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Norway's charming little princess holds court at National Day

17 MAY 2012

Norway's future queen is growing into a smashing young lady.

While her brothers gamely got into the spirit of the country's national day in folk costume, Ingrid Alexandra, eight, was the most animated. 

 

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The young royal was seen outside Skaugum Palace, waving the Norwegian flag in excitement and creasing up with laughter as  her family greeted local school children.

It was also her task to control their dog, Milly Kakao, which she did admirably.

Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Mette-Marit  who last year celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with a joyous return to Oslo Cathedral where they married in fairytale style  couldn't have looked happier with their growing family.

 

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As well as Ingrid, they are parents to Magnus Sverre, six, and Marius, who is Mette-Marit's 15-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Wearing the traditional dress known as bunad has become increasingly popular for the Syttende Mai or May 17 holiday, marking the date of Norway's independence from Denmark in 1814.

Children's processions are one of the highlights of the day and it's also the occasion for high school leavers to celebrate the end of their school days by parading on floats bearing slogans and playing music.

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