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  • ID: I28369
  • Name: Märtha Louise of Norway
  • Prefix: Princess
  • Given Name: Märtha Louise of
  • Surname: Norway
  • Sex: F
  • Change Date: 9 Aug 2008
  • Note:

    13 mar 2008

    Princess pregnant again

    Norway's Royal Palace announced Thursday that Princess Märtha Louise and her husband Ari Behn are expecting their third child.

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  • Birth: 22 SEP 1971 in Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway
  • Death:
  • Event: Note
  • Note: Martha Louise, Maud, Ingrid, Haakon, Christmas 2004

    Father: Harald V, King of Norway b: 21 FEB 1937 in royal estate of Skaugum just outside Oslo, Norway
    Mother: Sonja Haraldsen, Queen of Norway b: 4 JUL 1937 in Red Cross Clinic, Oslo, Akershus, Norway

    Marriage 1 Ari Behn b: 30 SEP 1972 in Århus, Århus, Denmark
    • Married: 24 MAY 2002 in Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral, Norway
    1. Has No Children Maud Angelica Behn b: 29 APR 2003 in Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Akershus, Norway c: 2 JUL 2003 in Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway
    2. Has No Children Leah Isadora Behn b: 8 APR 2005 in Frederikstad, Ostfold, Norway c: 16 JUN 2005 in Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway

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      Page: 21 Sep 2004
      Text: Princess Märtha Louise expecting
      Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn announced that they were expecting their second child, the palace said today in a press release. The baby is due in the middle of April 2005 and the birth will take place at the Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo.
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      Text: Princess Märtha Louise expecting

      Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn announced that they were expecting their second child, the palace said today in a press release. The baby is due in the middle of April 2005 and the birth will take place at the Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo.

      The palace said that the princess, 32, was in good health and a normal pregnancy was expected.

      The princess and Ari Behn have a daughter from before, Maud Angelica, born on April 29, 2003.

      The news would not affect the couple's plans to move to the USA in October.

      Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn delayed their plans to move to New York City in 2003 because Märtha wanted to give birth in Norway. Then King Harald fell ill and finally Märtha wanted to be at home to celebrate the arrival of Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's first child

      Aftenposten English Web Desk

      Jonathan Tisdall
      Maud Angelica Links:,2106,2439281a12,00.html

      Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn today, at 8:10 p.m., received a
      daughter at Rikshospitalet in Oslo.

      Director of the cliinc, Professor dr. med. Thomas Åbyholm, Professor dr.
      med. Tore Henriksen, midwife Bente Rønnes and child nurse Turis
      Pettersen helped the Princess during the delivery. The doctors can
      inform us that the birth was without complications and all is well with
      mother and child.

      21 Apr 2003

      According to a boulevard magazine at the German TV channel ZDF (Saturday's edition), the baby is due within the next 10 days.
      15 APRIL 2003

      Norway's King Harald has decided that his new grandchild, expected to be born in the next few weeks, will not receive a royal title. Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn's new baby will join the order of accession to the throne, however.

      And in another break from tradition, Martha Louise has decided not to have the baby delivered by the royal physician. It is not known why the mum-to-be changed her mind, though hospital authorities insist the decision was reached by agreement.

      She and Ari are planning to spend the Easter break in Lillehammer, so there is also some uncertainty as to where the baby will be born. "If the birth starts during the princess' Easter holiday, a medical evaluation will be taken about whether she should give birth at Lillehammer's Innlandet hospital or be taken to Oslo," said National Hospital Medical Director Tore Henriksen.

      The palace has revealed that the Norwegian flag will be flown at public buildings on the day of the birth, but the baby's birthday will not be a public flag day.
      "Press statement 8 April 2003. The Princess' delivery - English Translation

      Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn's child will in accordance with the Constitution enter the line of succession to the Throne. As soon as possible after the Princess' delivery, the Storting President will be informed that an heir to the Throne has been born. Then the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, the Bishop of Oslo, the Defence and the European Royals will be informed.

      When the Storting President has been informed, an official announcement will be made by the Royal Court.

      In order to mark [the occasion] that an heir to the Throne has been born, it has been decided that it will be saluted from the Defence' "salute-bound" fortresses, forts and naval ships at the same or following day in accordance with the salute regulations.

      It has also been decided that the flags will be flying on the same or following day from the public buildings. The flag flying will take place after the Foreign Office has been informed. The child's birthday will not become an offical flag-flying day.

      A congratulatory protocol will be available at the Royal Palace from 12 to 15 o'clock the first working day after the delivery.

      His Majesty the King has decided that Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn's child will not receive a title."

      21 Mar 2003

      Norwegian speculations
      According to ABC, Märtha Louise of Norway could await twins.
      Aftenposten today ( 84176

      writes Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn have decided to move to New York later this year for an undefinate period. I am sure there will be an English summary at the Aftenposten website later today.

      10 Feb 2003
      27 DECEMBER 2002
      After a great year that's seen her marry and announce her first pregnancy, Princess Martha Louise of Norway goes into 2003 with another, less conventional, achievement under her belt a double platinum album.

      The pop princess has been on national tour with the Oslo Gospel Choir, whose album has sold more than 200,000 copies. No mean feat in a country whose music market is a tough one to break: only Elvis Presley, Björn Eidsvag and Eminem have had the same level of success.

      Martha Louise says she's thoroughly enjoyed her experience of touring with the choir, although it has been demanding. Next time she sings, she says, it'll be rock 'n' roll.

      At the gala performance that wrapped up the tour at Oslo's Spektrum stadium, Martha Louise's parents King Harald and Queen Sonja were in the audience, accompanied by her husband, the writer Ari Behn, and her brother Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Mette-Marit.
      Royal family heads for the hills

      King Harald and Queen Sonja were looking forward to have the whole family with them f has traditional royal Christmas celebration at the of family timber lodge in the hills above Oslo. Two longtime guests, however, will be missed.

      Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit is on drugs home for the holidays late last week, to after finishing up has fall semester of studies in London. Of Mette-Marit his(her) Marius is on drugs home with them, drank he was expected to spend this Christmas with his father.
      Also back home in Oslo is Princess Martha Louise, who just finished has month-long concert tour(tower) with the Oslo Gospel Choir. The pregnant princess and her husband, author Ari Behn, will join the king and queen at the lodge known have Kongsseteren.

      There will be at least two empty place at the table this year, to however. King Harald Harald Danish died last summer cousin Count Flemming, have did his great uncle Prince Carl of Sweden. Royal Both had been fixtures at the Norwegian ' Christmas celebrations.

      Other relative were expected to filter in during the week. Kongsseteren is has to popular place to go, seemingly plucked right out of has fairy tale with its old timber walls, crackling fireplaces, reads candles and traditional decorations.

      Aftenposten English Web Desk 24 Dec 2002
      Pregnant princess put on sick leave

      Princess Martha Louise appeared to be in fine form last week after her pregnancy was announced, but now she's cancelled several official engagements. Her doctor says she needs rest, but her commercial concert tour will go on as planned.

      The palace announced late last week that Princess Martha Louise is "exhausted" and has been put on indefinite sick leave.
      "There's nothing dramatic behind this," said palace spokesman Sven Gjeruldsen, adding that the princess' pregnancy is "developing normally."

      She nonetheless cancelled official engagements in Molde and Skien and a commercial program in Bergen.

      She's still expected, however, to carry out her only other official appearance before Christmas on November 9-10, when she's supposed to be present at the 75th anniversary of the Nidaros boy's choir in Trondheim. The princess' royal wedding in May was held at the Nidaros Cathedral.

      She's also expected to carry on with her paid performances with the Oslo Gospel Choir in connection with the choir's pre-Christmas concert tour within Norway.

      The princess' doctor, Babill Stray-Pedersen, declined to comment on the princess' sick leave.

      Aftenposten English Web Desk Updated: 03 Nov, 20:36
      Babel Fish Translation, In English:

      Märtha Louise: a baby for spring on 2003 (Princess Märtha Louise of Norway is expecting her first child) October 21, the royal palate of Oslo announced that the girl of king Harald will have its first baby at the end of April or at the beginning of May 2003. The birth is envisaged in Rikshospitalet of Oslo (Aftenposten). The round in the kingdom of the princess as singer, the next month, is maintained (E p).
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      She wore a tiara of Queen Maud of Norway 1869-1938, worn at her coronation.
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      24 MAY 2002 - Hello Magazine:

      As Martha Louise began her long walk down the aisle on the arm of her father King Harald, she looked every inch a fairytale princess. Her wedding dress, by favourite designer Wenche Lynche, was medieval in concept, made up of a simple scoop-necked under-gown in pale ivory satin topped by a parchment-coloured surcoat.

      Featuring a raised, open-collar and flared sleeves, it had a four-metre-long train which narrowed, heart-like, into a delicate point. It was an unusual design detail echoed in the dress' neckline, its striking peaked shoulders and the shape of the princess' bouquet.

      The 36-year-old Norwegian designer behind the royal gown once worked for Stockholm's opera house and is renowned for her dramatic creations and interesting use of decorative symbols. For Martha Louise's 30th birthday festivities, for example, Wenche's design for the princess' dress incorporated the number 30 into its detailing. It was not surprising, therefore, that the embroidered and beaded edges of Martha's heavy silk surcoat, had a special significance for the happy couple, bearing a motif made up of "M" and "A" - the bride and groom's initials.

      The initials theme was also reflected in the diminutive M and A bouquets which were carried by the flower girls and united by a flowery heart borne by the pageboy.

      Crowning her upswept hairstyle the bride wore a pearl and diamond tiara which supported a simple white veil and matched the splendid single pearl drop suspended on a diamond-encrusted chain which she wore around her neck. Classic pearl and diamond earrings completed the look.

      The Norwegian princess' bouquet, a low-key combination of pale green and cream tones, included among the lily of the valley and orchids a pair of large lilies. The delicate blooms were a touching gesture, honouring her grandmother who carried the same blooms for her nuptials to Crown Prince Olav in 1929.
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      Wedding ceremony evoked Middle Ages -

      Norway's Princess Martha Louise married author Ari Behn Friday afternoon in a ceremony reflecting the history of the ancient cathedral where it took place. Gregorian chants filled Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral, along with an 11th century folk song sung by Norway's own Sissel Kyrkjeboe.

      Bishop Finn Wagle welcomed hundreds of guests and the bridal couple by speaking of marriage as "a gift from God," and that "man and woman should be one."

      Princess Martha Louise, wearing an inherited tiara and a Middle Ages-inspired gown of off-white silk, fought back tears as she listened to the bishop's references to the "wanderings" the couple will now set off on as husband and wife.

      The princess was led up the aisle by her father, King Harald, as the Nidaros Boys Choir sung Eg er glad (I am glad) by Svein Moeller. The Trondheim choir Schola Sanctae Sunnivae followed with a Gregorian chant, Lux Illixit, a sequence also from the Middle Ages.
      Bishop Wagle stressed the need to be tolerant of one another and forgive one another. He said their love and desire to spend the rest of their lives together "defied all doubt" as they prepared for "a common future."

      In a sermon that repeatedly stressed his theme that "no one lives just for one's self," the bishop addressed the changes their lives will take and the challenges they will face as they combine royal and private roles. He called them "two young people with a unique ability to communicate" with one another and others.

      The couple was pronouced husband and wife at 4:46pm, and in line with Norwegian tradition, exchanged rings and put them on each other's right hand.
      The Trondheim Symphony Orchestra performed a stirring rendition of Edvard Grieg's Vår ("Spring") before the ceremony concluded. Queen Sonja could also be seen wiping away a tear.
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      The marriage will be on 24 may 2002 in Trondheim.
      Ari Behn was born 30 Sep 1972 in Århus in Denmark.
      His father, Olav Bjørshol, is 49 years old (born ca. 1952), and is
      married to Tone Bjerke, 52 years old (born ca. 1949).
      His mother, Marianne Solberg Behn is 48 years old (born ca. 1953), and
      lives together with Jan Pahle, 54 years old (born ca. 1947).
      He has one sister, Anja Bjørshol, 27 years old (born ca. 1974), and one
      brother, Espen Bjørshol, 23 years old (born ca. 1978).

      Norway's Princess Märtha Louise has become engaged to controversial author Ari Behn. The Royal Palace was set to make a formal announcement Thursday afternoon

      No date for Norway's next royal wedding was immediately revealed. The princess' father King Harald V made a formal announcement of the engagement to Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik Thursday morning. The government quickly issued formal congratulations to Princess Märtha Louise and Behn.

      The couple were first romantically linked earlier this year, just months after the princess broke off with an earlier boyfriend in the Netherlands and came home to Norway after spending several years in equestrian training overseas.

      The relationship immediately set off controversy, not only because Behn was viewed as a hip, radical author but because he'd been viewed as condoning drug use in a television documentary he'd appeared in.

      One local magazine wrote at the time that Queen Sonja, the princess' mother, was upset over the relationship. The princess later accused the media of lying.

      Neither the princess nor the palace have ever confirmed the romance but Behn soon starting turning up more often on the princess' arm. In the run-up to last summer's royal wedding between Princess Märtha Louise's younger brother and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, Behn figured prominently at parties and receptions. He was also a guest at the Oslo Cathedral, but not at the wedding dinner afterwards.

      Speculation soon rose that another royal wedding was in the cards, and it accelerated when Behn and the princess publicly showed their affection for each other during her 30th birthday party celebration in September.

      Behn, 29, lived in Moss and sprang to prominence in 1999 when his book "Trist som faen" (which roughly translates to "Sad as hell") was published. The book received good reviews and he since has been a fixture among Oslo's "young and trendy" cultural elite. He's often spotted wandering around town dressed in dark suits with his hair slicked back.

      Princess Märtha Louise grew up at the royal suburban compound Skaugum, west of Oslo. She was educated as a physical therapist but has never practiced, and instead spent most of her 20s riding horses in international competition.

      The couple reportedly met through Behn's mother, Marianne Solberg Behn, who also is a physical therapist and knew the princess professionally.

      Behn has just returned from a trip to Pakistan, where he's working on a documentary about Afghanistan natives living in the border area. The princess has kept a high profile lately, most recently appearing at several of the events held in connection with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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      Norway's Princess Martha Louise, daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja, belongs to one of the simplest monarchies in the world. The royal family, which enjoys massive popularity and public support, is so pared-down that only the king and queen and their two children are on the royal payrool although the family will be expanding slightly now that Crown Prince Haakon is engaged.
      Photographers have been a part of our lives from the moment we were born, from the moment we were taken home from the hospital, says the 29-year-old with the clear blue eyes and gamine haircut. My friends didn't have family photo shoots every year with professional photographers in the way that we did. And I remember that my first day at school was very different the press used to follow me and my parents to school all the time, which was something that didn't happen to any of the other kids.
      Describing herself as straightforward and with a good sense of humour, Martha Louise says that she tries to make people around her feel at ease. I try to be honest with myself and those I'm with, she continues. I've never tried to be something I'm not. If that's not good enough, tough! I'm pretty sporty and like the outdoor life.
      Although no handsome prince has turned up on his white charger to settle down with the Princess, Martha Louise stresses that he doesn't have to have a title. Since we don't have an aristocracy any more, it's easier to meet people from right across the social spectrum.
      And that is just what her brother Haakon Magnus has done, announcing his engagement this month to single mother Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby. I think it's wonderful that my brother has found someone he truly loves, says the relaxed young princess, adding that his new-found status is something that she will want a piece of, sooner or later. I'd really like to get married and have children. That would be a big change!
      Hello Magazi
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