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Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, eldest sister of King Harald, died on this day in 2012. Born in 1930, as the eldest child of Crown Prince Olav of Norway and Princess Martha of Sweden, Princess Ragnhild became the elder sister of Princess Astrid and the now King Harald. During WWII, the family was forced to flee Norway after the Nazi invasion eventually settling in the United States for the duration of the war. In 1953, Princess Ragnhild married Erling Lorentzen, a Norwegian businessman and army officer who had served as her bodyguard during the War. The couple had three children and settled in Brazil. Princess Ragnhild regularly attended family events though she didn’t perform official duties. On this day in 2012, she died in Rio de Janeiro after suffering from Cancer. After a funeral at the Royal Palace of Oslo, she was later cremated and interred in the church of Asker.
4 thoughts on “Princess Ragnhild of Norway”
I believe Princess Ragnhild inherited, among other things, Queen Maud’s Diamond Tiara from her mother Crown Princess Martha. Since none of her children participate in royal events, I wonder if they inherited it. I haven’t read anything about the contents of her will, probably because she was a private person. But I’m thinking it would be cool if she left it to the crown, perhaps with the caveat that her descendants could have the use of it, especially for a wedding. I have read that Princess Astrid has said that she intends to leave the more significant pieces to the crown, like Queen Maud’s Turquoise parure, and leave the smaller pieces to her children. I just think it would be a shame if such a historic piece as Queen Maud’s Diamond Tiara ends up on the auction block.
I included Queen Maud’s diamond tiara in my post on the Norwegian Royal Tiaras- https://royalwatcherblog.com/2017/03/19/norwegian-royal-tiaras/ Like Princess Astrid, when the siblings divided the jewels of their mother and grandmother in the late 60s, it was said that the historically important pieces will return to the main line! If the tiara has returned to the vaults, I expected to see it at the 80th birthday celebrations in May! However, Crown Princess Mette Marit has back and neck pain and Queen Sonja usually wears her favourites, so I don’t think we will see this Tiara until Princess Ingrid Alexandra comes of age!
Oh, so she did intend to do the same as Princess Astrid! That’s excellent news! I thought that maybe Princess Ragnhild hadn’t since she didn’t approve of Crown Princess Mette Marit. Princess Ingrid Alexandra is rapidly becoming a beautiful your lady, so we may not have to wait too long. Though, TBH, such a big and important tiara will probably not be among the first ones she wears. Her mother’s wedding tiara would be more probable. But still, the tiara will be worn some day!
May soul of Princess Ragnhild of Norway rest in peace