Happy Birthday to Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, who turns 44 today. The daughter of Sven O. Høiby and Marit Tjessem, she grew up in Kristiansand, and was educated in Norway. In 1997, she had a son, Marius Borg Høiby, with advertising executive Morten Borg. In 2001, she married Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, after a famous interview on the eve of her wedding, which turned the the tides of public opinion in her favour (as a unwed single mother marrying to become the future Queen of Norway). The couple have two children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus, and reside at the Skaugum estate outside Oslo.Crown Princess Mette-Marit is a Special Representative for UNAIDS and the patron of the Norwegian Red Cross. I wish HRH a very Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns!