NORWAY'S PROUD ROYALS SHOW OFF BABY INGRID

2 FEBRUARY 2004

Just two weeks after her birth, Princess Ingrid Alexandra was the star of a delightful photoshoot with her parents and brother at the family home at Skaugum, outside Oslo.

Norway's future queen, whose arrival has sparked an insatiable demand for news and pictures of the happy family, was pictured with her father, Crown Prince Haakon, his wife Mette-Marit and his stepson Marius.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit, whose status as a single mother caused a stir when her engagement to Haakon was first announced, looked to be in excellent health as she posed with her family for the shots.

Little Ingrid was delivered at Norway's National Hospital on January 21. Proud dad Haakon was the first to photograph her, taking some pictures which were then released to an intensely interested public.

The infant, who is second in line to the throne, will one day become modern Norway's first Queen. Until recently only males were allowed to become head of state, but the law was changed in 1990, meaning that Ingrid will one day accede.

Indeed Haakon himself would not have been first in line under the revised system, because his sister Martha Louise is three years older. The country has not had a female ruler since 1412, when Danish Queen Margrete was the monarch of Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Photo: © Alphapress.com
The baby girl, who is a great great great great granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria, will one day become Norway's first female monarchPhoto: © AFP
Photo: © Alphapress.com
Mette-Marit's son from a previous relationship, Marius - pictured here with his new sister - has been welcomed into the royal family but has no place in the line of accession Photo: © AFP

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