Norwegian royal family
House of Oldenburg
The Norwegian Royal Family is the family of the Norwegian monarch. In Norway there is a distinction between the Royal House (kongehuset) and the Royal Family (kongelige familie). The Royal House includes only the monarch and their spouse, the heir apparent and their spouse, and the heir apparent's eldest child. The remaining Royal Family includes also all other children, grandchildren and siblings of the monarch, along with their spouses and widows or widowers.
Members of the Royal Family (with names of the members of the Royal House in bold letters) are:
- King Harald V
- Queen Sonja (the King's wife)
- Crown Prince Haakon (the King's son)
- Crown Princess Mette-Marit (the King's daughter-in-law)
- Princess Märtha Louise (the King's daughter)
- Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner (the King's sister)
Family tree of members
|King Olav V||Princess Märtha, Crown Princess of Norway|
|Erling Lorentzen||Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen||Johan Martin Ferner||Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner||The King*||The Queen*|
|Ari Behn||Princess Märtha Louise||The Crown Prince*||The Crown Princess*|
|Maud Angelica Behn||Leah Isadora Behn||Emma Tallulah Behn||Princess Ingrid Alexandra*||Prince Sverre Magnus|
* Member of the Royal House
Royal coat of arms
The coat of arms of Norway is one of the oldest in Europe and serves both as the coat of arms of the nation and of the Royal House. This is in keeping with its origin as the coat of arms of the kings of Norway during the Middle Ages.
The specific rendering of the Norwegian arms has changed through the years, following changing heraldic fashions. In the late Middle Ages, the axe handle gradually grew longer and came to resemble a halberd. The handle was usually curved in order to fit the shape of shield preferred at the time, and also to match the shape of coins. The halberd was officially discarded and the shorter axe reintroduced by royal decree in 1844, when an authorized rendering was instituted for the first time. In 1905 the official design for royal and government arms was again changed, this time reverting to the medieval pattern, with a triangular shield and a more upright lion.
The coat of arms of the royal house as well as the Royal Standard uses the lion design from 1905. The earliest preserved depiction of the Royal Standard is on the seal of Duchess Ingebjørg from 1318. The rendering used as the official coat of arms of Norway is slightly different and was last approved by the king 20 May 1992.
The royal coat of arms is not used frequently. Instead, the king's monogram is extensively used, for instance in military insignia and on coins.
- Kings of Norway family tree
- Line of succession to the Norwegian throne
- List of Norwegian monarchs
- Monarchy of Norway
- "The Royal Family". www.royalcourt.no. Norwegian Royal Court. Archived from the original on 2014-10-25.
- A web page featuring the history of the coat of arms of Norway Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 21 November 2006
- An article from the Norwegian National Archives depicting the seal of Duchess Ingebjørg Archived 2006-02-14 at the Wayback Machine. (in Norwegian) Retrieved 5 November 2007
- Web page on rules for the use of the coat of arms (Norwegian) Archived 2013-11-18 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 21 November 2006