Norwegian royal family pose for a traditional Christmas portrait

A very merry Mette-Marit! Crown Princess joins Norwegian royal family to pose for a traditional Christmas portrait at the palace

  • The Norwegian royals have gathered at the royal palace for the festive portrait 
  • Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were joined by their two children  Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus
  • King Harald V and Queen Sonja also joined the family for the photo shoot 

It has been a turbulent year for Crown Princess Mette-Marit who was diagnosed with a ‘life-limiting’ lung disease several months ago.

But the Norwegian royal was full of good cheer as she posed for the royal family’s annual Christmas portrait on Friday.

Mette-Marit, 45, joined her husband Crown Prince Haakon, 45, and their two children  together Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 14 and Prince Sverre Magnus, 13, at the royal palace In Oslo for the photo shoot today.

The family was also joined by the reigning King Harald V and Queen Sonja for the portrait.

The Norwegian royal family has gathered at the royal palace in Oslo to pose for annual Christmas portraits. Back row, l-r: Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Crown Prince Haakon and Prince Sverre Magnus. Front row: King Harald V and Queen Sonja

The group gathered in one of the grand halls of the palace where a Christmas tree had been erected in honour of the occasion. 

Mette-Marit looked typically chic in a cream coloured roll-neck jumper and a blue velvet pleated shirt while Haakon was dapper in blue lounge suit and festive red tie.

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Ingrid proved she was growing into an elegant young lady, taking style tips from her mother and opting for a navy roll-neck paired with a black mini-skirt.

Meanwhile her brother Sverre looked every bit the young gentlemen in his very own lounge suit with a distinguished pair of wire frame glasses.

Mother and daughter both opted for chic roll-neck jumpers while father and son wore navy blue lounge suits for the occasion

The King and Queen sat on thrones surrounded by their family with Harald opting for a similar ensemble to his son while Sonja opted for a cream outfit. 

The family is likely looking forward to Christmas following a difficult year.

Last month Mette-Marit confirmed she is suffering from the life-limiting lung condition chronic pulmonary fibrosis, an illness she has been aware of for some time.

She is thought to be in the early stages of the disease in which scar tissue forms in the lungs. The disease can cause serious breathing problems and there is no known cure.

The King and Queen perched on thrones while surrounded by the family and a newly decorated Christmas tree 

The family are likely looking forward to Christmas following a turbulent year after Mette-Marit was diagnosed with a life limiting lung disease

The mother-of-three released her own statement following the diagnosis where she spoke of her determination to carry on as normal.

She said: ‘Although such a diagnosis in times will limit my life, I’m glad that the disease has been discovered so early.

‘My goal is still to work and participate in the official programme as much as possible.’

Mette-Marit is a particularly rare case as the disease normally occurs in people of the age 70-75 and is very rare for anyone under 50 to suffer from it.

The Crown Princess, a former waitress, met her future husband at a music festival in the 1990s when she was a single mother and married into the royal family in 2001. 


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