Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway


The life of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, née Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby.

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Mette-Marit’s Early Years

Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby was born on 19 August 1973 in Kristiansand, in the southern part of Norway. She is the daughter of journalist Sven Olaf Bjarte Høiby (1936–2007) and bank clerk Marit Tjessem (born 1937).

When she was eleven, her parents divorced, and Mette-Marit lived with her mother. By her own words, in her teens she experienced a rebellious phase.

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Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby walked in her hometown of Kristiansand, Norway on July 3, 2000.

Mette-Marit and son Marius Borg Høiby

On January 13, 1997, Mette-Marit had her first child, Marius Borg Høiby, with her ex-partner Morten Borg.

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Mette-Marit’s son little Marius Borg Høiby.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon

In 1999 Mette-Marit met the Crown Prince Haakon at the Quart Festival, Norway’s largest music festival, in her hometown of Kristiansand. On December 1, 2000, the couple got engaged. Back then, Little Marius was three years old.

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Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway and Mette-Marit announced their engagement.

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Gala Dinner at Akershus Castle on the evening before the Wedding of Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit.

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Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon married on 25 August 2001 at the Oslo Cathedral. She acquired the title, Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Norway.

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For her wedding the Crown Princess wore a white gown with long sleeves by Norwegian designer Ove Harder Finseth and The Diamond Daisy Tiara.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit, little Marius and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway.

The couple has two children together:

  • Princess Ingrid Alexandra (21 January 2004)
  • Prince Sverre Magnus (3 December 2005)
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Crown Princess Mette-Marit and children Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Marius.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit, with Prince Sverre Magnus, and Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

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Crown Prince Haakon, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit with their children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus, Marius, and Family Dog, Milly Kakao, celebrate Norway National Day.

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Prince Sverre Magnus, Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Marius Borg Hoiby and Crown Princess Mette-Marit arrived at Ravnakloa fish market during the Royal Silver Jubilee Tour on June 23, 2016 in Trondheim, Norway.

The Crown Princely Family live outside Oslo at Skaugum Estate.


In 2006, she was named UNAIDS Special Representative. The Crown Princess is president of various organisations: the Norwegian Scouting Association, the Amandus Film Festival, Kristiansand’s International Children’s Film Festival, Risor Festival of Chamber Music, FOKUS Forum for Women and Development Questions, Norwegian Design Council, Red Cross Norway, The Norwegian Council for Mental Health, the Full Rigged Ship Sorlandet, and the Oslo International Church Music Festival.

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Princess Mette-Marit of Norway arrived at the UNAIDS to attend some working meetings on February 16, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has been an UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador since 2006.

The Crown Princess was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in January 2010.

On April 26, 2017, she assumed the role of ambassador for Norwegian literature. Crown Princess Mette-Marit, annually travels around Norway on a “literary train” tour to libraries.

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Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit visit the Literature Train on May 9, 2019 in Oslo, Norway.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Pulmonary Fibrosis

In October 2018 The Crown Princess was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars are formed in the lung tissue, leading to serious breathing problems.

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