Cute new family snaps show birthday girl Princess Ingrid's love of animals

In honour of Princess Ingrid Alexandra's seventh birthday, royal fans got the chance for a glimpse into the family's recent private trip to India.

And if the intimate family snaps are anything to go by, no-one enjoyed it more than the birthday girl herself.

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The future Queen of Norway's love of animals is revealed in some of the pictures, in which she can be seeing petting a kitten and hugging a friendly dolphin.

Some of the pics were taken by a professional photographer, but many were snapped by the family themselves.

Ingrid can even be seen getting behind the lens in one, capturing a family portrait.

The little princess, who turned seven on January 21, visited India with her parents Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon in November.

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The family – including Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius, Mette-Marit's son from a previous relationship – spent the winter months travelling during a trip designed to let the children experience other cultures.

Mette-Marit's casual appearance in the shots is a stark contrast to her glammed-up guise in some new official portraits which were released this week.

The crown princess appears with her husband and parents-in-law King Harald and Queen Sonja in the pictures.

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