Royal Guests at the Wedding of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

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Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary to Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, who got married on this day in 2001! Six Kings, Eight Queens, and numerous Princes and Princesses from around the world gathered for the spectacular Ceremony at Oslo Cathedral, and to mark the day, we are taking an in-depth look at all the Royal Guests and Relatives in attendance, including their Tiaras, Orders and Insignia.

The Wedding of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

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Crown Prince Haakon wore Uniform with the sash of the Order of St. Olav, his medals, and the insignia of his other orders. The new Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a silk crepe Ove Harder Finseth gown with the Diamond Daisy Bandeau Tiara, a wedding gift from King Harald and Queen Sonja.

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The Norwegian Royal Family was headed by King Harald V and Queen Sonja (wearing the Norwegian Emerald Parure), Princess Märtha Louise (in King Olav’s Gift Tiara), Princess Astrid (wearing Queen Alexandra’s Turquoise Circlet), and Princess Ragnhild (in Princess Ingeborg’s Boucheron Pearl Circle Tiara) along with their husbands and respective children.

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The Norwegian Royal Family’s closest cousins are the Danish Royal Family, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (wearing the Baden Palmette Tiara and her Antique Diamond Parure) was accompanied by Crown Prince Frederik (in the Order of St. Olav and the Order of the Elephant), who served as the Best Man.

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The Norwegian Royal Family is also related to the Swedish Royal Family through Crown Princess Martha, and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was joined by Queen Silvia (wearing Queen Sofia’s 9-Prong Tiara), Crown Princess Victoria (in the Baden Fringe Tiara), Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine (wearing the Modern Fringe Tiara).

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King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (wearing the Khedive of Egypt Tiara with her Aquamarine Pendant) are both related to the Norwegian Royal Family through King Christian IX of Denmark and Queen Victoria, and were joined by Princess Alexia (in her Diamond Tiara and Diamond Earrings), Carlos Morales Quintana, and Prince Nikolaos.

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King Constantine’s sister, Queen Sofia of Spain (wearing her Floral Tiara with her Wedding Necklace and Earrings), is also related through King Christian IX and Queen Victoria and was joined by the then Prince of Asturias (now King Felipe VI of Spain).

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The British Royal Family is most closely related to the Norwegian Royal Family through the Queen’s great-aunt,  Queen Maud of Norway. The Prince of Wales was joined by the Earl and Countess of Wessex (wearing her Wedding Tiara) in a rare joint appearance.

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King Albert II of Belgium is a first cousin of King Harald, and was joined by Queen Paola (wearing Queen Elisabeth’s Diamond Bandeau and her Diamond Necklace) and the then Crown Prince (now King) Philippe.

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Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg (wearing the Belgian Scroll Tiara) was another first cousin of King Harald and was joined by Grand Duke Jean, Grand Duke Henri, and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (in the Chaumet Pearl and Diamond Choker Tiara). Hereditary Prince Albert II of Monaco was also present.

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The then Crown Prince (now King) Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands was joined by his fiancée, Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (wearing the base of the Antique Pearl Tiara), as well as his brother, Prince Constantjin, and sister-in-law, Princess Laurentien (in the Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara).

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Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Denmark (in Queen Sophia’s Star and Pearl Tiara, her Diamond Fan Earrings, Queen Alexandrine’s Diamond Sautoir, and Queen Ingrid’s Diamond Stars) is also a cousin of King Harald, and was joined by Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Princess Alexandra (wearing Princess Benedikte’s Floral Tiara) and Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth.

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11 thoughts on “Royal Guests at the Wedding of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

  1. I Think Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Is on the same level as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Diana, Princess of Wales, Princess Grace of Monaco, Queen Letizia of Spain, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Princess Paola of Belgium, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Sofia of Sweden, Queen Noor al-Hussain of Jordan, Princess Angela of Liechtenstein, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg,

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  2. A wonderful list and I do hope to see such a glittering gathering again for Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th birthday next year. I hope you don’t mind me adding a few more bits of information regarding the groom and some more guests.

    The Crown Prince wore his full dress uniform of a Major in the Norwegian Army. Some say that he had wanted to wear his naval uniform, but that the tradition dictated that he wear the uniform from the Army. In addition to the Sash and Star of the Order of St Olav he wore the Neck-tie of the Norwegian Order of Merit, the Star of the Danish Order of the Elephant and the Star of the Swedish Order of the Seraphim, the two latter in honour of the Danish and Swedish monarchs attending the wedding. King Harald was also wearing Danish and Swedish Orders in addition to the Sash and Star of the Order of St. Olav. But instead of wearing the Star of the Order of the Elephant he wore the Neck-tie of the Order of Dannebrog and the Star of the Norwegian Order of Merit. I could go on and on about all the Orders worn, but I will leave it with this for now… hehe

    Some more glittering guests: from Luxembourg came also the youngest son of Grand Duke Jean, Prince Guillaume and his wife Sibilla. From Denmark came Count Flemming of Rosenborg and his wife Countess Ruth. She wore her Turquoise Star tiara. And also King Harald’s uncle Prince Carl and his Norwegian wife Princess Kristine were there.

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  3. I can’t believe that 20 year have already passed. It seems like yesterday! CP Mette-Marit’s wedding dress is one of the most beautiful in recent memory, though I can’t say the same for her wedding bouquet. There is a photo of her w/o her bouquet where she looks like a veritable Viking princess. My heartiest congratulations to the happy couple and may they enjoy many more years of wedded bliss together!

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