Princess Astrid Maud Ingeborg, Mrs. Ferner (born 12 February 1932, in Oslo, Norway) is the second daughter of King Olav V of Norway (1903–1991) and his wife, Princess Märtha of Sweden (1901–1954). She is the older sister of King Harald V of Norway (born 1937) and younger sister of Princess Ragnhild of Norway (1930–2012).
As she is a great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, she is in the line of succession to the British throne. She is a second cousin to Elizabeth II and a maternal first cousin once removed of King Philippe of Belgium.
Princess Astrid was christened in the Palace Chapel on 31 March 1932 and her godparents were: her paternal grandparents, King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway; her maternal grandparents, Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden; her maternal aunt, Princess Astrid of Belgium; Elizabeth, Duchess of York; Princess Thyra of Denmark; Prince Eugen of Sweden; and Prince George of the United Kingdom. The Princess grew up on the royal estate of Skaugum in Asker and was privately educated. During World War II, she joined her family fleeing the Nazis and spent the war with her mother, brother and sister in exile in Washington, DC.
After the war, the Princess studied economics and political history at Oxford.
From her mother’s death in April 1954 until her brother’s marriage in August 1968, Princess Astrid was the First Lady of Norway, working side-by-side with her father on all representation duties, including State Visits.
Princess Astrid raised her family in Vinderen; she now lives in Nordmarka, Oslo. Her hobbies include knitting, embroidery, reading and painting porcelain.
In 2005, she took part in ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, including the unveiling of a plaque marking the Norwegian monarch’s exile in London.
In February 2012, Princess Astrid celebrated her 80th birthday with a private dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo.
The Princess married divorced commoner Johan Martin Ferner (22 July 1927—24 January 2015), a sailor, Olympic medalist and businessman in Asker on 12 January 1961. The wedding was conducted by Bishop Arne Fjellbu of Nidaros. The couple had four young attendants: the bride’s niece and nephew Ingeborg and Haakon Lorentzen, and the bridegroom’s nieces Inger and Ellen Ferner.
The couple have five children:
Cathrine Ferner (b. 22 July 1962, Oslo), married 9 December 1989 in Oslo, Arild Johansen (b. 18 June 1961, Oslo), and has two children:
Sebastian Ferner Johansen (b. 9 March 1990, Oslo).
Madeleine Ferner Johansen (b. 7 March 1993, Oslo).
Benedikte Ferner (b. 27 September 1963, Oslo), married, firstly 30 April 1994 in Oslo (divorced 1998), Rolf Woods (b. 17 June 1963, Oslo), without issue; married, secondly, on 2 December 2000, in Oslo (separated 2002), Mons Einar Stange (b. 26 May 1962, Oslo), without issue.
Alexander Ferner (b. 15 March 1965, Oslo), married 27 July 1996, Holmenkollen Kapell, near Oslo, Margrét Gudmundsdóttir (b. 27 March 1966, Reykjavík, Iceland), and has two children:
Edward Ferner (b. 28 March 1996, Bærum, Norway).
Stella Ferner (b. 23 April 1998, Bærum, Norway).
Elisabeth Ferner (b. 30 March 1969, Oslo), married 3 October 1992 in Oslo, Tom Folke Beckmann (b. 1963, Oslo), and has one son:
Benjamin Ferner Beckmann (b. 25 April 1999, Oslo).
Carl-Christian Ferner (b. 22 October 1972, Oslo), married 4 October 2014 in Oslo, Anna-Stina Slattum (b. ca 1984). He works for the family business, Ferner Jacobsen AS.