Line of succession to the Norwegian throne
The line of succession to the Norwegian throne is a sequence of people entitled to ascend the Norwegian throne.
Law of succession
In 1990, the Norwegian constitution was altered, introducing absolute primogeniture. Since this was not done retroactively, it applies to King Harald V's grandchildren, but not to his children. Thus, the King's son Haakon continues to take precedence over the King's older child, Princess Märtha Louise.
The order of succession to the Norwegian throne is described in article 6 in the Constitution of Norway. Only descendants of the reigning monarch and the reigning monarch's siblings and their descendants are entitled to succeed to the throne.
Agnatic primogeniture still applies to those born before 1971. Therefore, Harald V's sister Astrid (b. 1932) and her descendants, along with descendants of Harald V's eldest sister Ragnhild (1930–2012), are excluded from the line of succession. Under the male-preference cognatic primogeniture applying to those born between 1971 and 1990, Princess Märtha Louise (b. 1971) places behind her younger brother Haakon and his descendants.
Line of succession