03 September 2019

Princess Ingrid Alexandra's Confirmation Jewels

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra, the future Queen of Norway, was confirmed as a member of the Church of Norway on Saturday, and we've got a closer look at the royals and jewels involved...




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Princess Ingrid Alexandra is the daughter of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (and, therefore, the granddaughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway). She turned 15 in January. When she eventually becomes Norway's queen regnant, she'll be the first female monarch of the country since the fifteenth century, thanks to succession laws that changed in 1990. For her confirmation, the princess wore bunad, a traditional national costume. The ensemble was a gift from her royal grandparents.


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The princess's confirmation took place in the chapel of the Royal Palace in Oslo, with her family and godparents in attendance.


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The Norwegian royals in attendance included King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Prince Sverre Magnus, Marius Borg Hoiby, Princess Martha Louise, and Princess Astrid.


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(Since Princess Astrid was unkindly cropped in half by that image, here's another view of her with Princess Martha Louise!)


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Ingrid Alexandra was confirmed by Vicar Karoline Astrup and Bishop Kari Veiteberg.


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Ingrid Alexandra has five royal godparents, three of whom are foreign monarchs or monarchs-in-waiting. King Felipe VI of Spain was present for his goddaughters' confirmation; he had been unable to attend her baptism in 2004, because the date conflicted with events scheduled in preparation for his wedding to Queen Letizia.


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Crown Princess Victoria, the future Queen of Sweden, wore a lovely lavender dress and headpiece for the confirmation, as well as silver jewelry.


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And Crown Prince Frederik, the future King of Denmark, was also present to celebrate his goddaughter's confirmation.


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Like King Felipe, Crown Prince Frederik was unable to attend Ingrid Alexandra's baptism because of his impending wedding to Crown Princess Mary. This time around, she accompanied Frederik to Norway for the ceremony, as did their elder son, Prince Christian (who, like Ingrid, is also a future Scandinavian monarch). Mary wore her gorgeous earrings with the rectangular pink gemstone drops for the occasion.


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Christian will turn fourteen in a few months, and he's suddenly looking very grown up. He's as tall as his parents!


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Formal portraits were also taken to mark the occasion. Here, Ingrid Alexandra is surrounded by all of her godparents: King Harald V of Norway (her grandfather), King Felipe, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Martha Louise (her aunt), Crown Prince Frederik, and Marit Tjessem (her grandmother).


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She also posed with her parents, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and her brothers, Marius Borg Hoiby and Prince Sverre Magnus.


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And we also got a new three-generations picture, featuring King Harald, Crown Prince Haakon, and Princess Ingrid Alexandra.


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The day's festivities also included a balcony appearance, where Ingrid Alexandra greeted well-wishers outside the palace beside her father...


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...and a luncheon at the palace. Above, Queen Sonja delivers a speech to celebrate her granddaughter.



Ingrid Alexandra's jewelry box also received a little boost from her confirmation. Among her gifts was this bejeweled bracelet, presented to her by King Felipe.



Even more thrilling was her gift from Princess Astrid. Historian Trond Noren Isaksen, an authority on Norwegian royal jewelry, revealed that Astrid offered her great-niece the badge of the Order of Victoria and Albert that originally belonged to Queen Maud. Astrid has often worn the badge, which features a double cameo portrait of Victoria and Albert, attached to a gold bracelet. Isaksen writes that Astrid gave Ingrid Alexandra the badge with its original silk ribbon rather than the gold bracelet. It's so wonderful to see this piece of family history return to the main line of the royal family.