Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen

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Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen
Spouse Erling Lorentzen
(m. 1953-2012; her death)
Issue Haakon Lorentzen
Ingeborg Lorentzen
Ragnhild Lorentzen
Full name
Ragnhild Alexandra
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Lorentzen family (by marriage)
Father Olav V of Norway
Mother Princess Märtha of Sweden
Born (1930-06-09)9 June 1930
Royal Palace,[1] Oslo, Norway
Died 16 September 2012(2012-09-16) (aged 82)[2][3]
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Burial Asker Church[4]

Ragnhild Alexandra Lorentzen, Princess of Norway (9 June 1930 – 16 September 2012) was the eldest child of King Olav V of Norway and Princess Märtha of Sweden, and by birth a Princess of Norway and a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. She was the older sister of King Harald V of Norway and Princess Astrid of Norway.

She was the great-granddaughter of Edward VII of the United Kingdom and thus a second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.[5] At the time of her death she was no. 77 in the line of succession to the British throne. Princess Ragnhild's maternal aunt was Queen Astrid of Belgium, which also made Princess Ragnhild a first cousin of Baudouin of Belgium and his brother (and successor) Albert II of Belgium.[6]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Princess Ragnhild was the first Norwegian princess born on Norwegian soil for 629 years.[7] She grew up at the royal residence of Skaugum near Asker, west of Oslo. The Princess was christened in the Palace Chapel on 27 June 1930 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 great-uncle, King Gustaf V of Sweden; her great-aunt, Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom; her maternal aunt, Princess Margaretha of Denmark; and Prince Albert, Duke of York. During World War II, the Princess fled the German invasion of Norway with her family in 1940,[2] spending the wartime years in exile with her mother and siblings in Washington, D.C.. Before the birth of her younger brother, it was assumed she would become Queen of Norway in the absence of a male heir, although this would have required a constitutional amendment, as women could not inherit the throne at the time.[2]

She opened the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, as her father was attending the funeral of King George VI of the United Kingdom.[8]

Marriage and family[edit]

Princess Ragnhild married Erling Lorentzen, a commoner of the Norwegian merchant upper-class (see Lorentzen family), in Asker on 15 May 1953, after which the princess is titled Her Highness Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen. There was great controversy when the princess married Lorentzen, a businessman and army officer who had served as her bodyguard during the War, as she was the first Norwegian Royal to marry a commoner. Soon after the couple's wedding, it was announced that the flag of Norway would no longer be flown on the princess's birthday (9 June).

Following her marriage, her honorific style was changed from Royal Highness to Highness, and she became known as Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen. The couple moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where her husband has substantial business holdings, originally as a temporary residence, but they eventually settled there, and remained there in until her death in 2012.[3] In Brazil, her husband founded Aracruz Celulose.

The princess had three children:

Styles of
Princess Raghnild of Norway
Royal Monogram of Princess Ragnhild of Norway.svg
Reference style Her Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Royal life[edit]

As a member of the Norwegian royal family, Princess Ragnhild carried out no official state duties, but did attend family events such as royal weddings.

A conservative, Princess Ragnhild publicly criticized her niece and nephew, Princess Märtha Louise and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, for their choice of spouses, in 2004.[9]

Princess Ragnhild was Patron of the Norwegian Organisation for the Hearing Impaired.

Several ships, including MS Prinsesse Ragnhild, were named for her.

Death[edit]

Princess Ragnhild died at her home in Rio de Janeiro on 16 September 2012,[10] following a period of illness, aged 82.[3]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 9 June 1930 – 15 May 1953: Her Royal Highness Princess Ragnhild of Norway
  • 15 May 1953 – 16 September 2012: Her Highness Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen

She was commonly known as Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen.

Honours[edit]

See also List of honours of the Norwegian Royal Family by country

A 540 000 km² area in Antarctica is named Princess Ragnhild Coast in her honour. The Jahre Line (later Color Line) cruiseferry MS Prinsesse Ragnhild was named in her honour.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kongehuset
  2. ^ a b c Solveig Husøy (16 September 2012). "Prinsesse Ragnhild er død" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Lohne, Jenny-Linn (16 September 2012). "Prinsesse Ragnhild er død" (in Norwegian). VG. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Kongehuset
  5. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/royalty-obituaries/9561327/Princess-Ragnhild-of-Norway.html
  6. ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p10125.htm#i101244
  7. ^ http://trondni.blogspot.com/2010/06/on-this-date-princess-ragnhild-is-80.html
  8. ^ http://olympic.org/oslo-1952-winter-olympics
  9. ^ Here's what Princess Ragnhild said
  10. ^ "Prinsesse Ragnhild er død" (in Norwegian). The Royal House of Norway. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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