Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway
|Crown Princess of Norway|
The Crown Princess at the Wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013
19 August 1973 |
|Spouse||Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway (m. 2001)|
|Issue||Marius Borg Høiby (illegitimate)
Princess Ingrid Alexandra
Prince Sverre Magnus
|Father||Sven O. Høiby|
|Religion||Church of Norway|
|Norwegian Royal Family|
HH Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner
A Norwegian commoner and a single mother with a disadvantageous past, she was a controversial figure at the time of her engagement to Haakon in 2000. She became crown princess of Norway upon her marriage in 2001. In this role, she has championed humanitarian projects and arts, as well as taking part in official visits at home and abroad.
Background and education
Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby was born in Kristiansand in the southern part of Norway, the daughter of Sven O. Høiby, who worked as a journalist on a local paper, and Marit Tjessem. Her parents divorced, and her father would later marry Renate Barsgård. She has a sister and two older brothers, including Per Hoiby, chief executive of the PR agency First House. Her stepbrother Trond Berntsen—by her mother's 1994 marriage to Rolf Berntsen—died in the 2011 Norway attacks. Mette-Marit grew up in Kristiansand, spending many weekends and holidays in the nearby valley of Setesdal and on the coast, where she learned to sail. During her youth she was active in the local Slettheia youth club, where she was also an activity leader. As a teenager she played volleyball, qualifying as a referee and coach.
After starting at Oddernes upper secondary school in Kristiansand, Mette-Marit spent six months at Wangaratta High School located in North East Victoria in Australia, as an exchange student with the exchange organisation Youth For Understanding. Later, she attended Kristiansand katedralskole, where she passed her final examinations in 1994. After a break from her studies, she spent several months working for the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce at Norway House in Cockspur Street, London, where she lived in the same flat that the King and Queen of Norway resided in for their period of exile during World War Two. When her assignment in London ended, Mette-Marit returned to Norway to attend Bjørknes Private School and then took the examen philosophicum (the preliminary university examination) at Agder University College.
By her own admission, Mette-Marit experienced a rebellious phase before she met Crown Prince Haakon Magnus. As a part-time student, she took longer than usual to complete her high school education before going on to take preparatory university courses at Agder. She then worked for a year at Cafe Engebret in Oslo.
In the late 1990s, Mette-Marit attended the Quart Festival, Norway's largest rock festival, in her hometown of Kristiansand. She met Crown Prince Haakon at a garden party during the Quart Festival season. Years later, after becoming a single mother she met the prince again at another party related to the festival.
Since becoming Crown Princess Mette-Marit has taken several university level courses. In 2012, she obtained a master's degree in Executive Management. In an analysis of Mette-Marit's ancestry, it was revealed that several of her ancestors (as well as some living relations) were farmers and she is distantly related (prior to the 15th century) to some Norwegian and Swedish nobility.
Engagement and marriage
When the engagement between Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit was announced, some Norwegians felt that the Crown Prince’s choice of partner was questionable because of her previous socialization in a milieu "where drugs were readily available". At the time of their engagement, Mette-Marit was a single mother to a son named Marius Borg Høiby, born 13 January 1997. Her son caused a possible security risk in 2012 to the royal family due to leisurely posting photos of the family's whereabouts onto the internet. Mette-Marit is reported to be a social media user and it has been rumoured that the royal family may not follow the instruction to refrain from revealing personal information on social media.
Her first official appearance as the intended bride of the Crown Prince was at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Hall on 10 December 2000, following the announcement of the couple's engagement on 1 December. At the press conference, Haakon said that he and Mette-Marit had been together for about one year. Haakon gave Mette-Marit the same engagement ring as his grandfather King Olav V and his father King Harald V gave to their fiancées.
The couple married on 25 August 2001 at the Oslo Cathedral. Upon her marriage she acquired the title Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. They now live at Skaugum estate, outside Oslo.
The couple has two children together:
- Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra, born 21 January 2004
- His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus, born 3 December 2005
Royal duties and further education
During 2002 and 2003, the Crown Princess undertook development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, apparently without graduating. She was also accepted as an intern at NORAD, the Norwegian government's development organization. Mette-Marit is attending lectures at the faculties of arts and social sciences at the University of Oslo.
The Crown Princess is a UNAIDS Special Representative and visited Geneva to learn more about the organization and Malawi because of this post. In 2007 the Crown Princess extended her commitment as a UNAIDS Special Representative for another two years. The Crown Princess and her husband attended the International AIDS Conference in Toronto in August 2006 as part of this role, serving as Jury member to the UNAIDS family-led Red Ribbon Award.
Along with UNAIDS, the Crown Princess is president of various other organisations. They are The Norwegian Scouting Association, the Amandus Film Festival, Kristiansand's International Children's Film Festival, Risor Festival of Chamber Music, FOKUS Forum for Women and Development Questions, Norwegian Design Council, Red Cross Norway, The Norwegian Council for Mental Health, the Full Rigged Ship Sorlandet, and the Oslo International Church Music Festival.
On December 2008, she received the Annual Petter Dass award, which recognises a person that helps to unite people and God. Mette-Marit released the CD Sorgen og gleden with religious psalms: the Crown Princess wrote in the booklet "psalms are a link between me and God, between me and life".
She is godmother to
- Prince Christian of Denmark,
- Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece and Denmark and
- Emma Tallulah Behn.
If her husband ascends the throne, Mette-Marit will become the third Norwegian queen consort to have been born as a commoner. The first was Désirée Clary, the consort of Charles III John. The second is her mother-in-law, the current Queen Sonja, the daughter of clothing merchant Karl August Haraldsen and Dagny Haraldsen née Ulrichsen.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess' Humanitarian Fund was established in 2001 in connection with the wedding of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess. The couple announced that they wished for donations to the fund as wedding gifts. The fund allocates funds to humanitarian projects in Norway and abroad. In Norway the fund mainly focuses on projects aimed at improving conditions for children and young people. Abroad the fund mainly focuses on projects related to health and education.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
|Reference style||Her Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
- Fundación Xochiquetzal Fundasion Šusital, Nicaragua
- Norwegian People’s Aid project ”Følgesvennen”, providing companions and provisional guardians to asylum seekers (Asker, Norway)
- Norwegian Red Cross project “Leksehjelpen”, offering help with homework to pupils from minority backgrounds (Oslo, Norway)
- National Community of Women Living with Aids (Uganda)
- Education through Sport (Zambia)
She is a patron of:
- The Norwegian Guide and Scout Association
- Amandus Film Festival
- Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival
- Risør Festival of Chamber Music
- FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development
- The Norwegian Design Council
- The Norwegian Red Cross
- The Norwegian Council for Mental Health
- Full-rigged Ship Sørlandet
- Oslo International Church Music Festival
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles,styles and honours
Mette-Marit is styled as Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Norway.
National orders and decorations
As mentioned on her official website page, Mette-Marit has received the following honours and decorations (° = on official page):
- Grand Cross with Collar of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav°
- Royal Family Order of King Harald V of Norway°
- The Royal House Centenary Medal°
- Olav Vs Centenary Medal°
- Harald V's Silver Jubilee Medal
- Austria: Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria (2007) ° 
- Brazil: Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross 
- Bulgaria: Cordon of the Order of Stara Planina ° 
- Estonia: Member 1st Class of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana (02.04.2002)° 
- Finland : Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland (2012)° 
- Italy: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (09/2004) ° 
- Japan: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown° 
- Lithuania: Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great (March 2011)° 
- Luxembourg: Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau (May 2011) ° 
- Netherlands: Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau° 
- Poland: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland°
- Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Infante D. Henrique (13/02/2004)° 
- Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (26/05/2006)° 
- Sweden: Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star° 
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