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Private 46th birthday celebration for Crown Princess Mette-Marit

Crown Princess Mette-Marit.Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

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There is no official program for the Crown Princess when she turns 46 on Monday (19.08.2019). Most likely, it will be private celebration with the family.

Like the Crown Prince, Crown Princess Mette-Marit tends to celebrate her birthday in private. In addition to being her birthday, Monday this year is also an anniversary for other reasons: it is the first day of school at Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s new school, Uranienborg school, where the 15-year-old begins in the 10th grade from the autumn.

The princess attended Oslo International School at Bekkestua from 2014 to 2019. When she arrives at the last year of junior school on Monday, it is flag-day for mom on the same day.

Active holiday
In recent weeks, the Crown Princess has not had many official assignments, but she has been active on social media and shared videos and pictures from the summer holidays in Southern Norway and her cycling trip along the Rallarvegen in Sogn og Fjordane with her sister-in-law Renate Jonassen Høiby.

With self-irony, the princess has posted both pictures of how active they have been – and how exhausted she has felt on the trip. The posts are highlighted by celebrities including Harald Rønneberg and another sister-in-law, Princess Märtha Louise, and the latter’s partner, Shaman Durek Verrett.

Confirmation
Going forward on the official program, the Crown Princess, who has had far fewer tasks since she was diagnosed with a chronic lung disease last year, an unusual variant of lung fibrosis, according to her doctor.

There are, however, more celebrations to come, with Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s confirmation on Saturday 31st August in the Palace Chapel as the largest. Before that, on Sunday August 25th, it is 18 years since Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit got married in Oslo Cathedral.

The fibrosis diagnosis was made after the Crown Princess has for several years had health challenges. It varies how active the disease is.

Although such a diagnosis will at times limit my life, I am glad that the disease was discovered so early. My goal is still to work and participate in the official program as much as possible, said Crown Princess Mette-Marit in October last year, when she chose to share the details publicly.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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