Princess Astrid Mrs Ferner celebrates her 75th birthday
Guests at the dinner included the Crown Prince and Crown Princess as well as all of the Princesss and Mr Johan Martin Ferners children and grandchildren.
Princess Astrid Mrs Ferner remains very active and continues to represent His Majesty The King and the Royal Family, undertaking several official engagements each year. The Princess chairs the board of directors of Crown Princess Märthas Memorial Fund. She is also an active patron of a number of organisations. She devotes particular attention to activities relating to children and adolescents with dyslexia.
When Crown Princess Märtha died in 1954, Princess Astrid assumed the role of First Lady. She continued in this role until 1968, when then Crown Prince Harald married Miss Sonja Haraldsen. During those years before the Crown Prince was married, Princess Astrid represented Norway and the Royal Family on many occasions, both at home and abroad. She accompanied her father, King Olav, on his consecration tour in 1958, as well as on a tour of Northern Norway the following year.
In 1961 Princess Astrid married Mr Johan Martin Ferner (born 22 July 1927) in Asker Church. King Olav decided by royal resolution that after her marriage the Princesss title would be Her Highness Princess Astrid Mrs Ferner.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.