Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (born 21 January 2004) is the elder child of Crown Prince Haakon and second in line to succeed her grandfather, King Harald V on the Norwegian throne. A member of the House of Glücksburg, she is expected to become Norway’s second female monarch, after the 15th-century Queen Margaret.
Born at 9:13 am in Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo, Princess Ingrid Alexandra is the first child of Crown Prince Haakon, heir apparent to the throne, and the second granddaughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. Her mother, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, has a son named Marius Borg Høiby, born in 1997 from a previous relationship. Following Ingrid Alexandra’s birth, the already well-regarded royal family experienced an upsurge of popularity.
Ingrid Alexandra was christened by Bishop Gunnar Stålsett in the chapel of the Royal Palace on 17 April 2004. Her paternal grandfather the King, her aunt Princess Märtha Louise, the Crown Prince of Denmark, the Crown Princess of Sweden, the then Prince of Asturias, and her maternal grandmother Marit Tjessem were her godparents. The Crown Prince of Denmark and The Prince of Asturias were unable to attend the christening due to their respective weddings scheduled to occur within a month of the christening.
Ingrid Alexandra started her first day of school on 19 August 2010 at Jansløkka elementary school, a local state school attended by her half-brother. She is the first member of the Norwegian royal family to attend a local school. Other members of the family were sent to Oslo to attend schools there. Her parents chose the school because they want her to have as ordinary a childhood as possible. Newspaper reports said Princess Ingrid Alexandra would walk to school with her half-brother and local citizens could expect to see her occasionally out in the community with her classmates on school outings. School officials hope to make the school a place where the princess can make friends and enjoy some relief from public scrutiny. On 17 June 2014, the Norwegian Royal Family notified the public that from the start of the 2014–2015 school year, Princess Ingrid Alexandra would transfer to the private English-language Oslo International School, reportedly because her parents wanted her to be fluent in English. Her younger brother Sverre Magnus, was to transfer to Oslo’s Montessori school.
On 19 June 2010, Ingrid Alexandra served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of her godmother, the Crown Princess of Sweden. In December 2012, the Princess attended an interview with her father by a Norwegian television programme in aid of Environmental Agents, the children’s environmental organization. Her mother was supposed to attend, but the Crown Prince attended instead as the Crown Princess was ill. She has taken part in traditional celebrations of the Constitution Day, as well as the traditional ski jumping tournament at Holmenkollen in Oslo.
On 4 May 2015, Princess Ingrid Alexandra christened the Norwegian Rescue Company’s new lifeboat, Elias that she has been made godmother.
On 12 February 2016, the Princess and her grandfather played roles during the opening ceremony in Lillehammer. While the King declared open the Games, the Princess lit the cauldron. Her father the Crown Prince Haakon did the same thing 22 years ago, during the opening of the Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994.