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ROYAL BRIDE: CROWN PRINCESS METTE-MARIT OF NORWAY

In honor of their 19th wedding anniversary, we are taking a look back at the wedding of Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby.

Learn about the bride, Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, who later became Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway HERE.

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Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway announced their engagement on January 21, 2000 in Oslo.

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Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit attended a photocall at The Royal Palace in Oslo, prior to their wedding.

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The wedding of Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby took place on 25 August 2001 at Oslo Cathedral (Norwegian: Oslo domkirke), the main church for the Church of Norway Diocese of Oslo.

It was the first royal wedding to take place in Norway since the marriage of Crown Prince Haakon’s parents, the then Crown Prince Harald and Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Domkirke in 29 August 1968.

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The alter of the Cathedral in Oslo where the wedding of Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby was celebrated.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark served as Haakon’s best man. They arrived together for the wedding.

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For his wedding, Crown Prince Haakon wore the black army uniform of the Norwegian Army with a red sash and medals.

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Mette-Marit made her entrance at Oslo Cathedral. Because of her background Mette-Marit was frequently referred as a modern-Cinderella.

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In a break of tradition, Crown Prince Haakon waited outside the door of the Oslo Cathedral as Mette-Marit wanted to walk down the aisle alongside Haakon instead of on her father’s arm.

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Well-whishers watch the arrivals of the bride, Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby.



Mette-Marit wore a minimalist and modern wedding dress with long sleeves made of white silk crepe with a 20-foot long veil.

The bridal gown was the result of a collaboration between the bride, Norwegian fashion designer Ove Harder Finseth and seamstress Anna Bratland.

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For her wedding tiara, she chose The Diamond Daisy Bandeau. The diamonds in the tiara make up 23 flower rosettes set. The tiara, made in 1910, was a gift from Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja.

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The ceremony lasted one hour and featured music from Norwegian jazz musician Jan Garbarek, as well as text readings from Haakon’s sister Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

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The bride wept throughout the entire ceremony. Oslo Bishop Gunnar Stålsett told the couple:

“You have not chosen the easiest path, but love has triumphed.”

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Upon their marriage, Mette-Marit became known as Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

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The Crown Princess with The Diamond Daisy Bandeau.



The bridal bouquet, worn as a muff, was developed in between the bride and florist Aina Nyberget Kleppe. It was made up of rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii), Wanda orchids (a Phalaenopsis orchid), hydrangeas, roses in pink and mauve tones, bear grass, beads and metal threads.

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The bride and groom’s wedding rings were made in collaboration with jewellery designer Ester Helén Slagsvold and were a gift from the Norwegian Association of Goldsmiths.

Marius Borg Høiby, son of Mette-Marit served, was a page boy during the ceremony.

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Miss Betina and Miss Emilie Swanstrøm, Miss Kamilla and Miss Anniken Bjørnøy and Miss Tuva Høiby served as Mette-Marit’s bridesmaids.

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The royal couple, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit wave from their car outside the Oslo Cathedral.

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After the car parade, the couple appeared with Mette-Marit’s son Marius on the balcony of the Oslo Royal Palace (Norwegian: Slottet or formally Det kongelige slott) in the midst of cannons firing and bands playing.

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Members of the European Royal Houses attended the wedding banquet at the Royal Palace, along with Norwegian officials, representatives of organisations, family and friends.

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

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Queen Anne Marie and King Constantine of Greece.

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The then Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and his fiancee Maxima Zorreguieta.

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Prince Philippe of Belgium, now King Philippe of the Belgians.

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Princess Laurentien and Prince Costantijn of the Netherlands.



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Queen Sonja of Norway.

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King Harald of Norway.

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Princess Martha-Louise of Norway.

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Queen Sylvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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Princess Madeleine, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.



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Prince Albert of Monaco.

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Queen Sofia of Spain and the then Prince Felipe of Asturias.

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Princess Alexia of Greece and husband Carlos Morales.

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Grand-Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his wife Grand-Duchess Maria Teresa.

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Prince Charles of Wales.



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Prince Nikolaos of Greece.

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

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Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark and husband Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

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Queen Paola and King Albert of Belgium.



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