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Prince Sverre Magnus receives incredible gifts from King Harald and Queen Sonja ahead of 18th birthday

The royal's parents are Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon

Prince Sverre Magnus with Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon
Danielle Stacey
Danielle StaceyOnline Royal CorrespondentLondon
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Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon shared touching new family portraits ahead of Prince Sverre Magnus' 18th birthday.

The prince is pictured with his parents, his older sister Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 19, and grandparents King Harald V and Queen Sonja.

The images, taken in the White Parlour at the Royal Palace in Oslo, show the royals in Norway's traditional dress.

To mark his milestone birthday, Prince Sverre Magnus has been given a bunad (Norwegian national costume) from the king and queen.

Norwegian bunad design varies by region, and the royal palace shared that the prince has received a “Gråtrøyebunad” from Eastern Telemark, dating back to around 1870.

King Harald, 86, also appointed his grandson to the Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav – one of Norway's highest honours.

Norway's royal family pose for portrait on Prince Sverre Magnus' 18th birthday© Alamy
Prince Sverre Magnus wearing his bunad for the first time

Prince Sverre Magnus officially turns 18 on Sunday 3 December but family members, godparents and representatives of the Norwegian authorities and youth organisations are gathered at the palace for a special luncheon on Friday.

Norway's royal family pose for portrait on Prince Sverre Magnus' 18th birthday© Alamy
The royals celebrated Prince Sverre Magnus' birthday with a luncheon

In a heartwarming speech, Queen Sonja, 86, said to her grandson: "Magnus, I want to say something important to you and to the other 18-year-olds in our country today. It's good enough to be who you are. The most important thing is to be sure of yourself and listen to your own voice."

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Who is Prince Sverre Magnus?

Born on 3 December 2005, the royal is Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's youngest child.

The royal couple also have Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 19, and Mette-Marit has an older son, Marius Borg Høiby.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit with newborn baby Sverre Magnus© Getty
Baby Prince Sverre Magnus with his proud parents

Prince Sverre Magnus is currently third in line to Norway's throne behind his sister and his father.

His godparents include Queen Sonja, Queen Maxima of The Netherlands, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Princess Rosario of Bulgaria.

He began his education at kindergarten in Asker, later attending Jansløkka elementary school and Oslo Montessori school.

Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway's First School Day© Getty
Prince Sverre Magnus' first day at school

He is currently a student at Elvebakken Upper Secondary School in Oslo.

Norway's royal website lists his interests as skiing, cycling and water sports.

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