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Princess Martha Louise in fairytale trip to Copenhagen

November 20, 2006
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Norway's Princess Martha Louise had a fairytale encounter with some of Denmark's younger literary fans this week. The mum-of-two was given a warm welcome by locals when she visited the Copenhagen Book Fair to present her children's book Why Kings And Queen Don't Wear Crowns.

The illustrated fantasy features her grandfather, the late King Olav, as a young boy trying to tackle the challenges of skiing, sledding and making snowmen while wearing his cumbersome crown.

King Harald's daughter explained she wrote the story to show children that feeling comfortable within themselves was more important than living up to other people's expectations. The princess gave up her own title of "Royal Highness", along with the income she received from the state, when she became the wife of popular writer Ari Behn back in 2002.

Martha Louise is not the only high profile royal to make a name for herself as a children's author, however, as Britain's Sarah Ferguson is likewise well known for her Budgie The Helicopter series. Like the flame-haired Duchess, the Norwegian princess has also found success on both side of the pond with her colourful book.

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Martha Louise, who gave up her title and her state income in 2002, hopes her book will help children learn to be secure within themselvesPhoto: © Rex
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The illustrated tale focuses on the princess' grandfather trying, as a young boy, to tackle the challenges of skiing, sledding and making snowmen while wearing a crownPhoto: © Rex

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