Crown Prince Haakon & Mette-Marit Tjessem-Høiby

The marriage of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem-Høiby - August 25, 2001


Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway was born on July 20, 1973 in Oslo. He is the second child of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway. Although Norwegian law was changed so that the first born child becomes heir to the throne, this was not done retroactively, meaning that Haakon will become king upon his father’s death, instead of his older sister, Princess Märtha Louise.

Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby was born on August 19, 1973 in Kristiansand, Norway. She was granted the title Crown Princess of Norway on her marriage to Crown Prince Haakon.

Haakon and Mette-Marit have three children:

Princess Ingrid Alexandra, born on January 21, 2004 in Oslo, Prince Sverre Magnus, born on December 3, 2005 in Oslo, and Marius Borg Høiby, Mette-Marit’s son from a previous relationship, born on January 13, 1997. 


The engagement

haakon_mette_marit_engagementCrown Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby got engaged on December 1, 2000.

The engagement was announced by King Harald. The couple held a press conference at the Royal Palace in Oslo, where the Crown Prince announced the wedding date was set for August 25, 2001.

The relationship between the Crown Prince and Mette-Marit had been controversial. Mette-Marit was a single parent, whose former partner (and father of her son Marius) had been convicted of drug dealing. Crown Prince Haakon himself announced his relationship months before their engagement in a television interview, and Mette-Marit and Marius moved in with Haakon when he bought a new apartment in the center of Oslo.

Haakon presented his bride-to-be with a historic engagement ring that belonged to Princess Märtha, and had also been given to Queen Sonja by King Harald on the occasion of their engagement.


After initial misgivings due to Mette-Marit’s past, Norway reacted positively to the engagement, according to polls.


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