The invitation of the season: the beautiful heiress to the Norwegian throne celebrates her 18th birthday with an official gala
The eldest daughter of Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit, the 18-year-old will make history when she ascends the throne, becoming Norway’s first female monarch in 600 years. Even more memorably, she will do so before her younger brother Prince Sverre Magnus after her grandfather, King Harald, changed inheritance laws before she was born to ensure that all first daughters had priority over their brothers and sisters. She also has an older half-brother, Marius Borg Høiby, who is her mother’s son from a previous relationship.
Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s actual birthday falls in January, but an earlier gala, which was due to take place at Oslo’s new Deichman Bjørvika library, has been postponed due to Covid-19. Instead, she joined her grandfather for a cabinet meeting at the Royal Palace and released a series of new portraits, marking her coming of age.
The princess was educated alongside her half-brother at a local primary school in Oslo, with her parents hoping she would have as normal a life as possible. It’s only in recent years that she’s begun to take on more official duties, including showing the Duchess of Cambridge the sculpture park that bears her name in 2018, when she was 15. She is known for being an avid surfer (winning a gold medal at the national championships in 2020) as well as a kickboxer and skier.