NORWAY'S ROYAL FAMILY CELEBRATES CHRISTENING OF BABY MAUD

2 JULY 2003

She holds no royal title, but two-month-old Maud Angelica seemed every bit the little princess as her grandfather, King Harald, cradled his only grandchild during her christening ceremony on Wednesday.

The first-born of Princess Martha Louise and her husband of more than a year, Ari Behn, was surrounded by more than 200 friends and family members – including her uncle and godfather, Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Princess Mette-Marit – as she was baptised at the chapel of the royal palace in Oslo.

In addition to the crown prince, Maud's other godparents included two of Ari's best friends, actor Kaare Conradi and Labour party politician Trond Giske, as well as his sister, Anja Sabrina Bjoershol, and Martha Louise's close confidente Marianne Ulrichsen.

The event was held on a day which holds special meaning for Norway's royal family – July 2, which would have been the 100th birthday of King Olav V, little Maud Angelica's great-grandfather.

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King Harald cradles his only grandchild, Maud Angelica, during her christening ceremony on Wednesday Photo: © PA
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New mum Princess Martha Louise looks on as her husband Ari Behn tenderly cradles the couple's two-month-old daughterPhoto: © AFPClick on photo to enlarge
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