Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra
Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born on 21 January 2004 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo. The Princess is second in line of succession to the throne.
The Princess was christened in the Palace Chapel on 17 April 2004. It was her grandfather, His Majesty The King, who presented the Princess for baptism.
King Harald presented Princess Ingrid Alexandra for baptism. The Bishop of Oslo at the time, Gunnar Stålsett, officiated. Photo: Tor Richardsen, NTB scanpix.
In addition to the King, her godparents were His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain (then the Prince of Asturias), His Royal Highness Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise, and Ms Marit Tjessem, the mother of the Crown Princess.
All the Princess’s godparents were in attendance for The Princess' confirmation 31 August 2019.
The confirmation service was officiated by the Bishop of Oslo, Kari Veiteberg, and Praeses Helga Haugland Byfuglien. Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix
The Princess began attending a day-care centre in Asker in January 2006, and in autumn 2010 she started as a pupil at Jansløkka elementary school. From autumn 2014 until spring 2019 Princess Ingrid Alexandra attended Oslo International School at Bekkestua, followed by a year at Uranienborg school in Oslo.
August 2020 she began at Elvebakken upper secondary school in Oslo.
The Princess began attending a day-care centre on 4 January 2006. Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix.
The tradition of the Royal Family greeting the annual Constitution Day children’s parade from the Palace Balcony dates back to 1906. Princess Ingrid Alexandra is the fifth generation to watch the parade from the balcony and was on hand for her very first 17 May.
Early start for the Princess: On the balcony for her first 17 May celebration in 2004. Photo: Gunnar Lier, Scanpix.
The presence of the Royal Family in the stands at Holmenkollen Ski Jump Arena is another tradition that dates back to 1906. The Princess has been part of this tradition as well, with her first appearance in the royal grandstand at just under two months of age.
First official engagements
Princess Ingrid Alexandra is very interested in environmental protection, and this was the subject of her first official engagement outside of participation in May 17 and Holmenkollen Ski Jumping Festival. Together with the Crown Prince, she met a children’s parade in the Palace Square when more than a thousand young “environmental agents” marked World Environment Day in 2009.
The Princess met members of the Norwegian Eco-Agents organisation (known as Miljøagentene in Norway) in the Palace Square in June 2009. Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix
In 2016 Princess Ingrid Alexandra lit the flame in front of 13 000 at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics at Lillehammer, and in November 2018 she christened Norway's new research vessel, the Crown Prince Haakon.
The RV Kronprins Haakon will help to provide new insight into the impacts of climate change on the oceans and marine life. Photo: Rune Kongsro / The Royal Court.
In summer 2016, the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park opened in the Palace Park, with sculptures made for children – by children. More sculptures are added every year, and The Princess takes active part in choosing the designs from among the contributions from schoolchildren all over the country.
In 2017 two new sculptures were added to the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park. Pictured here is the Princess under “Roggbif”, an acronym of the first letters of the colours of the rainbow (in Norwegian). Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix.
As the Princess grows older, she will carry out more and more official engagements on behalf of the Royal Family.
The Princess is an active teenager who enjoys skiing and kickboxing. She shares a love of water sports with the rest of her family. In 2020 Princess Ingrid Alexandra won the Norwegian surfing championship for juniors.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess and their family surfing at Hoddevik in Stad. Photo: Fjordlapse photography.