Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen
|Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen|
(m. 1953-2012; her death)
|House||House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Lorentzen family (by marriage)
|Father||Olav V of Norway|
|Mother||Princess Märtha of Sweden|
9 June 1930|
Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway
|Died||16 September 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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. 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.
Princess Ragnhild was the first Norwegian princess born on Norwegian soil for 629 years. 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, 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.
Marriage and family
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. In Brazil, her husband founded Aracruz Celulose.
The princess had three children:
- Haakon Lorentzen
- Ingeborg Lorentzen (Mrs. Paulo Ribeiro)
- Ragnhild Lorentzen (Mrs. Aaron Long, of San Francisco, California)
Princess Raghnild of Norway
|Reference style||Her Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Highness|
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.
Princess Ragnhild was Patron of the Norwegian Organisation for the Hearing Impaired.
Several ships, including MS Prinsesse Ragnhild, were named for her.
Titles and styles
- 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.
- Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav (1982)
- The Royal House Centenary Medal
- Olav V's Commemorative Medal of 30. January 1991
- Olav V's Jubilee Medal 1957-1982
- Olav V's Centenary Medal
- Royal Family Order of King Haakon VII of Norway
- Royal Family Order of King Olav V of Norway
- Royal Family Order of King Harald V of Norway
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (Portugal)
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star
- Solveig Husøy (16 September 2012). "Prinsesse Ragnhild er død" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- Lohne, Jenny-Linn (16 September 2012). "Prinsesse Ragnhild er død" (in Norwegian). VG. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- Here's what Princess Ragnhild said
- "Prinsesse Ragnhild er død" (in Norwegian). The Royal House of Norway. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.