Crown Prince Haakon was the son of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. His older sister, Princess Märtha Louise, was born on September 22, 1971. Prince Haakon was born July 20, 1973. We have no information about the children's childhood or the clothes they wore as children, It is Crown Prince Haakon who is in line to inherit the crown. Prince Haakon married Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on August 25, 2001. She had a boy named Marius from a previous marriage. A news report indicated that he divorced husband has a drug conviction. In previous years a marriage to a divorced commoner would have been impossible. Such marriages have become common among European royalty. Similar marriages hae occurred in other countries (Manoco, the Netherlands, and Spain). The royal couple now have a daughter named Ingrid seen here (figure 1).
The Scandinavian royal families are closely linked. There are close ties to the Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish royal families. (Finland which sometimes is classified as a Scandinavian state is a republic. The Norwegian royal family is also toed to the British rfoyal family. King Haakon VII was the second son of King Frederik VIII (Denmark). His wife, Queen Maud, mother of King Olav, was the daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra (Britain). (Thus one of the many descendents of Queen Victoria.) King Edward's wife Alexandra was a Danish pribcess. King Olav's wife, Märtha, was the second daughter of Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg (Sweeden) Crown Prince Haakon's mother, Queen Sonja, comes from an Oslo family and was married to Crown Prince Harald in 1968. Crown Prince Haakon broken the tradition of royal marriages by marrying a commoner.
Crown Prince Haakon was the son of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. The Norwegian royal family began with Crown Prince Haakon's great grandfather, Haakon VII, who became king when Norway was created with the dissolution of the union with Sweden (1905).
His older sister, Princess Märtha Louise, was born on September 22, 1971.
Prince Haakon was born July 20, 1973. He is the fourth generation of the very young Norwegian royal family. King Olav announced that the Prince would be called Haakon Magnus. Many Norwegian kings have been named Magnus and Haakon. The Crown Prince uses only his first name, Haakon. Prince Haakon was christened in the Palace chapel (September 20, 1973). His godparents included the three Scandinavian monarchs (King Olav of Norway, King Carl Gustav of Sweden and Queen Margrethe of Denmark). The royal children (Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Märtha Louise) were raised at their father's childhood home, Skaugum estate. It is located in a beautiful setting about 20 kilometres south-west of Oslo. The children's parents wanted them to have a normal childhood and upbringing. They were raised at home and went to the local state schools.
We have no information about the children's childhood or the clothes they wore as children,
Prince Haakon was not sent to exclusive private schools. His parents wanted the children to be raised out of the lime light. They were sent to the local state schools, the municipal nursery school and local primary and secondary schools. Crown Prince Haakon finished upper secondary school, the Kristelig Gymnasium (1992). He worked on general studies, with a focus on business economics and law.
The Crown Prince did his military service with the Navy. Only 2 weeks after graduating from secondry school, Prince Haakon reported to the naval training school, KNM Harald Hårfagre, at Madlamoen near Stavanger. There were 5 weeks of basic training after which he participated in a 1-year program at the Officers Candidate School/Navy at Horten. Then he began studying at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen. He them serve a year of internship as a sub-lieutenant on one of the naval vessel KNM Lom (1995).
It is Crown Prince Haakon who is in line to inherit the crown. The Crown Prince is younger than his sister, but the Crown Prince is the heir to the throne. According to the Norwegian Constitution, Norway now has a linear succession,. The uccession erlier was agnatic (male preference). Norway changed the Constitution so that females can also reign, but this apples only to those born before 1990. Thus Princess Märtha Louise will only accede to the throne if Prince Haakon were to die before having any children.
Prince Haakon married Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on August 25, 2001. A news report indicated that her divorced husband has a drug conviction. In previous years a marriage to a divorced commoner would have been impossible. Such marriages have become common among European royalty. Similar marriages hae occurred in other countries (Manoco, the Netherlands, and Spain).
The royal family has two children. Princess Mette-Mari had a boy named Marius from a previous marriage. The royal couple now have a daughter named Ingrid seen here (figure 1).
Crown Prince Haakon had his 18th birthday came of age in 1991. He then participated in a meeting of the Norwegian Council of State for the first time. He represented his father King Harald who was representing Norway at Expo '92 in Seville, Spain.
Crown Prince Haakon grew up in the beautiful Norwegian countryside. He developed an interest in sports from an early age. Like his father and grandfather, he loves to sail. He also enjoys skiing, cycling and paragliding. He also his sister is concerned with culture and art, and enjoys the theater. His favorite playwrite is of course Henrik Ibsen, the great Norwegian writer. His preferences in music are reported to be eclectic.
The Norwegian monarchy is popular in Norway. Elsewhere in Europe, the future of monarchies is uncertain. This is in part due to the sandaleous behavior of members of the royal families. The breakup of Charles and Dianne in Britain badly hurt the monarchy their. Tabloid newspapers lobe to report on the misdeeds of the royals. Norwegians seem to be devoted to their constitutional monarchy. King Haakon VII (1905-57), his son Olav V (1957-91) and his son, Harald V (1991-) all chose the motto Alt for Norge! (All for Norway!).
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