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.
“If there is one piece of advice I would give you today, as King, godfather and grandfather, it is this: Be yourself,” said His Majesty The King in his speech at the luncheon celebrating the confirmation of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra.
Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra was confirmed today in the Palace Chapel, just as her father, grandfather and great-grandfather were before her.