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A look at Queen Sonja of Norway

Norway’s Queen Sonja is celebrating her 85th birthday today. From a commoner to a Queen consort, let’s take a look at the life of the Queen of Norway. Sonja Haraldsen was born on 4 July 1937 to Karl and Dagny Haraldsen in Oslo. She grew up with an older brother and an older sister, Haakon [read more]

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Royal Wedding Recollections – Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby & Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

On 25 August 2001, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway married Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in Oslo Cathedral. They had met in 1999 through mutual friends but the match was not without controversy. Mette-Marit already had a four-year-old son named Marius from a previous relationship and she had reportedly used drugs and was a heavy partier. Haakon [read more]