Type 3 “worn with the department badge of Brigade Nord, as well as symbols…belonging to the Engineer Battalion,” according to the NRK.

The Norwegian Royal Court shared photos from National Day on their social media accounts, writing: “Brilliant spring sun, blooming lilacs and verry green birch trees. With a perfect frame during the day, the Royal Family could greet children from 120 schools from the Castle balcony.

“Princess Ingrid Alexandra is serving the first time service and posed in uniform on the balcony this year.”

The royal is undertaking 12 months of military training with the Engineer Battalion, which works “with defence facilities, bridges and other constructions and CBRN” according to the Norwegian military’s website.

While she trains, Princess Ingrid Alexandra is referred to as Recruit Alexandra—the Norwegian royals do not use surnames in the military.

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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.