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Crown Princess Mette-Marit's day – August 19, 2023

Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Day is celebrated on August 19 each year. The holiday is dedicated to Mette-Marit’s birthday. Norwegians adore their crown princess because she is wise and fair. First of all, Mette-Marit thinks about her people and their needs. She cares about the country and does her best to make it prosperous.

On this day, the people of Norway fly the national flag as a sign of devotion and respect for the Crown Princess. In addition, they arrange a lavish celebration, which will be remembered for a long time by those who joined it.

History of Crown Princess Mette-Marit's day

Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby was born on August 19, 1973, in Kristiansand, southern Norway, to a local newspaper journalist, Sven O. Høiby, and a former bank employee, Marit Tjessem. It so happened that her parents divorced, and her father later married a professional stripper Renate Barsgard. She has a sister and two older brothers, including Per Høiby, the executive director of the PR agency First House. Her half-brother Trond Berntsen, from her mother’s marriage to Rolf Berntsen in 1994, died in the 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway. Mette-Marit grew up in Kristiansand, spending a lot of weekends and holidays in the nearby Setesdal Valley and on the coast, where she learned to swim. In her youth, she was active in the local youth club Slettheia, where she was also the head of activities. As a teenager, she played volleyball and then participated as a judge and coach.

Being a part-time student, it took six years, longer than usual, to complete her high school education before attending college preparatory courses at Agder College. Then she worked as a waitress at Café Engebret in Oslo. At the end of the 1990s, Mette-Marit visited the Quart Festival, Norway’s largest music festival, in her hometown of Kristiansand, where she met Crown Prince Haakon, who would become her husband in the future.

When Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit announced the engagement, the reaction from the public and the media was negative. But, later, people changed their minds because they were convinced of her intelligence, dignity, and wisdom. Haakon presented Matte-Marit with the same engagement ring that his grandfather, King Olav V, and his father, King Harald V, had given to their fiancé. The couple married on August 25, 2001, in Oslo Cathedral. After marriage, she received the title of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess of Norway.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit's day timeline

2008
The Annual Petter Dass Prize

Mette-Marit receives an award that honors a person who helps unite people with God.

2015
Maverick Collective

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Kate Roberts, senior vice-president of Population Services International, found a community dedicated to overcoming extreme poverty in life by investing in girls and women.

2017
The Ambassador of Norwegian Literature

The Crown Princess is appointed Ambassador of Norwegian Literature to the International Arena.

2018
The Disease

Mette-Marit is diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, which limits her official programs.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit's day FAQs

Who is Crown Princess Mette-Marit?

Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, is the wife of Crown Prince Haakon.

Is there still a Crown Prince of Norway?

The current monarch is King Harald V, who acceded to the throne on January 17, 1991. Crown Prince Haakon, his only son, is the heir.

Who will be the future queen of Norway?

Ingrid Alexandra is the second in line to the throne after her father, Crown Prince Haakon. When she ascends to the throne, she will become the second female monarch of Norway, but the first in more than 600 years.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit's day Activities

  1. Go to Norway

    Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Day is the best time to visit this beautiful country. You will be able to walk the streets where Mette-Marit walked, visit the places where she was, and enjoy her favorite desserts.

  2. Fly the Norwegian flag

    A peculiar tradition of celebrating Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Day is the flying of the Norwegian flag. And for this, you do not have to go to Norway. You can do it anywhere in the world.

  3. Celebrate with friends

    You can draw portraits of the Crown Princess Mette-Marit and post them on social media, creating a challenge. Or take a photo with a flag and write greetings. In any case, celebrating with friends is always more fun.

5 Facts About Norway That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. The world’s longest road tunnel is there

    The 15-mile (24.5 km) Laerdal Tunnel is considered the longest in the world.

  2. It’s home to Hell

    It is a small village at a short distance from Trondheim International Airport and even has its own train station.

  3. The Norwegian language has two versions

    Bokmal is used in the vast majority of the country, while Nynorsk is more common in rural areas.

  4. Skiing was invented there

    Ancient rock carvings in Rodoy in northern Norway show that people used the form of skis to travel in the Norwegian mountains as far back as 4,000 years ago.

  5. There’s a volcano

    Norway’s only active volcano, Beerenberg, is located on the island of Jan Mayen in the Norwegian Sea.

Why We Love Crown Princess Mette-Marit's day

  1. It’s a tribute to the Crown Princess

    The Crown Princess of Norway has made great efforts to develop the country and improve the living conditions and quality of life of the people. Therefore, in celebrating this day, Norwegians express their gratitude and devotion.

  2. We respect Mette-Marit

    Mette-Marit has come a long way, full of disbelief, condemnation, and prejudice. However, despite everything, she walked with her head held high, achieved her goals, and tried to help everyone who needed it.

  3. A day to celebrate a birthday

    A birthday is an important event in everyone’s life. And the day the Crown Princess was born is a special date for the whole country.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit's day dates

YearDateDay
2023August 19Saturday
2024August 19Monday
2025August 19Tuesday
2026August 19Wednesday
2027August 19Thursday

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