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Three generations gather to celebrate Princess Ingrid's 9th birthday

22 JANUARY 2013

Princess Ingrid Alexandra walks hand-in-hand with her dad Crown Prince Haakon and grandfather King Harald – the two men who have shared her destiny as head of the Norwegian monarchy.

The picture depicting three generations of royals was released by the palace to mark Ingrid's 9th birthday on January 21. Dressed in white and smiling broadly, the youngster looks confident flanked by her male family members.

 

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Her mother Mette-Marit wasn't included in the image, but with every passing year, Ingrid's features bear a striking resemblance to the Crown Princess, ensuring that her presence was felt.

As in previous years, photographer Julia Marie Naglestad captured the shots. Julia also snapped Ingrid on her birthday last year. On that occasion, seen below, the young royal starred on her own, posing for a formal shoot which took place inside the palace.

By far though, the most emotive birthday pictures date back to 2011, when the future queen had just celebrated her 7th birthday and her parents released a couple of photos from their private winter trip to Turkey, Jordan and India.

 

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Most of those photos were taken by Haakon and Mette-Marit themselves and showed how the entire family – including Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius, Mette-Marit's son from a previous relationship – spent the winter months on a trip designed to let the children experience other cultures.

If the intimate snaps are anything to go by, no-one enjoyed it more than the birthday girl herself, who was seen petting a kitten and hugging a friendly dolphin in some of the pictures. Ingrid and her family were also shown around by the monks of Passingdang monastery.

 

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